Bohm And Fausel Just Living The Dream
Oct. 18, 2007
By Tim Olsen / USU Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah - "Just living the dream." That's how Jimmy Bohm and Will Fausel feel about their time here at Utah State. When they're not on the football field making plays for the Aggies, you can probably find them together driving around campus in Jimmy's golf cart, nicknamed the Blue Frog, or playing a round at one of the local golf courses.
Bohm and Fausel arrived together as freshman at USU and nothing has been the same since. They both played tight end in high school, and both were products of California, drawn to USU and the tight end happy offensive system at that time.
"The offensive coordinator here used a lot of tight ends and they shared that information and said `you know, you're going to get the ball a lot,'" Fausel said. "Obviously Chris Cooley was here and did real well, so that was one of the big things they emphasized. They said if you do come you're going to get a lot of playing time if you're good and can play the different positions like fullback and tight end and are able to move around. I did that a lot in high school, so that's one of the reasons I liked coming up here."
Bohm shared similar feelings as Fausel.
"I also had a good recruiting trip," Bohm said. "Like Will touched on, we use a lot of tight ends. In fact, the whole highlight film they were showing us of Utah State was just tight ends getting love."
Once the two arrived they became fast friends and roommates, and due to their versatility and the Aggies offensive schemes have been able to play together all four years they've been at Utah State.
"They're great friends and have been roommates all four years they've been here," USU tight ends coach Tracy Smith said. "Their senior leadership is invaluable to not only the team but to the other tight ends in Rob Myers and Doug Barbour. They just want to help out the offense in any way they can."
"We've been here for so long and been through so many offenses it's kind of nice," Fausel said. "I know what he's (Bohm) going to do, and if I mess up he'll cover my back and If he messes up I'll cover his. We know which two guys we're supposed to block and if we don't do it exactly how the coach says it, either way we're going to get it done. So, it's a lot better when he and I are out there, we kind of go with the flow and look out for each other. If a guy beats me, he can pick it up and I can move to the next guy, either or."
While the two cover for each other on the field, they haven't competed against each other for playing time of the tight end love.
"Like Jimmy said though, we've never really competed against each other that much, maybe a little freshman year to see who was bigger or faster or whatever," Fausel said. "We just helped each other a lot when we first get here, learning the playbook and stuff. It was very difficult at first coming from a high school offense to a college one which was a lot different, so we studied together and helped each other out."
Along with football, they have studied other things as well. Bohm loves to golf, and taught Fausel the game when they first arrived.
"My first time I actually played golf I hit the ball on the green, and I drove the golf cart up on the green because I'd never played golf in my life and no one said you couldn't do that," Fausel said.
"Since I've been here, Will has evolved 180 degrees," said Smith, who is in his second year at USU. "When he first got here, he was a back-up, seldom used player and now he has developed into a starter. Not only has he become a good player in the WAC, but he has also changed his attitude and his intensity. He brings great run-blocking and pass route talent to the table."
Smith has been equally impressed with the progress and development of Bohm.
"Jimmy has improved and polished his game. He is very versatile in the offense and can be used as either a tight end or a fullback," Smith said. "He's smart in knowing when and where to be in position to make the play."
Now as seniors, they're leaders not only on the field in terms of X's and O's, but also in laughs.
"The tight end position ever since we came here has been more of the fun group, and we're always kind of screwing around a little more than other spots are supposed to be," Fausel said with a laugh. "Most times the coaches kind of shrug it off and let it go even though we do get into our trouble. But we do have a lot of fun at the tight end position with our coaches and being on the offense."
As well as having fun as tight ends and in the offense, they plan good times for the entire team. During the summer months, Bohm organizes a Utah State football team golf tournament, and during the winter, Fausel gathers the team up to Idaho for their annual Tube-A-Palooza. These events really seem to bond the team together and are really enjoyable for the players.
Also, the team is starting to bond on the field. Despite the Aggies' 0-6 record, anyone who's watched them play this season can tell that the offense is improving each game, capped off by a 37-point explosion against 16th-ranked Hawai'i. Both teammates agree on the reason for this improvement.
"We're just adjusting to the offense and starting to believe in Coach Dickey, he is behind us all the way. Even if we mess up he says `hey, that's my fault too, I take the blame for that call,'" Fausel said. In the Hawai'i game, Fausel had three catches for 36 yards with a long of 20 yards, all single-game career-highs and nearly matched his career total of seven catches entering the game.
"We believe that we can do it, and that's a big thing is to keep believing we can do it. We have been getting better every week, and it's nice to see that. When you see that, it helps you say positive," said Bohm, who missed the Hawai'i game with an injury but is expected to return to the lineup this week.
That positive attitude is exactly what makes these two roommates so good, on and off the field. As the Aggies go for their first win against Nevada this week, expect to see Jimmy Bohm with his handle-bar mustache and Will "The Wild Man" Fausel leading the way. These roommates believe in themselves and their teammates, and they can feel a win coming. Is it a struggle? Not if you ask them, because they're just "living the dream."