Aggies Off To Quick Conference Football Start, Host Arkansas State Saturday

 

 
 

Oct. 22, 2000

LOGAN, Utah - Game #8 vs. Arkansas State Sat., Oct. 28, 3:05 p.m. (MST) Romney Stadium (30,257) Logan, Utah Radio: KVNU (610 AM), Logan KVFX (94.5 FM), Logan KWLW (700 AM), SLC Internet: www.UtahStateAggies.com TV: None USU Tickets: 1-888-U-STATE-1 or (435) 797-0305

USU SID: Mike Strauss (435) 797-1361 ASU SID: Bill Bowen (870) 972-2541

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2000 Utah State (3-4, 2-0) Sept. 2 at Texas Tech L 16-38 Sept. 9 SO. UTAH W 30-14 Sept. 23 at Ariz. State L 20-44 Sept. 30 UTAH L 14-35 Oct. 6 (Fri) at BYU L 14-38 Oct. 14 at No. Texas* W 17-12 Oct. 21 IDAHO* W 31-14 Oct. 28 ARKANSAS ST.* 3:05 Nov. 4 at N.M. State* 6:00 Nov. 11 at Boise State* 1:05 Nov. 18 IDAHO STATE 3:05 (All times are Mountain)

2000 Arkansas St. (0-8, 0-2) Sept. 2 at N.C. State L 31-38ot Sept. 9 at Oklahoma L 7-45 Sept. 16 MEMPHIS L 17-19 Sept. 23 at TCU L 3-52 Sept. 30 RICHMOND L 27-30 Oct. 7 at Mississippi L 10-35 Oct. 14 at Idaho L 25-42 Oct. 21 N.M. STATE L 29-35ot Oct. 28 at Utah State Nov. 4 BOISE STATE Nov. 11 NORTH TEXAS

QUICKLY -- Utah State (3-4, 2-0) will host Arkansas State (0-8, 0-2) in the second of two straight home games... The Aggies will then play two straight road games before hosting Idaho State in the season finale on Nov. 18... USU's last four games will come against schools with "State" in their names... USU is looking to win its fifth straight Big West game dating back to last year... The Aggies have won seven of their last 11 league games... USU has started the league season 2-0 for the first time since 1997 and is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since that same season... USU is 2-1 at home this season and has won at least two home games in each of the last five years (the last time USU won three home games was 1997 (3-2)).

ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried on the Aggie Radio Network with Al "He said European on the air" Lewis handling the play-by-play chores and Chris "Is Arkansas named after Noah's Ark?" Tunis providing analysis. The games are carried on KVNU (610 AM) and KVFX (94.5 FM) in Logan and KWLW (700 AM) in Salt Lake City as well as on USU's web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Saturday's game will not be televised.

MEDIA SERVICES -- All Utah State player and coach interview requests should be made through the Athletic Media Relations Office by calling Mike Strauss at (435) 797-1361. Interviews should be completed by Wednesday each week. Information about Utah State football can be obtained in several ways, including the internet (www.UtahStateAggies.com), Fax-on-Demand, e-mail, fax, or simply by calling us. Information will be updated as quickly as possible on all of the systems each week. See the left column on page two for information on USU's weekly press conferences.

LAST TIME OUT -- Utah State used an offensive explosion and the Aggie defense limited the high-octane Idaho offense as Utah State posted an impressive 31-14 victory against the Vandals on Saturday. USU's offensive standouts included Jose Fuentes, who threw for 421 yards and caught a touchdown pass, Aaron Jones, who caught eight balls for 233 yards and one touchdown and Emmett White, who rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown and caught two passes for 84 yards and another score. The Aggies rolled up 569 yards of total offense and scored a season-high 31 points in the lopsided victory. Meanwhile USU's defense allowed 406 total yards, but the Vandals reached the endzone just twice, both in the first half as Idaho produced just 134 yards and no points in the second half (more on this game later in this release).

SUPPORTING THE AGGIES -- Through three home games (and with two remaining) Utah State has averaged 23,582 fans for a total of 70,746 this year. In 1998 USU drew just 85,480 in six home games (14,247) and last year drew 87,199 in five home contests (17,440). USU needs to average just 14,627 in its final two home games to reach the 100,000 mark, a feat accomplished just once in school history when 129,206 fans came to six home games in 1996 (average of 21,534).

