Aug. 30, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
UTAH STATE at No. 7 OKLAHOMA Saturday, Sept. 4 - 5 p.m. (MT) Gaylord Family- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112) Norman, Okla.
QUICKLY -- Utah State (0-0, 0-0 WAC) kicks off the 2010 season by heading to Norman, Okla., to take on No. 7 Oklahoma (0-0, 0-0 Big 12), on Saturday, Sept. 4... Kickoff from OU's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112) is slated for 5 p.m. (MT)... Saturday's battle between the Aggies and Sooners will be televised on Fox Sports Pay Per View.
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Sooners:
-- USU head coach Gary Andersen starts his second season at the helm of the Aggies.
-- The Aggies have one player from Oklahoma and eight from Texas.
-- Utah State is facing Oklahoma for the second time in the last four years, playing at Norman in 2007, losing, 54-3... USU is 0-4 all-time vs. OU, all at Norman.
-- Saturday marks the second-straight season and third in the last four that the Aggies play a Big 12 team after taking on Texas A&M last season and Oklahoma in 2007.
-- USU is 3-20 in season-openers, opening season on road for third-straight season and ninth time in last 11 years.
-- Utah State is facing a ranked opponent in its season-opener for the second year in a row and for the third time in last 12 seasons, playing at #12 Georgia on Sept. 4, 1999... Overall, it is the seventh time in USU history to take on a ranked opposition in the season-opener.
-- The Aggies are opening a season against a Big 12 team for the second time in the last 11 seasons, taking on Texas Tech in 2000.
-- Overall, Utah State is 9-41-1 all-time against teams in the current Big 12, having lost the last 10 in a row... USU's last win vs. a Big 12 school was a 28-16 win over Kansas State in 1992.
-- Saturday marks the fourth time in the last five meetings against a Big 12 opponent and sixth in the last eight that the Big 12 team was ranked at the time.
-- USU is 1-3 in games played on Sept. 4, with all four on the road.
-- Utah State is 0-5 in games played on Oklahoma soil, going 0-4 vs. OU and 0-1 against Oklahoma State (1996).
-- The Aggies will be playing a No. 7 ranked team for the fourth time ever, and USU is currently 0-3 against No. 7.
FOLLOWING THE GAME
ON TV -- Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Sooners will be televised on Fox Sports Pay Per View... Bill Jones will handle play-by-play duties while Dean Blevins will provide analysis, while Elissa Walker Campbell will be the sideline reporter.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; 1230 or 1320 AM in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Al Lewis handles the play-by-play duties while Craig Hislop provides analysis.
ON THE INTERNET -- USU home football games are also streamed on the Internet through "Aggies All Access," by clicking on the "Live Aggies Video" link in the right hand column on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com.
GAMETRACKER -- Fans can follow all USU Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
Live stats are available for Saturday's game via GameTracker and can be accessed by clicking on the "GameTracker" link or the "live stats" link on USU's web site.
COACHES SHOW ON THE ROAD -- The Gary Andersen radio show will rotate between Bajio Mexican Grill and Firehouse Pizza on Thursday nights (6:05-6:45 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Upcoming Coaches Show: Sept. 2 Bajio Mexican Grill / Sept. 9 Firehouse Pizza
UP NEXT -- Utah State hosts border-foe Idaho State in the Aggies' home-opener on Saturday, Sept. 11... The first game on newly-named Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium is slated for a 6 p.m. (MT) kickoff.
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
RED DIRT REGION RETURN -- Utah State has one player from Oklahoma and eight from Texas... The lone Sooner State native is redshirt-freshman CB Cameron Sanders (Oklahoma City/Millwood HS)... The eight Texans are senior LB/DE Maxim Dinka-Mba (Plano/Plano HS), redshirt-freshman OL Chris Friesen (Mansfield/Mansfield Summit HS), junior OL Robert Hill (Southlake/Southlake Carroll HS), senior CB Washington Igboeli (Grand Prairie/South Grand Prairie HS/Navarro JC), freshman RB Robert Marshall (Dallas/A. Maceo Smith HS), junior S Walter McClenton (Arlington/Bowie HS), senior RB Derrvin Speight (Irving/MacArthur HS) and sophomore DE Robert Tidwell (Humble/Atascocita HS).
NEW LOOK HELMETS/HELMET STICKERS -- Utah State's helmets got an new look this summer, as the white helmet with larger navy blue metallic paint flakes is an upgrade from the white helmet with small black metallic flakes last year, while the navy blue facemasks replace white masks that have adorned the white helmet with U-State logo since the mid-90's.
Additionally, helmet stickers will be awarded to players, with a block A for academic achievement and community service and a bull head for athletic recognition. All helmets will also have a "71" sticker on the back, honoring USU legend Merlin Olsen, who passed away March 11, 2010.
LATE OPENER -- USU's Sept. 4 season-opener is the Aggies' latest first game of a season since also starting the 2004 season on Sept. 4... Utah State's only later season-opener in the last 18 years was in 1998 when USU began the season ledger on Sept. 5.
