LOGAN, Utah -
IDAHO STATE (1-0) vs. UTAH STATE (0-1)
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 • 6:06 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah • Maverik Stadium (25,100)
GAME 2 INFORMATION
STREAMING: Facebook (Stadium)
• Play-by-Play: Chris Hassel
• Analyst: Darius Walker
• Reporter: Francisco Rivera
• Sidelines (Social): Paige Zamora
• Internet: Facebook.com/StadiumCollegeFootball
RADIO: AGGIE SPORTS NETWORK
• Play-by-Play: Scott Garrard
• Analyst: Kevin Whimpey
• Online: 1280thezone.com / Tunein.com
• National: Sirius 84 / XM 84
SOCIAL MEDIA: #AGGIESALLTHEWAY
• Twitter/Instagram: @USUFootball
• Facebook: USUFootball
• YouTube: UtahStateFootball
• Live Stats: UtahState.Statbroadcast.com
• Utah State hosts Idaho State in its home opener on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. USU is 15-2 all-time against the Bengals, including a 12-1 home record, which includes a 40-20 win in the last meeting between the two teams on Sept. 6, 2014, in Logan. Overall, USU is 80-17-6 (.806) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
• Utah State went 3-3 at home inside Maverik Stadium during the 2016 season and is 26-6 in its last 32 home games, which includes an 18-6 record under head coach Matt Wells. USU is also 14-3 in its last 17 non-conference home games, including a 6-2 record under Wells. All-time, Utah State is 138-102 (.575) in Maverik Stadium.
• Utah State has won each of its last 10 games against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools dating back to the 2000 season, when it lost at home to Idaho State, 27-24. All 10 of those wins have been against Big Sky Conference opponents.
• Utah State is 13-10 under Wells following a loss and has not started a season 0-2 since 2009. Furthermore, USU has lost back-to-back games just six times in five seasons under Wells.
• Utah State has won 11 of its last 19 games played during the month of September, including nine straight at home, and is 4-2 all-time in games played on Sept. 7. USU is also 17-32-4 all-time in games played on Thursday, including a 6-3 home record.
• Utah State has four players on its current roster who played against Idaho State in 2014 in senior CB Jalen Davis, senior RB LaJuan Hunt, senior WR Braelon Roberts and senior DE Ian Togiai. Davis, who started that game, set a freshman school record with two interceptions, returning one 44 yards for a touchdown, while Hunt rushed for 28 yards on seven carries and had one reception for 19 yards. Roberts and Togiai did not record any stats.
• Utah State has 38 players in its program from the Beehive State, while Idaho State has 37 players on its roster from the Gem State.
UTAH STATE HOSTS IDAHO STATE IN HOME OPENER
• Utah State hosts Idaho State on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. (MT) in its home opener. The game will be aired exclusively on Facebook with Chris Hassel (play-by-play), Darius Walker (analyst), Francisco Rivera (reporter) and Paige Zamora (sidelines-social media) on the call. Live audio of the game is available on www.UtahStateAggies.com.
UTAH STATE FOOTBALL ON FACEBOOK
• Utah State’s home opener against Idaho State, through a partnership with Stadium, will be one of the first-ever college football games that will air exclusively on Facebook, which is a platform that has more than 100 million video views daily.
STRIPE THE STADIUM
• For the second time in as many years, Utah State will be ‘Striping the Stadium’ when it hosts Idaho State in its 2017 home opener. All fans sitting in even sections of Maverik Stadium are encouraged to wear white, while fans sitting in odd sections should wear navy blue.
EXTRA YARD FOR TEACHERS
• Utah State will join other programs from around the country in celebrating teachers during Extra Yard for Teachers Week during its home football game against Idaho State. The Extra Yard for Teachers program is a part of the College Football Playoff Foundation nonprofit organization and leverages the high profile of the College Football Playoff National Championship to bring teachers to center stage. With the goal of decreasing teachers’ out-of-pocket expenses, the CFP Foundation seeks to provide funds directly into teachers’ classrooms. The primary method of accomplishing this is through DonorsChoose.org project funding. The CFP Foundation seeks to provide teachers professional development opportunities through funding partner programming, which is critical for preparing quality teachers.
USU RECORDS SIXTH-BEST ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN 2016
• For the fifth-straight season, Utah State averaged over 19,000 fans in 2016, marking the first time in school history it has accomplished that feat. During the 2016 season, USU averaged 19,136 fans (114,814) to rank sixth all-time in school history.
UTAH STATE ATHLETICS TO INDUCT 15TH HALL OF FAME CLASS
• Utah State Athletics will induct its 15th Hall of Fame Class this weekend, which includes Kent Baer, a former football great and assistant football coach; Gordon “Dutch” Belnap, the third-winningest basketball coach in school history; Shane Bingham, a two-time track & field All-American; Chris Cooley, an All-American football player and school-record holding tight end; Christy Denson-Pettiette, a two-time gymnast of the year; Jayme Gordy, a record-setting soccer player; Nate Harris, the only three-time first-team all-conference basketball player in school history; and Stew Morrill, the most successful and winningest basketball coach in school history. This year’s class will be introduced at halftime of the Idaho State game.
UTAH STATE HAS NINE BOWL TEAMS ON ITS 2017 SCHEDULE
• Utah State’s 2017 schedule features nine teams who played in bowl games a year ago as Wisconsin played in the Cotton Bowl (W, 24-16 vs. Western Michigan); Wake Forest played in the Military Bowl (W, 34-26 vs. Temple); BYU played in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (W, 24-21 vs. Wyoming); Colorado State played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (L, 61-50 vs. Idaho); Wyoming played in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (L, 24-21 vs. BYU); Boise State played in the Cactus Bowl (L, 31-12 vs. Baylor); New Mexico played in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl (W, 23-20 vs. UTSA); Hawai’i played in the Hawaii Bowl (W, 52-35 vs. Middle Tennessee); and Air Force played in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl (W, 45-21 vs. South Alabama).
