Aggie Football Team Runs Through Controlled Scrimmage

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."

Aggie running backs carried the ball just 13 times with John Roberts rushing twice for 13 yards and Emmett White running six times for 12 yards and a five yard touchdown.

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.

Scrimmage Statistics

Scoring Emmett White, 5 yard run JerRon Tatum from Brian Benza, 20 yard pass

Rushing John Roberts 2-13 Emmett White 6-12 (1 TD) Ben Rex 1-11 Roger Fernandez 1-7 Brian Benza 2-7 Jeff Crosbie 1-5

Passing Brian Benza 5-3-0, 54 (1 TD) Jeff Crosbie 4-2-0, 30 Jose Fuentes 7-4-0, 19 Kjell Nesen 1-1-0, 6 Travis Cox 3-1-0, 5

Receiving Steve Mullins 1-28 Aaron Jones 1-21 JerRon Tatum 1-20 (1 TD) John Roberts 2-11 Scott Collins 2-10 Casey Poppinga 1-9 Chris Cooley 1-6 Roger Fernandez 1-5 J.R. Suguturaga 1-4

Sacks Robert Watts Jason Moore Blake Eagal Tyler Olsen



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