SEASON-OPENERS -- Utah State's season-opener's have not been kind to the Aggies, who are just 3-20 in their last 23 season-openers, winning in 1993, 1996 and 1997... In those three years of the Aggies winning their season-opener, USU has had a winning season, been to a bowl game or in some cases shared or won the conference title (USU was 7-5 in 1993, winning the Las Vegas Bowl and tying for the Big West Conference championship; 6-5 in 1996; 6-6 in 1997 after losing in the Humanitarian Bowl and again tying for the Big West championship).
STARTING ON SEPT. 4 -- Saturday marks the fifth time in USU history that the Aggies have opened the season on Sept. 4 and the first since 2004... USU has played all four Sept. 4 lid-lifters away from home and the Aggies are 1-3 overall in Sept. 4 season-openers.
Season-Openers On Sept. 4 / USU's History On Sept. 4 1976 - L 10-45 at San Jose State 1993 - W 34-13 at Southwest Louisiana 1999 - L 7-38 at #12 Georgia 2004 - L 17-48 at AlabamaCENTRAL TIME ZONE TWICE -- Utah State has two games in the Central Time Zone this season (at Oklahoma on Sept. 4, at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 9), marking the first time the Aggies have had two road games in the one-hour earlier time zone since 2006 when USU played at Arkansas and at Louisiana Tech.
USU IN OKLAHOMA -- Utah State has an 0-5 record in the Sooner State, going 0-4 at Oklahoma (1972, 1974, 1991, 2007) and 0-1 at Oklahoma State (1996).
UTAH STATE-OKLAHOMA SERIES -- Utah State is 0-4 vs. Oklahoma, with all four games at Norman, last playing there in 2007... OU beat USU, 54-3, in the last meeting in 2007, as well as beating the Aggies, 55-21 on Sept. 21, 1991, when the Sooners were ranked No. 7 in the country (just as they are Saturday)... OU also beat USU, 72-3 on Sept. 28, 1974 and 49-0 on Sept. 16, 1972 in the first meeting.
USU vs. Oklahoma Overall: 0-4-0 / Home: 0-0-0 / Away: 0-4-0 9-16-72 L 0-49 A 9-28-74 L 3-72 A 9-21-91 L 21-55 A 9-15-07 L 3-54 AUSU VS. OU IN SEPTEMBER -- All four meetings between Utah State and Oklahoma have been in September, but have gotten earlier each time in the last three meetings... Since meeting on Sept. 16 in 1972, the Aggies and Sooners have squared off on Sept. 28 in 1974, Sept. 21 in 1991 and Sept. 15 in 2007.
AGGIE-SOONER NOTE-ABLE -- Utah State has one player from the state of Oklahoma in redshirt-sophomore cornerback Cameron Sanders, who is from Oklahoma City and went to Millwood HS... Oklahoma has seven players from Oklahoma City, but none were teammates with Sanders at Millwood... The Sooners do not have any players from the state of Utah.
HOMETOWN FOES -- There are five Arlington, Texas natives involved in Saturday's game in Aggie junior S Walter McClenton (Bowie HS), who was high school teammates with Sooner redshirt-freshman DE Jarrett Brown at Bowie HS, while OU senior DB Jonathan Nelson, junior DB Jamell Fleming (Seguin HS) and sophomore QB Ben Sherrard (Lamar HS) went to other high schools... USU redshirt-freshman OL Chris Friesen and OU senior DT Adrian Taylor are both from Mansfield, Texas, but Friesen went to Mansfield Summit HS and Taylor went to Mansfield HS... USU senior RB Derrvin Speight (MacArthur HS) and OU freshman DT Damon Williams (Nimitz HS) are both from Irving, Texas, but went to different high schools.
OPENING ON ROAD -- The Aggies are opening the season on the road for the third-straight season and ninth time in last 11 years, only starting at home in 2002 and 2007... The 2005 season was supposed to start at home, but USU's season and home-opener against Nichols State was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina.
OPENING AGAINST A RANKED OPPOSITION -- USU is opening the season against a ranked opponent for the seventh time in history
Sept. 12, 1970 - L 0-37 at #14 Kansas State Sept. 6, 1986 - L 0-52 at #18 BYU Sept. 5, 1987 - L, 12-56 at #2 Nebraska Sept. 3, 1988 - L, 13-63 at #2 Nebraska Sept. 4, 1999 - L, 7-38 at #12 Georgia Sept. 3, 2009 - L, 17-35 at #19 UtahA BIG 12 STARTER -- Utah State's season-opener at Oklahoma is the second time in the last 11 seasons that USU has faced a Big 12 team in its season-opener, taking on Texas Tech in 2000... Overall, the Aggies have taken on a current Big 12 team to open the season six times: 2010 at Oklahoma, 2000 at Texas Tech, 1988 and 1987 at Nebraska, 1971 and 1970 at Kansas State.