SCOUTING IDAHO STATE
• Idaho State is 1-0 on the season following its 37-6 season-opening home win against Western Oregon last Thursday. The Bengals were led by junior QB Tanner Gueller, who was 20-of-33 passing for 289 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore RB Ty Flanagan rushed for 100 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown, while sophomore WR Michael Dean caught five passes for 66 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, junior DB Anthony Ricks had a team-high 10 tackles, and senior LB Mario Jenkins had nine tackles, which included 0.5 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss. As a team, ISU had 431 yards of total offense against the Wolves (289-passing, 142-rushing) and gave up 299 yards (302-passing, -3-rushing). Idaho State returns 16 starters (O-8, D-8, S-1) and 36 lettermen (O-18, D-18) from last year’s team that went 2-9 and finished last in the Big Sky Conference with a 1-7 mark. The Bengals are coached by Rob Phenicie, who is in his first season as a collegiate head coach.
AGGIES AND BENGALS SERIES HISTORY
• Utah State and Idaho State will be meeting for the 18th time in series history on Thursday, with USU holding a 15-2 all-time advantage. Overall, Utah State has won each of the last four games in the series and Idaho State’s last win against the Aggies was on Nov. 18, 2000, in Logan by a final score of 27-24. All-time, USU is 12-1 at home against the Bengals as ISU’s only other win in the series was on Nov. 14, 1981, in Pocatello, 50-24.
UTAH STATE CONNECTIONS WITH IDAHO STATE
• Idaho State defensive coordinator/safeties coach Spencer Toone spent the 2012 season at Utah State as a defensive graduate assistant working with the linebackers. ISU assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator David Fiefia spent three years at USU (2012-14) as an offensive graduate assistant. Fiefia graduated from Utah State in 2003 and was a four-year letterwinner at running back (2000-03), earning first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors as an all-purpose player in 2003, while also earning second-team all-Sun Belt accolades as both a running back and kick returner that same season. He was named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 15, 2003, after recording 159 yards from scrimmage as he rushed 19 times for 77 yards and caught six passes for 82 more yards. As a senior, Fiefia rushed for 967 yards with seven touchdowns, finishing his career with 1,193 yards, which ranks 23rd all-time in school history, and nine scores. He also caught 80 passes for 707 yards with two touchdowns and had 37 career punt returns for 366 yards, as well as 37 kick returns for 791 yards during his career.
• Utah State senior BS Dallin Leavitt, junior OL Roman Andrus and junior OL Quin Ficklin all spent time at BYU, along with ISU senior DL JonRhyeem Peoples. USU senior CB Jalen Davis and ISU sophomore LB Christian Holland both attended Helix (Calif.) HS. USU sophomore LB Justus Te’i and ISU redshirt freshman RB Nehamiah McFarlin both attended Mission Hills (Calif.) HS. USU freshman LB Maika Magalei and ISU freshman WR Tracey Reynolds both attended Lakes (Wash.) HS. ISU redshirt junior DL Clark Jeppesen spent two seasons at Utah State, redshirting in 2013 before not seeing any action during the 2014 campaign.
AGGIES FROM THE GEM STATE
• Utah State has three players on its roster from the state of Idaho in junior OL Jake Templeton (Boise/Timberline HS/Boise State), redshirt freshman DE Logan Lee (Rexburg/Madison HS) and freshman CB Stegan Garner (Declo/Declo HS).
UTAH STATE AGAINST THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE
• Utah State is 80-17-6 (.806) all-time against current members of the Big Sky Conference with a 25-7 record against Montana, a 22-6-6 record against Montana State, a 15-2 record against Idaho State, a 14-1 record against Weber State, a 4-0 record against Southern Utah and an 0-1 record against Eastern Washington. The last time USU faced a Big Sky school was on Sept. 1, 2016, when it defeated Weber State at home, 45-6.
• Utah State’s Matt Wells is 4-0 all-time against the Big Sky Conference as a head coach following USU’s 45-6 home win against Weber State last season. USU also recorded a 12-9 home win against Southern Utah in 2015, a 40-20 home win against Idaho State in 2014 and a 70-6 home win against Weber State in 2013.
FROM THE AGGIE RECORD BOOKS
• Utah State defeated Idaho State, 136-0, during the 1919 season, which is USU’s largest-ever margin of victory. In 1997, USU limited ISU to just 111 yards of total offense, which ranks 10th all-time at USU and just 16 passing yards, which ranks sixth all-time in school history. In 1982, USU limited ISU to just 10 rushing yards, which ranks 18th all-time in school history.
• Marvin Ellis’ 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Idaho State in 1981 ranks tied for the sixth-longest kickoff return in school history. Guy McClure’s 74-yard punt against ISU in 1980 ranks as the eighth-longest in school history. Willie Beecher’s 52-yard field goal against ISU in 1982 is tied for the 10th-longest in school history.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Utah State special assistant to the head coach Dave Kragthorpe was the head coach at Idaho State from 1980-82, leading the Bengals to the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship, along with the Big Sky title, with a 12-1 record.