COACH MICK DENNEHY -- In his first year at Utah State is Mick Dennehy (Montana, 1973), who was hired on Dec. 3, 1999. He compiled a 39-12 record in four years at Montana and his 76.5 winning percentage is the best at the school for coaches with more than two years. His 66.2 winning percentage in seven years of head coaching entering the year was third among active division I head coaches with less than five years at this level. Dennehy played safety at Montana in 1971 and 1972. Prior to assuming the head coaching role at Montana, he served as the school's offensive coordinator for five seasons, producing one of the nation's top offenses. Before going to Montana, Dennehy revived the program at Western Montana, which had dropped football in 1987. In three years he improved the team from a 1-6 record to a 5-3 mark.

Year School Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Notes 1988 West. Montana 1-6 .143 1-5/5th .167 Revived Program 1989 West. Montana 4-4 .500 2-4/4th .333 1990 West. Montana 5-3 .625 3-3/3rd .500 1996 Montana 14-1 .933 8-0/1st 1.00 3-1 (2nd in I-AA) 1997 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/2nd .750 0-1 in playoffs 1998 Montana 8-4 .667 6-2/1st .750 0-1 in playoffs 1999 Montana 9-3 .750 7-1/1st 1.00 0-1 in playoffs 2000 Utah State 3-4 .429 2-0 1.00 24th head coach Western Montana (3 yrs.) 10-13 .435 6-12 .333 Revived Program Montana (4 yrs.) 39-12 .765 27-5 .844 Four playoffs Utah State (1st yr.) 3-4 .429 2-0 1.00 50th career win Totals (8th year) 52-29 .642 35-17 .673 3-4 in playoffs

THE USU-ASU SERIES -- Utah State and Arkansas State will be meeting for the third time and the two teams have split the previous two matchups. Arkansas State won the first game 21-17 at Jonesboro in 1995 and the Aggies posted a 20-14 win at Logan a year ago. The 1995 game was the first game of the John L. Smith era. Mick Dennehy has never coached against Arkansas State.

USU-ASU LAST YEAR -- Demario Brown rushed for 225 yards on 40 carries as the Aggies opened conference play with a 20-14 win. USU's defense had to hold off the Indians after Arkansas State took over on the Aggie 30-yard line with 2:24 left trailing 20-14. ASU lost one yard on its first play and then threw two straight incompletions. On fourth down, cornerback Vashon Garmon came up and made a tackle after a nine-yard completion to force the possession change and secure USU's win. USU limited ASU to 274 yards of total offense and forced the Indians to go three and out on nine of their 14 possessions. In the game Brad Bohn became USU's career field goal leader and Demario Brown became the sixth player to record 3,000 career yards rushing.

DENNEHY LIKES CONFERENCE CALLS -- Utah State head coach Mick Dennehy is 2-0 in conference games at Utah State and is 35-17 all-time in games against conference foes in his eighth year as a head coach. Dennehy was 6-12 in league play at Western Montana, 27-5 at Montana and now 2-0 at Utah State.

IT'S EARLY BUT... -- Utah State enters its final four games with a 3-4 record and would need to win three of the final four contests to post its first regular season winning record since 1997 when the Aggies were 6-5 overall (lost bowl game for an actual 6-6 mark). If the Aggies could accomplish that feat, Mick Dennehy would become the first USU coach to post a winning record in his first season in Logan since Phil Krueger went 7-4 back in 1973 (Dennehy is the seventh coach since then).

BIG WEST'S FINAL YEAR -- This is the final football season for the Big West Conference and here is a look at some of USU's conference success as the league enters its 32nd and final season:

Years In The Conference 1. 27, San Jose State and Pacific 3. 23, UTAH STATE, Long Beach State

Conference Games Played 1. 151, Pacific 2. 149, San Jose State 3. 135, UTAH STATE

Conference Wins 1. 100, San Jose State (100-45-4) 2. 80, UTAH STATE (80-53-2) 3. 78, Fresno State (78-49-1)

Conference Championships (won or shared) 1. 9, San Jose State 2. 6, Fresno State 3. 5, UTAH STATE, Nevada, San Diego State

Conference Records of Current Schools 80-53-2 UTAH STATE (23rd year) 22-80-0, New Mexico State (17th year) 14-9-0, Idaho (5th year) 12-10-0, Boise State (5th year) 9-14-0, North Texas (5th year) 7-19-0, Arkansas State (5th year)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES -- Here is a look at Utah State's nominees for Big West Player of the Week honors this season (winners in all caps - announced on Monday after this release is printed):