UTAH STATE vs. BIG 12 HISTORY -- Saturday marks the second-straight season and third in the last four that the Aggies play a Big 12 team after taking on Texas A&M last season and Oklahoma in 2007... Overall, Utah State is 9-41-1 all-time against teams in the current Big 12, having lost the last 10 in a row... USU's last win vs. a Big 12 school was a 28-16 win over Kansas State in 1992... The Aggies' most common league opponent has been Colorado and USU is 6-11-1 against the Buffaloes all-time... USU owns a winning record against one conference team with a 3-2 mark against Kansas State... Saturday marks the fourth time in the last five meetings and sixth in the last eight that USU has faced a ranked Big 12 opponent... Here is a look at the last 10 meetings against the league:
1993 - L 24-28 vs Baylor 1996 - L 17-31 at Oklahoma State 1996 - L 20-58 at Texas Tech 1998 - L 6-25 at #15 Colorado 1999 - L 0-40 at #19 Kansas State 2000 - L 16-38 at Texas Tech 2002 - L 13-44 at #9 Nebraska 2003 - L 7-31 at #23 Nebraska 2007 - L 3-54 at #3 Oklahoma 2009 - L 30-38 at Texas A&MUSU VS. THE TOP 25 -- USU will be playing its 53rd game all-time against a ranked team on Saturday, (Oklahoma is No. 7 in the preseason AP poll) and is just 1-51 against teams in the AP poll... The Aggies are 0-41 on the road vs. a top 25 team... The Aggies' lone win against a ranked team was a 20-19 upset of 25th-ranked Fresno State in 1991... Since then, USU has lost 26-straight games against ranked teams... Saturday marks the 21st time during the 2000's decade that USU has faced a ranked team - here is a look at those games:
Sept. 8, 2001 - L 14-31 at #13 LSU Sept. 29, 2001 - L 21-38 vs #6 Oregon Oct. 5, 2001 - L 34-54 at #18 BYU Dec. 1, 2001 - L 21-70 at #21 Fresno State Sept. 7, 2002 - L 13-44 at #9 Nebraska Sept. 6, 2003 - L 7-31 at #23 Nebraska Sept. 18, 2004 - L 6-48 #15 Utah Oct. 29, 2005 - L 3-35 at #5 Alabama Nov. 18, 2006 - L 10-49 at #18 Boise State Sept. 15, 2007 - L 3-54 at #3 Oklahoma Oct. 6, 2007 - L 37-52 at #16 Hawai'i Nov. 10, 2007 - L 0-52 vs #19 Boise State Sept. 6, 2008 - L 24-66 at #18 Oregon Sept. 13, 2008 - L, 10-58 vs #22 Utah Oct. 3, 2008 - L, 14-34 vs #8 BYU Nov. 8, 2008 - L, 14-49 at #9 Boise State Sept. 3, 2009 - L, 17-35 at #19 Utah Oct. 2, 2009 - L, 17-35 at #20 BYU Nov. 20, 2009 - L, 21-53 vs #6 Boise StateAGGIES VS. NO. 7 -- The Aggies will be playing a No. 7 ranked team for the fourth time ever, and USU is currently 0-3 against No. 7... Utah State has only played two different No. 7 teams, playing Texas twice when the Longhorns were ranked No. 7, Oct. 4, 1975, losing 61-7 and Sept. 20, 1980, losing 35-17... USU's last time facing a No. 7 team was Sept. 21, 1991, when USU also played Oklahoma, losing 55-21 to the seventh-ranked Sooners at Norman.
ROAD BOOK-ENDS -- Utah State will open and close the regular-season on the road for the second-straight season, kicking off the season at Oklahoma on Sept. 4 and playing its regular-season finale at Boise State on Dec. 4... Last year USU opened at Utah and closed at Idaho... The last time that the Aggies book-ended the season's schedule with home games was 1998 when they hosted Utah in the season-opener and hosted North Texas in the finale.
NO WILLIE -- USU will not hear Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" this season as the Aggies do not have consecutive road games on the 2010 schedule, marking only the third time that has happened in the last 100 years, joining the 1920 and 2005 ledgers.
BIG RETURNS -- TACKLES -- According to research by the Wall Street Journal, Utah State ranks 23rd in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in tackles returning, including four of its top five tacklers in junior linebacker Bobby Wager (first on team, first in WAC, 115 tackles), senior safety Rajric Coleman (third, 74), junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher and senior cornerback Chris Randle (tied for fourth with 53 each)... The only Aggie defender on the top five tackle list that did not return is second-leading tackler safety James Brindley, who graduated.
OFFENSE -- USU returns 87.82 percent of its offensive production, which according to Phil Steele's College Football Preview, is the second-highest percentage in the WAC and 26th in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Boise State leads the conference and the country with 99.25 percent.