LAST MEETING VS. IDAHO STATE
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State (1-1) scored 27-straight points spanning the second and third quarter to pull away from a 6-6 tie and open up a 33-6 lead en route to a 40-20 win against Idaho State (0-2) on Sept. 6, 2014 at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium. Utah State finished with 427 yards of total offense (311-rushing, 116-passing) and ISU had 408 yards of total offense (307-passing, 101-rushing).Senior QB Chuckie Keeton threw for 116 yards on 13-of-30 passing, while rushing for a team-high 74 yards on eight carries with a 10-yard scoring scamper. Junior RB Rashad Hall rushed for a career-best 69 yards on 11 carries with a 5-yard touchdown run, and senior RB Joe Hill also ran for 69 yards on 15 carries with a 1-yard score. Junior WR JoJo Natson led Utah State’s receiving corps with 59 yards on six catches, adding a 29-yard rush that would have been a touchdown but was called back due to a penalty. Natson did find the end zone on a 52-yard punt return. Utah State’s defense was led by sophomore S Devin Centers and junior LB LT Filiaga with 10 tackles apiece, with Centers posting one sack, while Filiaga was in on half of a tackle for loss. Freshman CB Jalen Davis snared two interceptions, including returning one 44 yards for a touchdown. Senior FS Brian Suite also added an interception. Idaho State QB Justin Arias ended 23-of-47 passing for 307 yards with two touchdowns, while Xavier Finney finished with 88 yards on the ground with 23 carries. Mario Jenkins led the Bengal defense with 16 tackles. Utah State took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to the ISU 37 before the drive was thwarted and sophomore PK Jake Thompson attempted a 54-yard field goal, but it was partially blocked by ISU’s Hayden Stout. Davis ended the Bengals’ ensuing possession with his first interception, setting up the Aggies at the ISU 22. USU couldn’t move the chains and settled for a 31-yard field goal by senior PK Nick Diaz for a 3-0 lead at the 10:13 mark of the first quarter. Diaz later drilled a 24-yarder with 1:16 to go in the first frame for a 6-0 Aggie advantage. Idaho State opened the second quarter with a 21-yard field goal from Zak Johnson, and later evened the score at 6-all with another Johnson upright split, this time from 49-yards out with 9:59 to go in the half. Hall broke up the field goal party with his 5-yard touchdown run with 2:33 left in the half for a 13-6 USU lead. The score stayed that way for just over a minute, as the Aggie defense limited the Bengals to a three-and-out, then Natson took the ISU punt and returned it 52-yards for his third career punt return for a touchdown for a 20-6 USU halftime lead. Suite snared his interception on ISU’s opening possession of the second half, giving USU the ball at the Bengal 17. Three plays later Hill darted around the right side and dove into the end zone, putting the Aggies ahead 26-6 as Diaz’ extra point bounced off the upright.Idaho State’s ensuing possession lasted all of two plays as Davis snared an Arias pass, and took it 44-yards to the house on the pick-six for a 33-6 Aggie advantage with 12:09 to go on the third-quarter clock. Following ISU’s first touchdown of the night, Keeton scored on a 10-yard scamper for USU’s final points. ISU ended the game’s scoring with a 52-yard pass, catch and run from Arias to KW Williams with 2:35 left and USU ran out the clock to seal its first victory of the season.
GAME 1 RECAP vs. #9 WISCONSIN
MADISON, Wis. - Utah State scored the first 10 points of the game against Wisconsin, but the ninth-ranked Badgers overcame the early deficit and beat the Aggies 59-10 in the season opener for both teams on Friday, Sept. 1, in front of 75,324 fans at Camp Randall Stadium. Senior RB LaJuan Hunt rushed for 27 yards on seven carries and scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter to give Utah State (0-1, 0-0 Mountain West) its 10-0 lead. The eighth rushing touchdown of Hunt’s career came after a fumble by Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook. Utah State junior LB Suli Tamaivena recovered it and returned it 13 yards down to the Badgers’ 16-yard line. Just two plays later, Hunt was in the end zone. Utah State finished with 304 yards of total offense. Senior QB Kent Myers was 25-of-41 for 219 yards, to go along with three interceptions. Hunt led the Aggies with four receptions for 14 yards, while redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan and sophomore WR Gerold Bright each had three catches for 23 yards apiece. Senior RB Tonny Lindsey Jr. led Utah State with 119 all-purpose yards as he rushed for 28 yards on six carries, to go along with two receptions for 16 yards, and four kickoff returns for 75 yards. Overall, 12 different Aggies caught at least one pass in the game. Defensively, Tamaivena and senior BS Dallin Leavitt led the Aggies as both tallied seven tackles. Leavitt also added two pass breakups to go along with 0.5 tackles for loss. Senior CB Jalen Davis, junior LB Louy Compton and freshman LB Maika Magalei each notched a sack as part of Utah State’s five tackles for loss. Compton also had a fumble recovery that was forced by sophomore NG Mohelika Uasike in the third quarter. Sophomore LB Mason Tobeck and junior BS Gaje Ferguson both added six stops in the game, as Tobeck also had a tackle for loss. Redshirt freshman LB David Woodward recorded the other tackle for loss for the Aggies. Hornibrook was 15-of-23 for 244 yards and three touchdowns as the Badgers (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) finished with 478 yards of total offense. Sophomore PK Dominik Eberle gave the Aggies their first points of the season when he connected on a 25-yard field goal with 4:56 remaining in the opening quarter. The chip shot for Eberle capped an eight-play, 54-yard drive by Utah State. Wisconsin finally cracked the scoreboard on a Bradrick Shaw three-yard touchdown run with just 1:12 remaining in the opening half. The score capped a 15-play, 79-yard drive by the Badgers that ate up 8:29 off the clock. Utah State still appeared in good shape to go into halftime with the lead, but the Badgers turned Myers’ first interception of the night into a 29-yard field goal by Rafael Gaglianone as time expired. Wisconsin scored 59 unanswered points, including 28 in the third quarter alone. Junior P Aaron Dalton had a solid game for Utah State as he punted five times for an average of 43.6 yards with a long of 55, while two of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. In all, Utah State had 12 players make their first career start, while 24 Aggies saw action in their first-ever game for USU. In fact, all five of USU’s starting offensive linemen were playing in their first career games for the Aggies, a first in school history.
• Utah State had 12 players make their first career start last weekend at No. 9 Wisconsin in senior TE Damion Hobbs, junior OL Roman Andrus, junior OL Rob Castaneda, junior OL Quin Ficklin, redshirt junior OL Sean Taylor, junior LB Suli Tamaivena, junior NG Gasetoto Schuster, junior BS Aaron Wade, sophomore OL Moroni Iniguez, sophomore DE Jacoby Wildman, redshirt freshman DE Ritisoni Fata and redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan.
UTAH STATE’S STARTING O-LINE ALSO PLAYED FIRST CAREER GAME
• All five of Utah State’s starting offensive linemen – OC Quin Ficklin, RT Sean Taylor, LG Moroni Iniguez, RG Rob Castaneda, LT Roman Andrus – also played in their first career games at Utah State last weekend. In fact, Taylor is the only member of this group who was on the team last year, as he redshirted. This is the first time in school history that it has started five offensive linemen who had never played a game at USU, minus the Aggies’ first-ever team in 1892. Furthermore, Andrus and Ficklin did not even play offensive line at their previous schools last season, as Andrus was a defensive end at Snow (Utah) JC and Ficklin was a fullback at BYU.
UTAH STATE ONLY STARTS FIVE RETURNING STARTERS FROM LAST SEASON
• Utah State entered the 2017 season with 14 returning starters from last year with six on offense and eight on defense. Despite those high numbers, USU only started five of those 14 players in its season opener at No. 9 Wisconsin last weekend, which is the lowest number in the nation at the FBS level. Those five returning starters from last season who started the season-opener this year were senior CB Jalen Davis, senior BS Dallin Leavitt, senior QB Kent Myers, junior BS Gaje Ferguson and junior WR Ron’quavion Tarver.
