USU Offense Looks Sharp In Thursday Scrimmage

Aug. 24, 2006

LOGAN, Utah - Five different Aggie quarterbacks threw touchdown passes in Utah State's final preseason scrimmage as the Aggie offense looked sharp here on Thursday afternoon.

For the second scrimmage in a row, quarterback Bryan Black and wide receiver Otis Nelson put up some big numbers. The two connected on a 98-yard scoring pass early in the scrimmage.

Black finished the day hitting two of five for 108 yards, while Nelson had the one catch for 98 yards. Last week Black was 12 of 15 for 234 yards while Nelson had six receptions for 129 yards.

Starting quarterback Leon Jackson III was five of six for 56 yards with a 21-yard scoring pass to Tony Pennyman. Jase McComick was two of three for 60 yards, while Riley Nelson hit six of 10 for 37 yards and Mike Affleck was two of two for 29 yards.

Antraun McDaniel was the scrimmage's top rusher carrying 11 times for 42 yards. He scored on a one-yard dive over the top of the line and then burst through the line almost untouched for a 32-yard score later in the day.

Other running backs of note included Robert Sirstins, a transfer from Utah, who arrived on campus this week, and slated starter Marcus Cross. Sirstins had four carries for 30 yards, while Cross ran nine times for 28 yards.

"Our tempo was much better this week," said USU head coach Brent Guy. "We started the scrimmage backed up in a critical situation to see how guys would react to that. We did a good job of getting the ball out of there and then we turned around with goal line. Things happened the way they should have happened until we got the penalty - the personal foul. Those are the things that cannot happen."

The offense made several big plays and was very successful on its possessions scoring eight times.

"I was encouraged," Guy said. "I thought the offense made some good plays. We took advantage of some freshmen at the corner positions that are still learning the hard way. I was glad to see our running game. When you can run the football, it sets up the play-action stuff and deep ball."

The Aggie defense also made several big plays as Alan Bishop and Ryan Taylor each had two sacks. Safety Terrance Washington recorded an interception and another interception by Maxim Dinka was called off due to a penalty.

"Defensively we have got to force them into third and long," Guy said. "We had too many third and shorts tonight and that is what got them on the short end of the stick."

Utah State will close out its fall camp with two practices on Friday before holding a mock game on Saturday. Saturday's workout is closed to the public. The Aggies begin school on Monday and will play at Wyoming on Saturday, Sept. 2 to open the 2006 season.


Scoring Summary
98 pass, Otis Nelson from Bryan Black (Justin Hamblin kick)
3 pass, Tarell Richards from Riley Nelson (Hamblin kick)
1 run, Antraun McDaniel (Courtney Cano kick)
21 pass, Tony Pennyman from Leon Jackson III (Hamblin kick)
13 pass, Tanner Gatchell from Mike Affleck (Cano kick)
25 field goal, Hamblin
32 run, McDaniel (Bryan Shields no good)
18 pass, Gatchell from Jase McCormick (Cano kick)

Rushing Antraun McDaniel 11-42 (2 TD) Robert Sirstins 4-30 Marcus Cross 9-28 Jacob Actkinson 2-12 Bryan Black 3-9 Riley Nelson 3-(-2) Jase McCormick 2-(-7) Leon Jackson 2-(-24)

Passing Bryan Black 5-2-1, 108 (1 TD) Jase McCormick 3-2-0, 60 (1 TD) Leon Jackson 6-5-0, 56 (1 TD) Riley Nelson 10-6-0, 37 (1 TD) Mike Affleck 2-2-0, 29 (1 TD)

Receiving Otis Nelson 1-98 (1 TD) Tony Pennyman 4-46 (1 TD) Aaron Lesue 1-42 Tanner Gatchell 2-32 (2 TD) Tarell Richards 3-24 (1 TD) Kendall Fisher 1-16 Ryan Bohm 2-15 Matthew Kohler 1-8 Antraun McDaniel 1-7 Jimmy Bohm 1-1

Sacks Alan Bishop 2 Ryan Taylor 2

Interceptions Terrance Washington 1



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