KICKOFF RETURNS -- Utah State returns 91.4 percent of its kickoff returns and 95.9 percent of its kick return yards, as all but five of the Aggies' 58 kick returns and all but 55 of the 1,345 kickoff return yards belong to players on the 2010 roster, including the top two in current sophomore Kerwynn Williams (45 for 1,131 yards) and current senior Michael Smith (five-109 yards).
SACKS -- The USU defense returns 76.5 percent of its sacks, as the returning defenders totaled 13 of the Aggies' 17 sacks last season, including junior defensive end Levi Koskan and junior linebacker Junior Keiaho, who shared the team-lead with three sacks apiece in 2009.
RUSHERS -- The Aggies return their top five rushers from last season, including 98.6 percent of their rushes (489 return/496 total), along with 98.5 percent of its rushing yards (2,276 return/2,311 total) and 100 percent of its rushing TD's (25 total).
PERSONNEL BREAKDOWN -- FROM NEAR AND FAR -- USU's roster consists of players from 15 different states and from two countries in the United States and Canada. The states represented on the Aggies' roster are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.
VETERAN EXPERIENCE -- The Aggies have 22 seniors in 2010. Of the 22, 11 are at least two-year letterwinners, including seven who are three-year lettermen, in QB Diondre Borel, OL Spencer Johnson, CB Curtis Marsh, CB Chris Randle, DT Nathan Royster, P/PK Peter Caldwell and LS Patrick Scales.
THE TALL OF IT -- USU has six players who are 6'5" or taller, 6'8" freshman OL Bryce Walker, 6'7" senior OL Spencer Johnson, 6'7" junior TE Tarren Lloyd, 6'6" junior OL Tanner Richins, 6'5" sophomore OL Brooks Abel and 6'5" sophomore OL Oscar Molina-Sanchez.
THE SHORT OF IT -- Junior running back Josh Flores is the shortest player on Utah State's 2010 roster at 5'5"... Overall, Flores is one of 15 players on the Aggies' roster under 5'10" tall.
NAME GAME -- USU could form its own legal company of `Johnson, Johnson and Johnson' for the medical company of Johnson & Johnson, as the Aggies have three players with the last name of Johnson on their 2010 roster and even though all three are from California, none of them are related: senior OL Spencer Johnson (Lancaster), senior DL Devin Johnson (Glendora) and freshman WR Shaan Johnson (Cerritos).
SMART AGGIES -- Utah State had 15 academic all-WAC selections for football, part of USU's 41 fall academic all-conference honors, which was second in the WAC... Overall, USU had 194 student-athletes recognized by the league office for academic achievements during the 2009-10 academic year, as Utah State has led the WAC in academic all-conference honors all five years that it has been in the league.
BOREL SCHOOL RECORD HOLDER -- Quarterback Diondre Borel enters his senior season with three school records in his pocket, as he is the USU record holder for single-season total offense (3,343 yards, 2009), single-season rushing yards by a QB (632 in 2008) and career rushing yards for a QB (1,098 yards, 2007-pres.)... Borel's 105 rushing yards in 2008 vs. Fresno State (Oct. 31),was just shy of the single-game rushing record by a QB of 121 yards held by Tony Adams vs. Colorado State in 1972.
Rushing Yards by a Quarterback Game: 121, Tony Adams (12 attempts) vs. Colorado State, 1972 105, Diondre Borel (12 attempts) vs. Idaho, 2008 Season: 632, Diondre Borel (179 att.), 2008 Career: 1,098, Diondre Borel (351 att.), 2007-pres.
Single-Season Total Offense No. Name Year Yds. 1. Diondre Borel, Jr. 2009 3,343 2. Anthony Calvillo, Sr. 1993 3,260 3. Jose Fuentes, Sr. 2002 3,164 4. Brent Snyder, Sr. 1988 3,154 5. Tony Adams, Sr. 1972 2,953 6. Jose Fuentes, Jr. 2001 2,920 7. Matt Sauk, Sr. 1997 2,898 8. Travis Cox, Jr. 2003 2,844 9. Brent Snyder, Jr. 1987 2,774 10. Patrick Mullins, Jr. 1995 2,678
BOREL RECORD WATCH -- With 5,690 career total offense yards, Borel is No. 6 on USU's career total offense list, needing 148 to reach former Aggie legend and current CFL great Anthony Calvillo (1992-93) at No. 5 with 5,838 yards... Borel needs 3,101 yards to reach USU's career total offense record holder Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) at No. 1 with 8,791 yards... Borel needs 364 yards of total offense to crack the WAC's top 40 Total Offense list... He also is No. 8 on USU's career passing list with 4,590 yards, needing 132 for the No. 7 spot, held by Travis Cox (2001-04) with 4,722... With 410 more yards, Borel would become just the seventh Aggie QB to reach the 5,000 passing yard plateau... He needs a video game-esque season and nearly double his current total of 4,590 yards to catch Fuentes at No. 1 with 9,168 passing yards, trailing by a mere 4,578 yards... Borel presently has 1,100 career rushing yards, needing 44 yards to reach the No. 19 spot, currently held by Jerry Hughes (1971-72) with 1,144 yards.