ONLY SEVEN SENIORS START GAME ONE FOR UTAH STATE
• Utah State entered the 2017 season with 18 seniors on its roster, but only seven of those 18 players started the season opener at No. 9 Wisconsin in WR Jaren Colston-Green, CB Jalen Davis, TE Damion Hobbs, RB LaJuan Hunt, BS Dallin Leavitt, QB Kent Myers and DE Ian Togiai. In fact, only 14 of the 18 seniors on USU’s 2017 roster played in its game against the Badgers as those other seven players were CB Wesley Bailey, WR Alex Byers, LB Alex Huerta, OL Jarom Ioane, RB Tonny Lindsey Jr., LS Emmett Odegard and WR Braelon Roberts.
TWENTY-FOUR AGGIES PLAY FIRST GAME WITH UTAH STATE LAST WEEKEND
• Utah State had 24 players play in their first-ever Aggie game last weekend at No. 9 Wisconsin in redshirt junior OL Sean Taylor, junior RB Eltoro Allen, junior OL Roman Andrus, junior OL Rob Castaneda, junior LB Louy Compton, junior OL Quin Ficklin, junior CB Deante Fortenberry, junior LB Ofa Latu, junior LB Suli Tamaivena, sophomore DE Devon Anderson, sophomore OL Moroni Iniguez, sophomore S Chance Parker, redshirt freshman OL Demytrick Ali’ifua, redshirt freshman DE Ritisoni Fata, redshirt freshman S Baron Gajkowski, redshirt freshman CB Braxton Gunther, redshirt freshman CB Ja’Marcus Ingram, redshirt freshman LB Kevin Meitzenheimer, redshirt freshman WR Jordan Nathan, redshirt freshman LB David Woodward, freshman LB Maika Magalei, freshman WR Savon Scarver, freshman TE Carson Terrell and freshman DE Nami Tuitu’u.
TEAM NOTABLES FROM THE WISCONSIN GAME
• Utah State is now 2-3 in season openers under head coach Matt Wells and Utah State is now 5-55 all-time against Associate Press-ranked teams, including an 0-22 record all-time against top-10 teams... Under Wells, USU is now 3-5 against AP top 25 teams... Utah State is now 1-14 all-time against the Big Ten Conference and is now 1-2 all-time against Wisconsin.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER NOTABLES FROM THE WISCONSIN GAME
• Senior RB LaJuan Hunt scored his eighth career rushing touchdown in the first quarter on a 12-yard run and tied his career high with four receptions for 14 yards... Senior QB Kent Myers had 219 passing yards, marking the 11th time in his career he has passed for at least 200 yards in a game... Sophomore WR Gerold Bright tied his career high with three receptions for 23 yards... Senior WR Alex Byers had a career-high two receptions for eight yards.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER NOTABLES FROM THE WISCONSIN GAME
• Junior LB Louy Compton recorded his first career sack and tackle for loss and recovered his first career fumble... Sophomore NG Mohelika Uasike forced his first career fumble... Sophomore LB Mason Tobeck had a career-high six tackles, including his first career tackle for loss... Junior BS Aaron Wade had a career-high three tackles... Senior BS Dallin Leavitt had 0.5 tackles for loss, giving him 6.0 career tackles for loss, and added a career-high two pass breakups, giving him five in his career... Redshirt freshman LB David Woodward had his first career tackle for loss... Senior CB Jalen Davis recorded his fifth career sack and now has 13.0 career tackles for loss... Freshman LB Maika Magalei recorded his first career sack and tackle for loss... Junior LB Suli Tamaivena recovered his first career fumble in the first quarter and returned it 13 yards.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTABLES FROM THE WISCONSIN GAME
• Junior P Aaron Dalton had a 55-yard punt for the 18th 50-yard punt of his career and had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line, giving him 48 punts downed inside the 20-yard line in his career... Sophomore PK Dominik Eberle made a 25-yard field goal and is now 4-of-6 in his career on field goal attempts, including 3-for-3 from 20-29 yards.
MYERS RANKS 25TH ALL-TIME IN RUSHING
• Senior QB Kent Myers has rushed for 1,123 yards on 262 carries (4.3 ypc) during his career and ranks 25th all-time in school history in career rushing yards, including third all-time among quarterbacks, trailing Chuckie Keeton (2011-15), who ranks 14th all-time with 1,415 yards and Diondre Borel (2007-10), who ranks 16th all-time with 1,398 rushing yards. Myers has one career 100-yard rushing game as he set a school record for quarterbacks with 191 yards on 16 carries against Colorado State as a sophomore in 2015.
MYERS HAS 13 CAREER RUSHING TDs
• Senior QB Kent Myers has 13 rushing touchdowns in his career, which are the most on the team among active players. Overall, Myers is just four rushing touchdowns shy of entering the career top 10 in school history.
• In his career, Myers has three games with multiple rushing touchdowns as he had a career-high three against San José State in 2014 and two against both Colorado State and Nevada in 2016.
HUNT RANKS 30TH ALL-TIME IN RUSHING
• Senior RB LaJuan Hunt has rushed for 1,045 yards on 266 carries (3.9 ypc) to rank 30th all-time in school history in career rushing yards. Hunt has one 100-yard rushing game in his career as he set a true freshman school record with 34 carries against Hawai’i in 2014 for 145 yards.
LINDSEY JR. CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER RUSHING YARDS
• Senior RB Tonny Lindsey Jr. led Utah State in rushing in 2016 as he gained 763 yards on 148 carries (5.2 ypc) and tied for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns. For his career, Lindsey, Jr. has carried the ball 166 times for 884 yards (5.3 ypc) with six touchdowns and is just 116 yards shy of becoming the 31st player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards. In his career, Lindsey has two 100-yard rushing games, which includes a career-high 168 yards at Nevada in 2016 on 21 carries, one of two career games where he has carried the ball 20-plus times.
• With Lindsey returning for the 2017 season, marks the third-straight season that Utah State returns its leading rusher from the previous year as Devante Mays rushed for 966 yards in 2015 and LaJuan Hunt rushed for 540 yards in 2014.
