Utah State Football Notes (August 17, 2004)
Aug. 17, 2004
UTAH STATE FOOTBALL NOTES
THE NFL AND USU
Three former Utah State football players in the NFL have brothers that are on the Aggie football team this season.
Kevin Curtis, who finished his USU career as the school's all-time leading receiver in 2002 is with the St. Louis Rams and his brother Chris is a walkon to this year's USU team and will most likely redshirt this year.
Chris Cooley, who set several school tight end receiving records last year, is with the Washington Redskins and his brother Tanner signed with the Aggies last spring. He will most likely redshirt as well.
Casey Poppinga, who was a starter at tight end for USU for three seasons from 2000-02, is with the Seattle Seahawks, His brother Kelly is fighting for a starting spot at linebacker for the Aggies this fall.
MORE SIBLING COMBINATIONS
For each of the last nine years Utah State has had at least one member of the Fiefia family earn a letter. Walter Fiefia earned letters as a defensive tackle from 1995-98, while his brother Vaea lettered in 1995, 97-99. Their cousin David lettered from 2000-03. This year, look for Walter and Vaea's younger brother Emosi, a redshirt freshman, to make it 10 consecutive seasons. Walter, Vaea and Emosi all played at Mountain Crest High School, while David was from Hunter High School in West Valley City.
Brothers Ronald and Elliott Tupea are starters on the defensive and offensive lines respectively.
Wide receiver Kevin Robinson is the brother of USU secondary coach John Rushing.
Wide receiver Tarrell Richards had his sister Taylor sign to play women's basketball at USU this season. They are from Hunter High School in West Valley City.
Tight end Jason Stephens' wife Carolyn, is a member of the USU women's tennis team.
Linebacker John Chick's younger sister Jessica is going to be a freshman on this year's Aggie volleyball team.
JUST LIKE DEAR OLD DAD
Aggie quarterback Travis Cox's father Dan, led USU in rushing back in 1976.
Steven Jacson II, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, is following in his father's footsteps. His dad Steven lettered at USU in the early 1980s.