Career Total Offense No. Name Years Yds. 1. Jose Fuentes 1999-2002 8,791 2. Tony Adams 1970-72 6,587 3. Eric Hipple 1976-79 6,121 4. Brent Snyder 1987-88 5,928 5. Anthony Calvillo 1992-93 5,838 6. Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 5,690 7. Matt Sauk 1996-97 5,466 8. Leon Jackson III 2004-07 5,035 9. Travis Cox 2001-04 4,844 10. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933
Career Passing No. Name Years Yds. 1. Jose Fuentes 1999-2002 9,168 2. Tony Adams 1970-72 6,226 3. Brent Snyder 1987-88 6,105 4. Eric Hipple 1976-79 6,073 5. Anthony Calvillo 1992-93 5,642 6. Matt Sauk 1996-97 5,385 7. Travis Cox 2001-04 4,722 8. Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 4,590 9. Leon Jackson III 2004-07 4,221 10. Ron Lopez 1990-91 4,182
Career Rushing No. Name Years Yds. 1. Demario Brown 1996-1999 4,053 2. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933 3. Rick Parros 1976-79 3,537 4. Louie Giammona 1973-75 3,499 5. Emmett White 1998-01 2,791 6. Roger Grant 1990-91 2,387 7. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 2,206 8. Altie Taylor 1966-68 1,959 9. Jay Van Noy 1946-49 1,923 10. Jack Hill 1952,55-56 1,820 11. Robert Turbin 2008-pres. 1,798 12. Maurice Turner 1979-82 1,549 13. Roy Shivers 1964-65 1,468 14. John Strycula 1969-71 1,412 15. Demetrius Brown 1986-89 1,252 16. Archie Gibson 1972-73 1,235 17. David Fiefia 2000-03 1,193 18. Mac Lane 1966-67 1,182 19. Jerry Hughes 1971-72 1,144 20. Diondre Borel 2007-pres. 1,100 21. Buddy Allen 1958-59 1,062
2K BOREL -- Borel became just the 18th Aggie QB in school history to top the 2,000 passing yard plateau, finishing with 2,885 yards in 2009, the most since Jose Fuentes' 3,268 yards in 2002... Borel ended up two yards shy of the No. 6 spot and was 115 yards short of becoming the fifth Aggie QB to hit the 3,000-yard milestone.
2,000 Passing Yards Single-Season List No. Yds. Name, Class Year Att. Com. Pct. TD 1. 3,268 Jose Fuentes, Sr. 2002 454 246 .542 20 2. 3,218 Brent Snyder, Sr. 1988 447 246 .550 19 3. 3,148 Anthony Calvillo, Sr. 1993 469 247 .527 19 4. 3,100 Jose Fuentes, Jr. 2001 437 260 .595 24 5. 2,896 Matt Sauk, Sr. 1997 378 190 .503 16 6. 2,887 Brent Snyder, Jr. 1987 427 226 .529 20 7. 2,885 Diondre Borel, Jr. 2009 366 214 .585 17 8. 2,797 Tony Adams, Sr. 1972 351 204 .581 22 9. 2,791 Travis Cox, Jr. 2003 415 235 .566 18 10. 2,774 Patrick Mullins, Sr. 1995 383 209 .546 12
2010 PRESEASON AWARD COLLECTION
#17 JR WR Matt Austin Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason WAC Newcomer of the Year
#12 SR QB Diondre Borel Manning Award Preseason Watch List USA Today Preseason WAC Players To Watch List Sporting News College Football Preview Preseason Best Athlete in WAC Third-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#8 SR P/PK Peter Caldwell Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC Second-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#68 SR OG Philip Gapelu Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#52 SR OT SPENCER JOHNSON Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#11 JR WR Stanley Morrison Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#7 SR CB Chris Randle Third-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#34 SR RB Michael Smith Second-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#6 JR RB Robert Turbin Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC USA Today Preseason WAC Players To Watch List First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
#9 JR LB Bobby Wagner Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook Preseason All-WAC First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC Yahoo! Sports College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC First-Team Athlon College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC First-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC
UTAH STATE-OKLAHOMA LAST TIME #3 OKLAHOMA 54, UTAH STATE 3 September 15, 2007 Norman, Okla. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
Recap Third-ranked Oklahoma was as good as advertised on Sept. 15 as it rolled to a 54-3 win against Utah State at Memorial Stadium. The Sooners, who are now 4-0 all-time against Utah State, improve to 3-0 on the year with the win, while Utah State falls to 0-3 on the season with the loss. Oklahoma scored touchdowns on each of its first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead early in the second period before Utah State's Roy Hurst recorded his first interception of the season, giving the Aggies the ball at its own 41 yard-line. Following the pick, USU inserted sophomore quarterback Jase McCormick and the offense put together its best drive of the game going 46 yards in 10 plays before stalling at the OU 13. Freshman kicker Peter Caldwell then converted a 30-yard field to give the Aggies its first points of the game. McCormick, who was playing in his first-ever game at Utah State, completed a 21-yard pass to senior Tarell Richards on the drive. Following Utah State's field goal, Oklahoma needed just one play to regain the momentum as Allen Patrick ran 69 yards to put the Sooners up 28-3. The big plays continued for Oklahoma in the third quarter as DeMarco Murray scored on a 92-yard run to increase the score to 45-3. OU then added a 