MYERS RANKS AMONG TOP 10 QUARTERBACKS IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN GAMES PLAYED AND STARTED
• In Utah State’s season opener at No. 9 Wisconsin last weekend, senior QB Kent Myers started his 27th career game and played in his 29th career game, which ranks sixth and eighth all-time in school history for quarterbacks, respectively.
MYERS FOURTH ALL-TIME IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
• Senior QB Kent Myers is 436-of-720 (.606) passing for 5,067 yards with 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his career, and that completion percentage ranks fourth all-time in school history behind Darell Garretson (.631), Chuckie Keeton (.629) and Keith Myers (.607).
• Myers also ranks fifth all-time in school history in total offense (6,190 yards), tied for eighth all-time with 31 career touchdown passes, along with Ron Lopez (1990-91), eighth all-time in career completions (436), and ninth all-time in both career passing yards (5,067) and career pass attempts (720).
• For his career, Myers has an interception percentage of just 0.024, which ranks third all-time in school history behind Chuckie Keeton (.022) and Anthony Calvillo (0.23), with his 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions on 720 career attempts. Myers has thrown at least one touchdown in 16 of his last 21 games and multiple touchdowns six times in his career, which includes five games with three or more touchdown passes.
• In his career, Myers has 16 touchdowns and six interceptions at home, and 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the road.
DAVIS CLOSING IN ON 150 CAREER TACKLES
• Senior CB Jalen Davis recorded 35 tackles during his junior season in 10 games started and now has 148 tackles in his career, which is the most on the team among active leaders. Davis also leads the team in the following career categories: sacks (5.0), tackles for loss (13.0), interceptions (6), pass breakups (21) and forced fumbles (3).
UTAH STATE RANKS 27TH NATIONALLY IN SACKS ALLOWED
• Utah State allowed just one sack in its season opener at No. 9 Wisconsin and ranks fourth in the Mountain West and 27th nationally in sacks allowed. USU’s offense also ranks fourth in the MW and 60th in the nation in completion percentage (.610), eighth in the MW and 66th in the nation in passing offense (219.0 ypg), 10th in the MW in passing efficiency (91.2), and 11th in the conference in rushing offense (85.0 ypg), total offense (304.0 ypg) and scoring offense (10.0 ppg).
AGGIES RANK 22ND NATIONALLY IN SACKS
• Utah State’s defense recorded 3.0 sacks in its season opener at No. 9 Wisconsin and ranks third in the Mountain West and 22nd nationally in that category. USU’s defense also ranks seventh in the MW and 76th nationally in passing defense (244.0 ypg), 10th in the conference in rushing defense (234.0 ypg), 11th in the MW in both total defense (478.0 ypg) and passing efficiency defense (197.4), and 12th in the MW in scoring defense (59.0 ppg).
UTAH STATE’S DEFENSE RANKS 10TH NATIONALLY IN FUMBLES RECOVERED
• Utah State’s defense recovered a pair of fumbles last weekend at No. 9 Wisconsin, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation. Those two forced turnovers against the Badgers also ranks eighth in the MW and 30th nationally.
• Utah State forced two turnovers (two fumbles) last weekend at No. 9 Wisconsin and has now forced 111 turnovers in its last 63 games, including at least one turnover in 49 of its last 63 games. USU has also recorded 53 interceptions in its last 50 games, including at least one pick in 26 of its last 50 games and multiple interceptions in 16 of its last 50 games. Overall, USU has forced three or more turnovers in 12 of its last 39 games.
UTAH STATE RANKS 56TH IN THE NATION IN NET PUNTING
• Utah State’s punt team had a net average of 39.50 yards per punt last weekend at No. 9 Wisconsin to rank fourth in the Mountain West and 56th in the nation. USU’s special teams also ranks seventh in the MW and 65th nationally in kickoff returns (19.20 ypr), ninth in the MW and 87th in the nation in punt returns (0.00 ypr), 10th in the MW and 90th in the nation in kickoff return defense (23.0 ypr), and 10th in the conference in turnover margin (-2.00).
AGGIES IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST AND NCAA RANKINGS
• Senior QB Kent Myers ranks first in the Mountain West and 15th nationally in completions per game (25.0), fourth in the MW and 63rd nationally in completion percentage (.610), sixth in the MW and 52nd nationally in passing (219.0 ypg), and sixth in the MW and 59th in the nation in total offense (227.0 ypg). Junior LB Louy Compton ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for second in the nation with his one fumble recovery, and tied for second in the MW and tied for 25th nationally in sacks (1.0 pg). Junior LB Suli Tamaivena ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for second in the nation with his one fumble recovery, and tied for 16th in the MW in tackles (7.0 pg). Sophomore NG Mohelika Uasike ranks tied for first in the MW and tied for fifth in the nation with one forced fumble. Senior BS Dallin Leavitt ranks tied for second in the MW and tied for 17th in the nation in passes defended (2.0 pg), and tied for 16th in the MW in tackles (7.0 pg). Senior CB Jalen Davis ranks tied for second in the MW and tied for 25th in the nation in sacks (1.0 pg). Freshman LB Maika Magalei ranks tied for second in the MW and tied for 25th in the nation in sacks (1.0 pg). Senior RB LaJuan Hunt ranks tied for eighth in the MW in scoring (6.0 ppg). Senior RB Tonny Lindsey Jr. ranks sixth in the MW and 59th in the nation in kickoff returns (18.8 ypr), and eighth in the MW in all-purpose yards (119.0 pg). Junior LB Chase Christiansen ranks tied for 27th in the MW in tackles (6.0 pg). Junior BS Gaje Ferguson ranks tied for 27th in the MW in tackles (6.0 pg). Sophomore PK Dominik Eberle ranks tied for first in the nation in field goal percentage (100.00), and tied for fifth in the MW and tied for 28th in the nation in field goals made (1.0 pg). And junior P Aaron Dalton ranks third in the MW and 36th nationally in punting (43.6 ypp).
DID YOU KNOW?
• Senior BS Dallin Leavitt (5-10, 205) has a 385-pound flat bench press; senior CB Wesley Bailey (6-1, 200) has a 38-inch vertical jump, and junior DE Adewale Adeoye (6-3, 270) front squatted 455 pounds.
