Sept. 7, 2006
HERE TO HELP ON GAME DAY -- USU media relations director Mike Strauss and assistant director Zach Fisher are on hand to assist you in your coverage of Utah State at today's game. Please do not hesitate to call on them for any assistance you may need.
POSTGAME - The Utah State lockerroom is closed to the media. After a brief cooling off period, head coach Brent Guy will be available at a designated area. Players will then be made available as well. All player requests should be made to Strauss prior to the five minute mark of the fourth quarter.
A USU Win Would...
Be USU's second all-time against an SEC opponent (beat Kentucky 35-6 in Lexington in 1970). Be USU's first non-conference road win since winning at UNLV on Sept. 25, 2005. Give USU a 1-1 season start for the third straight year.
A USU Loss Would...
Drop USU to 0-2 to start a year for the first time since 2003. Make USU 1-7 on the road in the Brent Guy era. As always, be less good than a win.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN SATURDAY'S GAME -- WR Kevin Robinson has caught at least two passes in 18 consecutive contests... WR Tony Pennyman has caught at least two passes in 11 straight games... OG Pace Jorgensen and LB Jake Hutton are expected to make their 13th consecutive starts, while WR Tony Pennyman should be starting for the 12th consecutive game... Dating back to last year USU has committed just one turnover in each of its last four games.
NUMBER CHANGES -- Last week several jersey number changes were made with Utah State football players. An updated travel roster is on page four of this release. Here is a look at the changes:
New # Pos., Player Old # Notes 2 WR Aaron Lesue 22 #2 Chris Forbes will not travel 36 S Ryan Higley 19 38 PK Bryan Shields 12
SOUTHERN FLAVOR -- While Utah State does not list any players on its roster from the state of Arkansas, there are several Aggies from the Southeastern Conference area. Among those players are DL Alan Bishop (Daleville, Ala.), LB Derrick Cumbee (Andrews, S.C.), S Chris Forbes (Miami, Fla.), RB Matthew Kohler (Bowling Green, Ky.), RB Antraun McDaniel (Thomaston, Ga.), DL Carl Singleton (New Orleans, La.), and S Eric Sobolewski (Versailles, Ky.). In addition, a couple of Aggie coaches have spent some time down south as DL coach Danilo Robinson coached at UL-Monroe (2003-04), OC/QB coach Mike Santiago was at North Carolina State (1982) and McNeese State (1990-98), TE coach Tracy Smith was at LSU (2005) after graduating from the school in 2003, WR coach Greg Stevens was at Arkansas-Monticello (1999-2001), and OL coach Vance Vice coached at Georgia (1990-92), Hart County HS in Georgia (1993-95), Clemson (1996-98). and Murray State (1999).
RARE COMBINATIONS -- Utah State is one of six schools in the nation returning its leading rusher, passer, receiver and tackle leader from last season. Here is a look at the schools with that unique combination:
Arkansas Brigham Young Buffalo Ohio Utah State UTEP
QUARTERBACK/PUNTER -- QB Leon Jackson III is expected to handle punting chores this year. The junior punted for the Aggies as a freshman in 2004, booting it 40 times for a 42.3 average with a long of 67 and placing nine inside the 20-yard line. His average ranked 32nd in the country and was third among the nation's freshmen that year. He produced 10 50-yard punts as well. As a backup quarterback that season he appeared in nine games and was 26 of 46 passing for 404 yards.
THE LAST TIME IN ARKANSAS -- The last time USU played at Arkansas was in 1976. Here is a look at some interesting, and some not so interesting things, going on in the world at that time: Patty Hearst was found guilty of armed robbery of a San Francisco bank... Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak... The Toronto Blue Jays were created... U.S. presidential election, 1976: Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Gerald Rudolph Ford, to become the first candidate from the Deep South to win since the Civil War... Peyton Manning was born on March 24... Top five songs of 1976: 1. Silly Love Songs, Paul McCartney and Wings, 2. Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Elton John and Kiki Dee, 3. Disco Lady, Johnnie Taylor, 4. December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night), Four Seasons, 5. Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry.
DID YOU KNOW? -- While Utah State is making just its third trip to Arkansas to meet the Razorbacks, the Aggies have played in the Natural State two other times. The Aggies played at Arkansas State in 1995 and lost 21-17 and returned to Jonesboro in 2004, falling 16-7.
AGGIES IN THE NFL -- Here is a look at Aggies currently in the NFL:
DB Jarrett Bush - beginning his first year with the Green Bay Packers
WR Kevin Curtis - beginning his fourth year with the St. Louis Rams
TE Chris Cooley - beginning his third year with the Washington Redskins
DB Ade Jimoh - beginning his fourth year with the Washington Redskins
USU NOTE-ABLE -- OT Shawn Murphy is the son of former Atlanta Braves baseball standout Dale Murphy... LB Daryl Fields is the shortest linebacker at the division I level at 5-7... Fields' cousin Dion Bailey played basketball at Utah State... FB Ryan Bohm's biological father Sam Johnson played in the NFL... CB Marquise Charles' brother Keith is a CB at Idaho... WR Otis Nelson comes from a family of Aggie football players as his father (Orlando) and uncles (Ken and Claude) played at Utah State in the 1970s... WR Tarell Richards' sister Taylor is the starting point guard for the Aggie women's basketball team... WR Kevin Robinson's brother John Rushing, is the Aggie cornerbacks coach... WR Preston Robinson's father Doug ran track at Utah State and is a writer for the Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City... QB Riley Nelson's father Keith played football at USU while his grandfather Rod Tueller was an athletics director and basketball coach at USU.
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