53-yard field goal from Garret Hartley, followed by a 45-yard interception return for a score by Curtis Lofton to push the margin to 51 with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter. Despite the lopsided score, Utah State continued to play hard and the Aggie defense keep the high-powered Sooner offense off the scoreboard in the final period as it caused a fumble, stopped OU on a fourth and one at the Utah State 29, and forced Oklahoma to punt on consecutive series with a pair of three and outs. Overall, Oklahoma rolled up 617 yards of total offense (343 rushing, 274 passing) as compared to 153 yards for Utah State (66 rushing, 87 passing). OU also had 24 first downs in the contest as compared to eight for USU. Neither team converted many third downs as OU was 4-of-12, while USU was 3-of-14. On offense, Utah State was led by senior quarterback Leon Jackson III who was 9-of-14 passing for 65 yards, while senior wide receiver Kevin Robinson had 121 yards of total offense with 38 receiving yards on eight catches and 83 return yards, including 71 on three kickoffs. Junior linebacker Derrick Cumbee led the Aggie defense with eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in his season debut after missing the first two games with an injury. Oklahoma's offense was led by freshman quarterback Sam Bradford who completed 19-of-26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. The Sooners also had two 100-yard rushers in the game as senior Allen Patrick recorded 113 yards on eight carries, while freshman DeMarco Murray had 100 yards on four carries.
Score By Quarters Utah State 0 3 0 0 - 3 Oklahoma 14 24 16 0 - 54
Scoring Summary OU - 1st 11:51 - Iglesias, Juaqu 35 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick) OU - 1st 06:47 - Kelly, Malcolm 27 yd pass from Bradford, Sam (Hartley kick) OU - 2nd 14:32 - Finley, Joe Jon 8 yd pass from Bradford (Hartley kick) USU - 2nd 06:18 - Caldwell, Peter 30 yd field goal OU - 2nd 05:59 - Patrick, Allen 69 yd run (Hartley kick) OU - 2nd 01:05 OU - Kelly 17 yd pass from Bradford (Hartley kick) OU - 2nd 00:00 - Hartley 32 yd field goal OU - 3rd 08:59 - Murray, DeMarco 92 yd run (Hartley kick) OU - 3rd 05:40 - Hartley 53 yd field goal OU - 3rd 04:09 - Lofton, Curtis 45 yd interception return (Hartley kick failed)
Team Statistics USU OU First Downs 8 24 Rushing 66 343 Passing 87 274 Total Offense Yards 153 617 Fumbles: Number-lost 2-2 1-1 Penalties: Number-yards 5-45 5-47 Punts-yards 10-406 2-74 Punt Returns: No-yards-TD 1-12-0 5-54-0 Kickoff Returns: No-yds-TD 7-162-0 2-60-0 Possession Time 31:39 28:21
Individual Rushing USU: Marsh 11-32, Turbin 3-17, McCormick 12-11, Jackson 3-7, Lesue 2-2, Speight 2-1, Robinson 1-(-4) OU: Allen 8-113
Individual Passing (A-C-I, Yds, TD USU: Jackson 14-9-1, 65, 0 OU: Bradford 26-19-1, 255, 3
Individual Receiving USU: Robinson 8-38, Richards 1-21, Sawyer 1-14, Actkinson 1-9, Nelson 2-8, Speight 1-1, Bowman 1- (-4) OU: Iglesias 8-123
USU Punt Returns: Robinson 1-12 USU KO Returns: Lesue 4-91 USU Interception Returns: Hurst 1-0 USU Tackle Leaders: Cumbee 8, C.Taylor 7, Igboeli 6, Odong 6
USU 2010 OUTLOOK -- OFFENSE In their first year in offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin's spread offensive scheme, the Aggies exploded for a school-record 5,272 yards of total offense, while also taking care of the pigskin by setting a school-record for fewest interceptions thrown with four. Overall, the USU offense had top 15 marks in school history in 14 different categories. The Aggies also ranked fourth in the WAC and 12th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 439.3 ypg, also ranking 20th in the nation in rushing offense (192.6 ypg) and 36th in passing offense (246.8 ypg). Individually, seven offensive school records were broken last season, four by quarterback Diondre Borel, who enters his senior season poised for a continued ascent into the USU record books and has raised national recognition by being named to the Manning Award Watch List. Borel set new marks for total offense, with 3,343 total yards, topping the previous mark of USU legendary signal-caller Anthony Calvillo of 3,260 yards set in 1993. With a total offense average of 278.6 ypg, Borel led the WAC and ranked 15th in FBS. The versatile Borel also set top marks for fewest interceptions thrown (four), lowest interceptions percentage (.011 with four in 366 attempts), consecutive pass attempts without an interception with 228, getting picked off in season-opener but then not throwing another oskie until game nine. While the junior duo of RB Robert Turbin and WR Stanley Morrison will miss most of, if not the entire season with injuries, Turbin's spot will be filled by senior running backs Michael Smith and Derrvin Speight, while a combination of returning and newcomer wideouts will replace Morrison. Smith had 46 carries for 304 yards (6.3 ypc) with four rushing TD's. Smith's 6.3 ypc average would have ranked him tied for third on USU's single-season list but he did not have the minimum 100 carries to qualify. Speight, who regained his team-leading form from his freshman season of 2007 after missing 2008 with an injury, tallied 42 carries for 210 yards (5.0 ypc) with two TD's last season. Speedster Kerwynn Williams is