Opponent Offense Defense Special Teams Texas Tech Emmett White Jesse Busta None Southern Utah A. JONES Cade Smith Steve Mullins Arizona State Emmett White Brent Passey BRAD BOHN Utah Aaron Jones B. PASSEY Steve Mullins Brigham Young Emmett White Brent Passey Emmett White North Texas Emmett White Cade Smith None Idaho Aaron Jones TBA Steve Mullins

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN -- In the last 10 years Utah State has had great success in Big West play as opposed to non-conference play. In the decade of the 1990s, USU was 38-20-1 in Big West play after going through difficult non-conference schedules with a 10-43-0 mark. This year USU has gone 1-4 in non-Big West games (will play Idaho State in the season finale) and is 2-0 in league action.

AGGIE INDIVIDUALS RANK HIGH -- Utah State has nine listings in the NCAA's top 50 individual statistical rankings this week. RB Emmett White is first in all-purpose, 10th in kickoff returns, and 28th in rushing, WR Aaron Jones is 21st in receiving yards and 37th in receptions, QB Jose Fuentes is 29th in total offense and 49th in passing, P Steve Mullins is 32nd in punting and PK Brad Bohn is 33rd in field goals. USU's best team rankings are 23rd in net punting, 27th in kickoff returns and 33rd in passing offense.

DID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State likes short conference seasons as in the seven years when the Aggies have played just five Big West games, Utah State has won at least four games in six of those seasons.

A LOOK AT LAST WEEK'S OFFENSIVE NUMBERS -- Here is a look at USU's offensive production against Idaho last week: * 569 yards of total offense was the eighth best in school history. * 439 passing yards were the third most in school history. * USU produced a 300-yard passer, 200-yard receiver and 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time since 1998 against Sam Houston State. * QB Jose Fuentes' 421 passing yards were the fourth most in school history. * WR Aaron Jones' 233 receiving yards were the third most in school history.

THE DEFENSE DID NOT REST -- Here is a look at USU's defensive effort as well: * Held Idaho to 17.8 points below its scoring average (UI scored just 14 points). * Held Idaho to 49.3 yards below its total offense average (406 yards). * Idaho gained 75 yards on 35 rushing attempts and 80 yards on one attempt.

WHITE IS NATIONAL LEADER (and it's an election year) -- RB Emmett White enters the week as the national leader in all-purpose yardage with 203.9 per game. He leads Michael Bennett of Wisconsin (186.29) and Heisman Trophy candidate LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU (186.00). And while it is still early in the year, Utah State has had 14 national statistical champions in its history, including four all-purpose yardage leaders. Jack Hill led the country in that category in 1956, Overton Curtis in 1957 and Louie Giammona in 1974 and 1975. Giammona in 1975 was USU's last national leader in any category.

WHITE SHOWING HIS COLORS -- Emmett White enters the week not only ranked first in the NCAA in all-purpose yardage, but 10th in the country in kickoff return average and 28th in rushing. He is listed in the top 10 of the Big West in eight different statistical categories (add punt returns, scoring, receptions, receiving yards and total offense to those already listed).

100 YARD, 80-YARD GAMES BECOMING COMMONPLACE -- Emmett White recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing game in seven contests this year against Idaho on Saturday. This season, the first-year starter has gone over the century mark against Texas Tech (143), Arizona State (113), North Texas (153) and Idaho (128). In addition, White has recorded three 80-plus yard reception games this year as well with 85 against Arizona State, 80 vs. Utah and 84 vs. Idaho. No player in USU history has ever recorded 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. Also this season, White has two games with a touchdown rushing and receiving (Arizona State and Idaho).

JONES HAS BIG DAY -- WR Aaron Jones pulled down eight passes for 233 yards and one touchdown against Idaho on Saturday. The 233 yards were the third most in school history and just 10 yards shy of the school record. Jones has caught at least one pass in 16 consecutive games and has three 100-yard receiving days this year and seven in his his career. He ranks second in the conference and is 21st nationally in receiving yards and 37th in receptions.

BOHN BOOTS WAY TO TOP OF RECORD CHARTS -- PK Brad Bohn erased two Utah State records against Idaho as he became USU's all-time career scoring leader (now has 252 points) and USU's career point after touchdown leader (now has 93). The senior owns 11 school records and ranks high on several Big West record lists as well (more later in this release).