WHAT’S RETURNING IN 2017
• Utah State returns 14 starters (O-6, D-8) and 38 letterwinners (O-16, D-20, S-2) from last year’s team that went 3-9 and finished in sixth place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 1-7 record. Highlighting Utah State’s returners in 2017 is senior quarterback Kent Myers, who earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a sophomore in 2015. Utah State returns five other starters on offense in senior OT Preston Brooksby, senior RB Tonny Lindsey Jr., junior WR Ron’quavion Tarver, junior OG KJ Uluave and junior WR Zach Van Leeuwen. USU also returns eight starters on defense in senior CB Wesley Bailey, senior CB Jalen Davis, senior LB Alex Huerta, senior BS Dallin Leavitt, senior DE Ian Togiai, junior BS Gaje Ferguson, junior LB Derek Larsen and junior FS Jontell Rocquemore, to go along with two specialists returning in senior LS Emmett Odegard and junior P Aaron Dalton.
WHAT UTAH STATE MUST REPLACE FROM 2016
• Utah State must replace six players who earned various all-Mountain West honors in 2016, including NG Travis Seefeldt, who earned second-team honors, and OL Austin Albrecht, DE Ricky Ali’ifua, TE Wyatt Houston, OL Jake Simonich and OC Austin Stephens, who were all named to the honorable mention team. Other offensive starters lost include OL Jude Hockel, WR Andrew Rodriquez and WR Rayshad Lewis, and other defensive starters lost include LB Brock Carmen, FS Devin Centers, DE Edmund Faimalo, CB Daniel Gray and LB Anthony Williams.
AGGIES IN OVERTIME
• Utah State is 6-5 all-time in overtime, winning three of its last four. All-time, USU is 4-2 in single-overtime games, 2-2 in double-overtime games, and 0-1 in triple-overtime games. USU’s last overtime game was a 21-14 loss at Arkansas State on Sept. 20, 2014.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Of Utah State’s seven Mountain West losses in 2016, five were by a combined 29 points (5.8 ppg) as USU lost at home to Air Force by seven points (27-20), at No. 24 Boise State by 11 points (21-10), at Colorado State by seven points (31-24), to New Mexico by three points (24-21), and at Nevada by one point (38-37). Furthermore, USU surrendered three double-digit leads in the second half of the 2016 season at Colorado State (14 points), against New Mexico at home (15 points), and at Nevada (13 points), not to mention a seven-point second-quarter lead at home against Air Force.
UTAH STATE COACHING CHANGES FOR 2017
• Utah State’s coaching staff had two changes during the offseason as fifth-year head coach Matt Wells hired David Yost as the offensive coordinator working with the quarterbacks, and Mark Tommerdahl as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Coaches who left the USU program following the 2016 season include assistant head coach/running backs/tight ends coach Mike Canales, who went to Tennessee, and linebackers coach David Kotulski, who went to Mercyhurst University.
UTAH STATE THE ONLY PROGRAM WITH NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINATORS FOUR YEARS IN A ROW WITH SAME HEAD COACH
• Utah State is the only FBS program to have a new offensive coordinator in each of the past four seasons under the same head coach. In 2014, Kevin McGiven was the offensive coordinator. In 2015, Josh Heupel was the offensive coordinator. In 2016, Jovon Bouknight and Luke Wells were co-offensive coordinators. And in 2017, David Yost is the offensive coordinator. Kansas has had a new offensive coordinator in each of the past five seasons under different head coaches and Pittsburgh has had new offensive coordinators in each of the last four seasons under different head coaches.
WELLS’ 28 WINS FIFTH-MOST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
• Utah State head coach Matt Wells’ 28 wins rank fifth all-time in school history, while his 51.9 winning percentage (28-26) ranks seventh all-time with a minimum of 15 games coached.
MORE ON UTAH STATE’S HEAD COACH Matt Wells
• Utah State head coach Matt Wells is in his fifth season in charge of the Aggie football program and is the longest tenured head coach since Mick Dennehy (2000-04) also spent five years at USU. In fact, Wells is tied with Dennehy and George P. Campbell (1902-06) as the sixth-longest tenured head coaches in 120 seasons of Utah State football.
• Matt Wells coached in his third bowl game in 2015 to set the school record for most bowl games by a head coach. E. Lowell ‘Dick’ Romney (1946, 1947), John Ralston (1960, 1961) and Gary Andersen (2011, 2012) all coached the Aggies in two bowl games, while Charlie Weatherbie (1993) and John L. Smith (1997) each coached one bowl game at USU.
• Matt Wells, the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year, is one of just 21 coaches to lead his alma mater. He is also just the second Utah State graduate to be appointed its head football coach, joining Chris Pella, who graduated from USU in 1965 and coached the Aggies from 1983-85.
WELLS ONE OF 21 FBS HEAD COACHES AT HIS ALMA MATER
• Utah State head coach Matt Wells is one of the 21 current FBS head coaches who are the head coaches at their alma mater, joining John Bonamego (Central Michigan), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Bryan Harsin (Boise State), Paul Haynes (Kent State), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Sean Kugler (UTEP), Tim Lester (Western Michigan), Mike Neu (Ball State), Barry Odum (Missouri), Mark Richt (Miami), Nick Rolovich (Hawai’i), Scott Satterfield (Appalachian State), David Shaw (Stanford), Kalani Sitake (BYU), Kirby Smart (Georiga) and Jeff Tedford (Fresno State).
• Of the 21 head coaches listed above who are currently at their alma mater, the Mountain West leads all conferences with five.
UTAH STATE WITH SIX HOME GAMES ONCE AGAIN IN 2017
• Utah State’s 2017 schedule marks the eighth-straight season, the ninth time in the last 10 years, and the 10th time in the last 21 years that it will play six home games. Overall, the Aggies have had six home games on the slate just 14 times: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1978, 1952.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Utah State has nine players listed on its current depth chart that began their Aggie careers as walk-ons in senior LS Emmett Odegard, senior WR Braelon Roberts, junior P Aaron Dalton, junior BS Gaje Ferguson, junior OC Quin Ficklin, junior LB Derek Larsen, junior WR Zach Van Leeuwen, sophomore PK Dominik Eberle and redshirt freshman CB Ja’Marcus Ingram.
• Utah State also has five other players on its current depth chart who are currently walk-ons in junior OL Jake Templeton, junior WR Aaren Vaughns, sophomore P Zach Lee, sophomore PK Michael Smith and redshirt freshman LS Brandon Pada.
