USU Football Completes First Two-A-Day Monday
Aug. 13, 2007
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LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's football team held its first two-a-day practice of the preseason camp with a pair of two-hour practices Monday at the USU football practice field. Monday also marked the team's first day in the new North End Zone Complex locker room and Dale Mildenberger Sports Medicine Complex.
The Aggies took the field for a work-out in the morning and then again in the late afternoon. USU has five more two-a-day practices scheduled: Wednesday, Aug. 15; Friday, Aug. 17; Monday, Aug. 20; Wednesday Aug. 22 and Friday, Aug. 24.
"We had our first set of two-a-days today and it was a little hot and muggy this morning, but our tempo has been really, really good," USU head coach Brent Guy said. "We've been pushing the kids, working hard on individual and group drills. We also exchanged personnel on and off the field, running on and off at game tempo. It's really working well for us. Now is when we start to get tough on the guys and this is the stretch of camp where the players need to get tough mentally because of getting physically tired. This is the time when we need to focus and not make very many mistakes."
The team ran some game situation drills, where both the defense and offense showed promise.
"We weren't too bad today," Guy said. "The defense made some plays on third down drills, but the offense made plays when doing the red zone drills, making some nice throws and putting the ball into the end zone. It was nice to see the offense bounce back after getting sacked about three times in a row in third down drills."
Guy singled out reshirt-freshman wide receiver Tony Harkey's performance in practice, as well as the whole receiver corps.
"Tony is really catching the ball well," Guy said. "Our whole receiver group generally speaking is catching the ball really well, away from their body, getting their hands up and catching it. We've been real pleased with those guys, we think they're all going to be able to help us and contribute. Nnamdi Gwacham and Kevin Robinson have made some great catches. Otis Nelson has had a good camp so far as well. Omar Sawyer has caught a lot of nice balls too. That's a group that has played since they were young and played quite a bit. Tony is really the only redshirt in the bunch but the rest of the guys have been in the game."
In addition to the receivers, Guy was also high on the running backs and offensive line.
"Curtis Marsh continues to get better and better at running back, we see him make a big run every day, and Aaron Lesue has been very consistent, just like he was in the spring," Guy said. "Our first group of the offensive line have been doing a good job. You don't see defensive lineman get turned loose in the backfield very often. They do a good job of protecting the quarterback."
The North End Zone Complex will serve to meet the academic and athletic needs of all 16 Utah State University intercollegiate sports. The state-of-the-art facility will house an extensively improved Dale Mildenberger Sports Medicine Complex, new locker rooms, a Hall of Fame and a hospitality plaza on the first floor. The second floor will house coaches' offices and conference rooms, while classrooms, computer labs and tutoring rooms will reside on the third floor.
USU returns to the practice field Tuesday as the Aggies continue the countdown to the August 30th home-opener of the 2007 season.
Utah State opens the season on Thursday, Aug. 30, hosting UNLV in a 6:05 p.m. kick off at Romney Stadium. After road games at Wyoming on Sept. 8 and Oklahoma on Sept. 15, the Aggies return for Homecoming 2007 on Sept. 22, hosting San Jose State. USU then faces in-state rival Utah on Sept. 29 at Salt Lake City, followed by a game at Hawai'i on Oct. 6. The Aggies then have three home dates in a four game span, opening with Nevada on Oct. 20, followed by Louisiana Tech on Oct. 27. After going to Fresno State on Nov. 3, USU's home finale is on Nov. 10 with Boise State. The regular-season concludes with games on New Mexico State and Idaho on Nov. 17 and 24, respectively.
USU, which was picked eighth entering its third season in the WAC, was 1-11 overall and 1-7 in WAC play last year, finishing tied for eighth after being picked seventh in both of last season's preseason media and coaches' polls.
The first scrimmage is slated for Thursday, Aug. 16 as part of Aggie Football Family Fun Night, sponsored by Macey's Foods with free admission. The scrimmage starts at 4:30 p.m., while games and activities for fans get underway on the South Concourse of Romney Stadium at 5 p.m. Following the scrimmage, from 6-7 p.m. fans can get their favorite Aggies' autographs and play catch with an Aggie on the field. Fans can also purchase reserved season and general admission single-game tickets at the Romney Stadium Box Office.
Contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435)797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for ticket information.