YES WAY JOSE -- QB Jose Fuentes played in four games in 1999 and completed just four-of-11 passes. This year, the sophomore took over the starting quarterback spot in the third game and now has five starts under his belt. In his fifth start, Fuentes threw for 421 yards against Idaho for the fourth-best passing day in USU history. In the last three games he has completed 61-of-104 passes (58.7 percent) for 781 yards and thrown just one interception.

FUENTES A TRIPLE THREAT? -- In 1958 Colorado's Boyd Dowler accomplished a rare feat when he led the Buffaloes in passing and receiving in the same season and while Aggie quarterback Jose Fuentes is not a threat to accomplish that, he did become the first Aggie signal caller to score a touchdown on a reception since Matt Wells scored on a seven yard pass against New Mexico State in 1994. Fuentes hauled in an 18-yard reception from David Fiefia to score against Idaho. This year Fuentes has also thrown nine touchdowns, but has not scored himself on the ground.

FIEFIA, WHITE LEADERS IN THEIR GROUPS -- Heading into last week's games, WR David Fiefia was fourth in the country among freshman in receptions, while RB Emmett White was fifth in the nation in receptions by running backs. This will be updated later this week.

GOING 90 -- Against Idaho, Utah State produced two 90-plus yard scoring drives as the Aggies went 99 yards in 10 plays for a third-quarter touchdown and then went 93 yards in five plays for a fourth-quarter touchdown. USU's other three scoring drives against the Vandals were 54 yards, 35 yards and 73 yards. This season USU has had nine 70-plus yard drives, including three that have gone at least 90 yards (99 vs. Texas Tech). And while USU has produced some lengthy drives in terms of yardage, the longest USU has used the clock on one scoring possession was 4:18 on a 10-play, 43-yard drive that resulted in a field goal against Arizona State.

OFFENSIVE NOTES -- USU has produced four rushing touchdowns in the last three games after scoring just once on the ground in the first four contests... USU's three touchdown passes against Idaho on Saturday were its second most in a game this year (four vs. Southern Utah) and came after USU had thrown just three in three in the previous four games combined... USU's 569 yards against Idaho were more than the Aggies had in the previous two games combined (556 against BYU and North Texas)... USU has owned the advantage in time of possession in just three games this year, but in each of the last two contests... Ten players have run the ball this year, while 15 different players have receptions, including six different players with touchdown catches... USU has scored on 12-of-15 trips into the redzone this year with seven touchdowns. The Aggies have scored on each of their last six possessions inside the opponents' 20-yard line (four touchdowns and two field goals)... USU has scored on all five of its goal-to-go opportunities this year... USU has scored just nine points in the first quarter this season and in fact has only 49 points in the first half this year (93 in the second half)... USU's first points in a game have been a Brad Bohn field goal in seven of its last eight games dating back to last year.

DEFENSIVE NOTES -- USU has allowed just one passing touchdown in the last four games (BYU)... USU has allowed just two offensive touchdowns in two Big West games... USU has forced 18 punts in the last two games... USU had allowed 14 or fewer points just two times in a 32-game stretch, but held North Texas (12) and Idaho (14) to that in consecutive games... Two weeks ago against North Texas, Utah State did not allow an offensive touchdown for the first time in 41 games (UNT scored on a blocked punt)... USU recorded four sacks against Idaho on Saturday... USU's seven interceptions this year have been made by six different players (Jesse Busta has two).

SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES -- USU leads the Big West in net punting and is ranked 23rd in the nation in that category... USU is 27th in the NCAA in kickoff returns... USU's average starting field position against Idaho was its own 32, while the Vandals started on its own 21... P Steve Mullins has four 60-plus yard punts this season and has 13 50-plus yard punts on the season... Two of Brad Bohn's five missed field goals this year have been from 48 and 52 yards.

USU NOTE-ABLE -- USU played four games this year against teams that received votes in the Associated Press poll at some point in the season... USU has played 58 different players this season, including 13 freshmen, 12 sophomores, 17 juniors and 16 seniors... S Derrek Shank became the 34th different player to start for USU this season against North Texas... Five of USU's starters this year have been freshmen... USU has just six active players that have started at least 10 games in their careers... USU is 26-27-1 in October in the last 15 years... The opponent has scored first in six of seven games this year... USU has led at halftime in just one game this year (led Idaho 17-14 last week).