also expected to see significant action in the backfield. All three Aggie backs had solid springs, continuing to improve every day. Returning junior Eric Moats along with newcomers Matt Austin, Martin and Dontel Watkins give the Aggie offense several options in Morrison's absence. Like Morrison, Moats had at least one catch in each of USU's 12 games last season, showing off his soft hands and great speed. The trio of Austin, Martin and Watkins flashed their skills in the spring and also provide an extreme amount of speed, as they make up a third of USU's 10 wide receivers on the roster who all ran under a 4.6 40-yard dash in testing, highlighted by Watkins' 4.24 and Martin was clocked in 4.4, while Morrison also clocked a 4.4. Austin was dubbed the WAC's Preseason Newcomer of the Year by Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook, after coming to USU from Mt. San Antonio Junior College, but redshirted last season after injuring his foot in the preseason. At Mt. SAC, Austin was a first-team Southern California Football Association all-Central Conference selection, as well as earning first-team all-California Community College Football Coaches Association honors for Region III. Martin also comes to USU from Grossmont, where he was teammates with DeMartino and earned first-team all-Super 7 Conference honors as a freshman and second-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore. He will showcase his versatility by also returning kicks and punts. Watkins is also well-decorated, earning first-team all-Jayhawk Conference accolades as a kick returner and honorable mention all-Jayhawk Conference recognition as a wide receiver at Butler Community College. Freshmen Travis Van Leeuwen and Travis Reynolds are also expected to have significant contributions. USU's tight end corps is deep, led by returning-starter junior Kellen Bartlett, who returns from a spring injury. Junior Tarren Lloyd (6'7") gives the Aggies some significant height and athleticism. The offensive line will be anchored by three-year starting left tackle Spencer Johnson, who has played in all 36 games of his USU career, starting 31 contests. Johnson will be joined on the line by fellow senior, Tariq Polley at one guard spot, while juniors Philip Gapalu and Funaki Asisi will battle for the starting role at the other guard. Senior guard Ty Rogers has recovered from last-year's season-ending injury and will battle junior Tanner Richins for the other tackle spot. The center position is the only one of the five line spots without a returning starter, after Brennan McFadden's graduated, and will be filled by a redshirt freshman, either Tyler Larsen, Eric Schultz or Jamie Markosian.
DEFENSE The Aggie defense used the spring to audition players at some different defensive positions in defensive coordinator Bill Busch's scheme. While there will be some new faces in new places, one that will be the same is junior linebacker Bobby Wagner, who not only led USU but the WAC as well with 115 total stops (9.6 per game), earning first-team all-WAC accolades and ranking tied for 22nd in FBS. In WAC only games, he also topped the league with 71 total stops (8.9 per game). Wagner's 115 tackles ranks as the second-most by a USU sophomore, as Johndale Carty holds the top spot with 138 stops in 1996. Wagner was the first sophomore to lead USU in tackles since David Gill's 89 stops led the 1994 Aggies. Senior cornerback Chris Randle anchors and leads the defensive backfield as well as the defensive unit. The returning starter was tied for seventh in the WAC with seven pass break-ups and snared one interceptions to rank 10th in the league in passes defended. Randle was fourth overall on the team and third among defensive backs with 53 tackles last year. Fellow senior Curtis Marsh will hold down the other corner spot, and will be joined in the defensive backfield by classmates Rajric Coleman and Joey Schrader along with junior Walter McClenton at the safety spots. Versatile sophomore Quinton Byrd can play most any defensive back spot while junior Alfred Bowden had a solid spring and should see ample action. Randle, Marsh and Coleman are all three returning starters. Schrader and McClenton will be splitting time in the starting role filled by James Brindley last year before graduating and departing to the NFL. Last season, Marsh had five pass break-ups and one interception to go with 32 tackles. Coleman was second among defensive backs in tackles behind Brindley with 74 stops, adding five pass break-ups and two interceptions. McClenton tallied 33 total tackles with one pick and one pass break-up while Schrader logged nine tackles with one pass break-up. Junior college transfer Gavin Jones had a solid spring and is expected to see significant action at the safety positions, in addition to seeing some time at linebacker. Junior Keiaho enters his junior season as a linebacker, making the switch from defensive line during spring and showing solid progress and development. Last season, Keiaho posted 36 total tackles, leading the defensive line, while tying for the team-lead with three sacks and a team-leading 23 yards lost, part of his 3.5 tackles for loss, which tied for second on the team, while 24 yards lost on tackles for loss was tops on