Aug. 19, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head football coach Mick Dennehy ran the Aggies through a 45-minute controlled scrimmage at Romney Stadium on Saturday. The short workout concluded the first full week of practice for the Aggies, who will continue two-a-day workouts on Monday.
Backup quarterback Brian Benza was the standout offensively, leading both touchdown drives. The senior from Carpenteria, Calif. completed three-of-five passes for a team-best 54 yards. Among his completions was a 20-yard scoring strike to newcomer JerRon Tatum.
"We showed signs of becoming a football team," Dennehy said. "We need to clean up some little things, but all in all I thought the execution was good."
Defensively, USU recorded four sacks, including one by linebacker Blake Eagal, who had practiced just one day after missing the first week of camp due to a death in the family.
"I thought our effort up front was good," Dennehy said of the defense. "We were close enough to put some pressure on the quarterbacks."
Utah State will hold two-a-days Monday through Thursday before holding a final scrimmage on Friday. USU opens the season Sept. 2 at Texas Tech and will host Southern Utah on Sept. 9. Season tickets are available by calling 1-888-U-STATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
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