Meet The Aggies #6 (Jones and Sanders)
Aug. 26, 2000
Meet The Aggies
Note: The USU athletic media relations office will feature a newcomer and a veteran football player each day on the web site leading into the season opener against Texas Tech.
Aaron Jones made an impact on the Utah State football team right out of the gate last season.
Jones recorded three 100-plus yard receiving days in the first four games and was quickly ranked among the national leaders. He caught 10 passes for 105 yards against Georgia and had 11 catches for 188 yards the next week against Stephen F. Austin. In the fourth game he pulled in 10 balls for 195 yards against Brigham Young.
However, as the season went on, Jones' numbers dropped. Then he suffered some injuries that kept him out of the final two games of the year. Still Jones finished 22nd in the nation in receiving as numbers included 54 catches for 653 yards. This year he hopes to maintain his success all season long.
"I have to be a leader this year," Jones said. "It is time to step up."
Jones spent the summer working to make himself a better football player and help USU improve on last year's 4-7 record.
"I think I have gotten faster and stronger," he said. "I worked hard this summer. I think my catching is better too."
Last year Marshall Sanders was a standout wide receiver for the junior college national champions as he caught 39 passes for 800 yards and four touchdowns for the City College of San Francisco. This year he is busy trying to earn a starting spot at Utah State.
He is excited about football and trying to become a better football player and in fact on Friday he said he was actually going to miss two-a-day practices.
"I still have a lot to learn," he said after the Friday scrimmage.
In the scrimmage Sanders hauled in a 28-yard reception from Brian Benza for the night's longest pass play. At just 5-8, 160, Sanders has great speed and could be a factor for the Aggies this season.
Sanders went to high school in Columbus, Ohio before attending City College of San Francisco. Choosing between a career in either nursing or engineering, Sanders felt like Logan would be a good fit for him.
"It is a different environment and I can focus more on my classes," Sanders said of Utah State.