A FINAL LOOK AT UTAH STATE IN 2016
• Utah State ended its 2016 season with a 3-9 record and finished sixth in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 1-7 record. Offensively, USU was led by junior QB Kent Myers, who was 211-of-361 (.584) passing for 2,389 yards (199.1 ypg) with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Junior RB Tonny Lindsey Jr. led the team in rushing with 763 yards on 148 carries (5.2 ypc / 63.6 ypg) with six touchdowns, while sophomore WR Ron’quavion Tarver had a team-best 46 receptions for 602 yards (13.1 ypr / 50.2 ypg) with three touchdowns. Defensively, redshirt senior LB Anthony Williams led the team with 96 tackles, which included 2.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss, while senior LB Brock Carmen had 64 tackles, which included 3.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss. As a team, Utah State averaged 23.9 points and 376.2 yards of total offense (205.8 passing, 170.5 rushing), and allowed 29.3 points and 379.8 yards of total offense (203.3 rushing, 176.5 passing).
UTAH STATE STREAKS THAT ENDED IN 2016
• Utah State had several streaks that ended during the 2016 season, including missing out on a bowl game for the first time since the 2010 campaign. From 2011 to 2015, USU played in a school-record five-straight bowl games, winning three. USU had also won at least six games in each of its previous five seasons, which was tied with the 1971-75 teams for the longest streak in school history. And finally, USU had won at least five conference games in each of its previous five seasons, which was a school record.
UTAH STATE ENTERING FIFTH SEASON IN MOUNTAIN WEST
• Utah State is entering its fifth year as a member of the Mountain West and has been a Division I-A/Bowl Championship Series football playing school in each of its 119 seasons of competition. USU joined the Mountain States/Skyline Conference in 1938 until 1961. USU then played as a football independent from 1962-77 when the Aggies became members of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association in 1978. The PCAA changed its name to the Big West Conference in 1988. Following the 2000 season, when the Big West no longer sponsored football, USU spent two years as an independent (2001-02) and two years in the Sun Belt Conference (2003-04), before joining the Western Athletic Conference for eight seasons from 2005-12.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
• Utah State is 146-175-8 (.456) all-time against current members of the Mountain West with a 38-25-4 record vs. Wyoming, a 33-38-2 record vs. Colorado State, a 15-7 record vs. UNLV, a 16-20-1 record vs. San José State, a 12-17-1 record vs. Fresno State, a 10-13 record vs. New Mexico, an 8-6 record vs. Hawai`i, a 6-18 record vs. Nevada, a 5-16 record vs. Boise State, a 2-3 record vs. Air Force, and a 1-12 record vs. San Diego State.
UTAH STATE NOTABLES HEADING INTO 2017
• Utah State returns its top two rushers from last season in senior RB Tonnny Lindsey Jr. and senior QB Kent Myers. Lindsey led the Aggies in 2016 in rushing yards (763) and carries (148), while tying for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns. Myers ranked second on the team in both rushing yards (449) and carries (116), and also tied for the team lead with six rushing touchdowns. In fact, USU returns 86.1 percent of its rushing yards (1,673/2,046) from last season.
• Utah State returns its top receiver from 2016 in junior WR Ron’quavion Tarver. Tarver led USU with 46 receptions for 602 yards and three touchdowns. In fact, his 602 receiving yards are the most by an Aggie underclassman since 2009, while his 46 receptions are tied for the most by a USU underclassman in school history. Tarver also had a pair of 100-yard receiving games as a sophomore, including a career-high nine receptions for a career-best 143 yards against Air Force as those 143 receiving yards rank as the third-most in school history by an Aggie underclassman and the most since 1994.
• Utah State returns its top quarterback from 2016 in senior Kent Myers. Myers started all 12 games for USU and was 211-of-361 (.584) passing for 2,389 yards with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
• Myers, who was named the Offensive MVP of the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, also earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a sophomore in 2015.
• Defensively, Utah State returns 49.8 percent of its tackles (943/470) from last season, including two of its top five tacklers in senior BS Dallin Leavitt and senior LB Alex Huerta, who had 57 and 45 tackles, respectively.
• Utah State’s 18 seniors heading into the 2017 season are its fewest since it had 18 seniors during the 2014 season.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Utah State has won 18 of its last 21 games when it has a 100-yard rusher and 22 of its last 24 contests when rushing at least 40 times in a game.
• Utah State has won 35 of its last 36 games dating back to 2011 when scoring at least 30 points in a game. In fact, USU had won 35 straight games when scoring at least 30 points before losing at Nevada, 38-37, last season.
AGGIES CURRENTLY IN THE NFL AND CFL
• Utah State currently has 12 players on NFL rosters and has had 11 players drafted into the NFL in the past seven years. Former Aggies currently in the NFL include S Maurice Alexander (Los Angeles), S Marwin Evans (Green Bay), LB Kyler Fackrell (Green Bay), OG Tyler Larsen (Carolina), CB Nevin Lawson (Detroit), RB Devante Mays (Green Bay), OT Donald Penn (Oakland), LS Patrick Scales (Chicago), RB Robert Turbin (Indianapolis), LB Nick Vigil (Cincinnati), LB Bobby Wagner (Seattle) and RB Kerwynn Williams (Arizona). USU also has four former Aggies currently in the Canadian Football League in CB Jarrett Bush (Calgary), DE John Chick (Hamilton), LB Chris Randle (Winnipeg) and DE Connor Williams (Ottawa).
CURRENT AGGIES WITH NFL TIES
• Utah State has two players on its current roster with fathers who played in the NFL in senior WR Jaren Colsten-Green (Willie Green) and sophomore LB Mason Tobeck (Robbie Tobeck).
• Willie Green (WR) spent eight seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (1991-93), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994), Carolina Panthers (1995-96) and Denver Broncos (1997-98).
• Robbie Tobeck (OL) spent 14 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons (1993-99) and Seattle Seahawks (2000-06).