team. Keiaho joins junior Kyle Gallagher, junior Reuben Willis and redshirt-freshman Jake Doughty in forming a deep, talented linebacker group. Junior defensive end Levi Koskan matched Keiaho with 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, part of his 19 total stops. Koskan will split action at end with senior Maxim Dinka-Mba, who had a promising spring, and could see some action at linebacker after dabbling there during spring drills. Senior Devin Johnson and junior Quinn Garner will hold down the other end position. Johnson, who saw some action at linebacker in the spring before shifting back to lineman, logged 3.5 tackles for loss as part of his 20 total stops last season, while Garner registered 28 tackles with a pair of TFLs. Senior Jerome Barbour shifted from part-time linebacker/part-time defensive end to full-time defensive end. The senior foursome of Casey Davis, Sean Enesi, Daniel Gurrola and Nathan Royster will be the Aggies' primary defensive tackles. Davis returns to action after redshirting last season while the other three all had solid seasons last year and continued to improve throughout the spring. Enesi was second among defensive linemen and 11th overall on the team with 29 tackles, including two for loss, while Royster recorded 15 stops with two sacks and Gurrola added 13 tackles with two for loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS Senior punter Peter Caldwell, a Ray Guy Award semi-finalist a year ago for the top collegiate punter, is expected to pick up where he left off from last year's WAC-leading 42.2 yards per punt average. Caldwell ranked 37th in FBS and earned preseason recognition with a handful of all-WAC honors. He enters his senior season ranked No. 5 on USU's career punting average list with a 42.0 ypp career average. USU will have to replace the strong foot of graduated Chris Ulinski, who set a school record with 40 PAT's last year, along with leading the WAC in touchbacks for the second-straight season. Caldwell was the Aggies' placekicker in 2008 as a sophomore, and has several marks in the USU record book for field goals and PATs, before yielding placekicking duties to Ulinski. Caldwell will be pushed for the placekicking duties by redshirt-freshman Josh Thompson and talented incoming freshman Nick Diaz. Long snapping responsibilities are solidly in the hands of three-year starter, senior Patrick Scales who helped Calwell and Ulinski to their milestone achievements. Kick returning duties will be handled by sophomore Kerrwyn Williams, who was third overall in the WAC and 40th in FBS in kick return average with 25.1 ypr, tying Kevin Robinson's average from 2004 for 10th on USU's single-season kick return average list. Williams was also ninth in the WAC and 93rd in the nation for all-purpose yards with 103.7 ypg, leading the WAC and ranking fourth in the country for total kick returns with 45, a new USU single-season record. With 1,131 kick return yards, Williams was the top freshman in the country for both total returns and total return yards, while ranking 10th among the nation's freshmen for return average. The 1,131 total return yards is the second-most in USU history behind Robinson's 1,260 yards in 2007. A herd of Aggies will assist Williams in the kick return duties, as Martin, Watkins, Smith and Marsh will see action alongside Williams. Punt returning will be handled by junior Josh Flores, along with Martin and possibly Watkins.
USU's Peter Caldwell NAMED TO PRESEASON RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST -- Utah State senior punter Peter Caldwell was named to the Preseason Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter, announced Wednesday by the Augusta Sports Council.
Caldwell, a Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), native, is one of seven players on the preseason list, joining Drew Butler from Georgia, Ryan Donahue from Iowa, Johnny Hekker from Oregon State, Chas Henry from Florida, Jeff Locke from UCLA and Rob Long from Syracuse. All seven are returning Ray Guy Award semi-finalists from 2009.
In 2009, Caldwell led the WAC and ranked 37th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in punting with a 42.2 yards per punt average with 69 punts for 2,914 yards. Caldwell had 17 punts of 50+ yards, highlighted by a season and career long 62-yarder. He tallied 27 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced the opposition's returner to call for a fair catch on 16 punts.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN -- Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced the six Aggie captains for the 2010 season, after a vote by the team.
Five of the six are seniors, as offensive captains will be senior quarterback Diondre Borel, senior offensive lineman Spencer Johnson and senior running back Michael Smith. Captaining the defense will be senior defensive lineman Sean Enesi, senior cornerback Chris Randle and junior linebacker Bobby Wagner.
HEAD COACH COACHING POSITION -- In addition to his head coaching duties, USU head coach Gary Andersen is also the position coach for the defensive tackles... Andersen is one of 12 Division I (FBS) coaches doing so, and one of nine non-special teams related position:
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