AGGIES WHO HAVE SERVED LDS CHURCH MISSIONS
• Utah State has 30 players on its current roster who have served two-year LDS Church Missions: redshirt freshman DE Caden Andersen, junior OL Roman Andrus, senior OL Preston Brooksby, freshman WR Taylor Compton, freshman WR Preston Curtis, redshirt freshman DE Ritisoni Fata, freshman RB SJ Fehoko, junior OL Quin Ficklin, redshirt freshman S Baron Gajkowski, sophomore LB Mason Gajkowski, sophomore LB Braden Harris, sophomore OL Moroni Iniguez, senior OL Jarom Ioane, junior LB Derek Larsen, junior LB Ofa Latu, sophomore DE Logan Lee, redshirt freshman DL Connor Meyers, sophomore LB Sialao Mobley, freshman S Chase Nelson, junior QB DJ Nelson, sophomore S Chance Parker, redshirt sophomore TE Dax Raymond, freshman PK Michael Smith, redshirt freshman BS Zach Swenson, redshirt freshman DE Keith Tambe, redshirt freshman TE Tyler Thornock, sophomore NG Mohelika Uasike, junior OL KJ Uluave, junior WR Zach Van Leeuwen and sophomore DE Jacoby Wildman.
AGGIES WHO ARE MARRIED
• Utah State has 10 players on its current roster who are married in junior LB Chase Christiansen, senior LB Alex Huerta, sophomore OL Moroni Iniguez, senior OL Jarom Ionae, junior LB Derek Larsen, senior BS Dallin Leavitt, sophomore LB Sialao Mobley, sophomore S Chance Parker, junior OL KJ Uluave and junior WR Zach Van Leeuwen.
UTAH STATE BOWL HISTORY
• Utah State has a 4-7 bowl record all-time as it lost to San José State, 20-0, in the 1946 Raisin Bowl (Fresno, Calif.); lost to Pacific, 35-21, in the 1947 Grape Bowl (Lodi, Calif.); lost to New Mexico State, 20-13, in the 1960 Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas); lost to Baylor, 24-9, in the 1961 Gotham Bowl (New York City); defeated Ball State, 42-33, in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl II; lost to Cincinnati, 35-19, in the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl; lost to Ohio, 24-23, in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; defeated Toledo, 41-15, in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, defeated No. 24 Northern Illinois, 21-14, in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl; defeated UTEP, 21-6, in the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl; and lost to Akron, 23-21, in the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. DID YOU KNOW?
• Utah State rushed for 2,046 yards during the 2016 season, marking the eighth-straight year that USU has gained at least 2,000 yards on the ground. Prior to its current streak, USU went 33 years without rushing for 2,000 yards in a single season.
• Utah State’s football team earned recognition from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) in 2016 as it was one of 78 institutions to receive the Academic Achievement Award for graduating 75 percent or more of their student-athletes. Overall, it is the third consecutive year that USU’s football program has been recognized by the AFCA.
• USU has a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 87 percent to rank first in the Mountain West. The Aggies also rank first among the other football programs in the Beehive State, ahead of Utah (78), Weber State (69), Southern Utah (61) and BYU (48).
• Utah State had 19 football players earn academic all-conference honors in 2016.
• Over the past eight seasons, USU has had 166 players earn academic all-league honors and 156 players have graduated from Utah State.
• Entering the 2017 season, Utah State has one player on its roster who has already received a degree in junior WR Zach Van Leeuwen (family, consumer and human development).
UTAH STATE HEAD COACH Matt Wells
• Matt Wells has wasted little time putting his stamp on the Aggie football program in his first five seasons as head coach, as USU is 28-26, including a 19-13 Mountain West record. USU also played in its fifth-straight bowl game in 2015.
• In his four years as head coach, Wells has led Utah State to three wins against top 25 opponents, one more than USU had overall prior to his tenure.
• During the 2015 season, Wells mentored 12 players who earned all-Mountain West honors, which were the third-most in the conference. Wells also coached Kyler Fackrell, who was named a fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele.
• Wells coached three players who participated in the 2016 NFL Combine in Fackrell, Hunter Sharp and Nick Vigil, while 10 players from the 2015 roster were invited to NFL camps, including Vigil (Cincinnati Bengals) and Fackrell (Green Bay Packers), who were both selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
• Wells led Utah State to 10 wins in 2014 to rank as the second-most in school history behind the 2012 team that finished with an 11-2 record, including its third-straight bowl win with a 21-6 victory against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
• During the 2014 season, Wells mentored 15 players who earned 16 all-Mountain West honors, which were the most in the league and tied for the third-most in school history. Wells also coached two All-Americans as Zach Vigil was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, while Jalen Davis was named a True Freshman All-American by 247Sports. Vigil was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
• Wells was named the 2013 Mountain West Coach of the Year as he set the school record for wins by a first-year head coach as the Aggies went 9-5.
• Wells led Utah State to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game after winning the Mountain Division with a 7-1 record in 2013. He also led USU to just its third-ever bowl victory as it posted a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
• During his first year as USU’s head coach, Wells mentored 14 Aggies who earned various all-Mountain West honors, including three All-Americans as Tyler Larsen was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, Nevin Lawson was named a third-team All-American by College Sports Madness, and Kyler Fackrell was named an honorable mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News.
• Wells coached a school-record four players who participated in the 2014 NFL Combine in Larsen, Lawson, Maurice Alexander and D.J. Tialavea, while 11 players from the 2013 roster were invited to NFL camps, including Alexander (Los Angeles Rams) and Lawson (Detroit Lions), who were both selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. • Overall, Wells is the second USU coach and fifth in school history to garner conference coach of the year honors along with Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991), John L. Smith (1997) and Gary Andersen (2012). Wells is also the fourth individual to earn MW Coach of the Year honors in his first season, along with BYU’s Gary Crowton (2001), Utah’s Urban Meyer (2003) and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun (2007).
• Wells is one of just 19 FBS coaches to lead his alma mater and is just the second Utah State graduate to be appointed its head football coach, joining Chris Pella, who graduated from USU in 1965 and coached the Aggies from 1983-85.
• Prior to being named the head coach at his alma mater, Wells spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Utah State, including serving as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2012. In 2011, Wells coached USU’s quarterbacks and was the team’s recruiting coordinator.
• During his six years at Utah State, Wells has been part of a USU program that played in five straight bowl games for the first time in school history, and won three-straight bowl games for the first time ever.
• As offensive coordinator in 2012, Utah State concluded its most successful season in program history with a school-best 11-2 record. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936.
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