2000 Season Note-Able

* Utah State's 2000 schedule includes eight teams with winning records in 1999, as well as four schools, which went to bowl games (Arizona State, Brigham Young, Boise State and Utah)... The Aggies will meet teams from the Pac-10 (Arizona State), Big XII (Texas Tech) and Mountain West (Brigham Young and Utah) as well as Southern Utah and Idaho State in non-conference action... The 2000 opponents combined for a 68-57 (.544) record in 1999... USU will end its season with a non-conference game (Idaho State) for the first time since 1990 (Brigham Young)... No USU first-year head coach has had a winning record in his first season at Logan since Phil Krueger went 7-4 in 1973 (six coaches since then). * USU is playing three instate schools in the same season for the first time since 1982 (beat Weber State and BYU and lost to Utah). * USU's starting offensive tackles are the two tallest players in USU history (Jim Newton, 6-10 and Jeff Long, 6-9). In comparison, USU's NCAA-Tournament basketball team in 2000 started a frontline of 6-11, 6-6 and 6-2. * USU head coach Mick Dennehy entered the year 1-2 against division I opponents in his career (beat Oregon in 1996, lost to Wyoming in 1997 and lost to Idaho in 1999 while at Montana). .* USU lost 1999 second-team all-Big West LB Tony Newson before the season to a shoulder injury that never healed properly. * SS Aminifu Johnson, a projected starter at strong safety, tore his ACL in practice before the season opener and is lost for the season. * WR Adam Colbert broke his hand in the final fall scrimmage. * RB coach Craig Dickenson left USU for a position with the San Diego Chargers the week of the season opener. He was quickly replaced by Eric Kiesau (key-saw) a former quarterback under USU offensive coordinator Bob Cole at Portland State. Kiesau was at Oregon, where he was the school's recruiting coordinator. * P Steve Mullins is a candidate for the Ray Guy Award (national punter of the year). * LB Brent Passey is a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award (national defensive player of the year). * The 99 degree kickoff temperature at Texas Tech was the second hottest known kickoff temperature in USU history (103 at Arizona State in 1983). * USU played 54 of the 60 players that traveled to Texas Tech, including 12 freshmen (eight true freshmen). * USU had six different players with receptions in the season opener. Aaron Jones (did not play in last two games last year), David Fiefia (was not in school last fall), Emmett White (fourth and fifth career receptions), Casey Poppinga (redshirted last year), Steve Mullins (punter last year), Joe Solosabal (linebacker last year). * RB Emmett White's 143 yards against Texas Tech was the third-best by an Aggie in his first start at running back in the 1990s (Abu Wilson 157 vs. New Mexico State in 1992 and Demario Brown 166 vs. Boise State in 1996). * FB Joe Solosabal scored a touchdown (five yard reception against Texas Tech) the first time he touched the ball as an Aggie. * USU head coach Mick Dennehy recorded his 50th career victory and his first at Utah State against Southern Utah. * Mick Dennehy's first USU win in USU's second game marked the fastest an Aggie coach has put his name on that side of the ledger since Phil Krueger won in his debut in 1973 (Dennehy is the seventh coach since then). * USU's home crowd of 26,715 against Southern Utah was the eighth largest in school history and the most for a non-Utah or BYU game. * QB Jeff Crosbie suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Sept. 12, tearing a ligament in his throwing hand. He had started 17 consecutive games. * Texas Tech and Arizona State were both receiving votes in the AP poll when USU played against them. * Against Arizona State RB Emmett White became the first Aggie to score a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game since Demario Brown accomplished that feat against Brigham Young in 1997. * QB Jose Fuentes made his first career start against Arizona State. * USU has drawn two 25,000-plus home crowds for the first time since 1996 as the Aggies had 26,715 on hand for Southern Utah and 29,814 for Utah. * USU started three freshmen defensive linemen against Utah (Tapia, Solosabal, Putnam). * USU made back-to-back trips to North Texas (played there in 1999 and this year), marking the first time the Aggies have traveled to the same opponent in consecutive years since playing back-to-back games at Brigham Young in 1991 and 1992. * USU and North Texas played the 1999 conference finale and the conference opener in 2000 marking the first time USU played two straight games against a league opponent since playing New Mexico State in 1991 and 1992. * DE Nick Onaindia was lost for the season due to a "stinger" in his shoulder and he will apply for a medical hardship. * QB Jose Fuentes became the first USU quarterback to score on a reception since Matt Wells vs. New Mexico State in 1994. * PK Brad Bohn became USU's career scoring leader against Idaho. * USU had a 300-yard passer (421 by Jose Fuentes), 200-yard receiver (233 by Aaron Jones), and 100-yard rusher (128 by Emmett White) against Idaho for the first time since 1998 against Sam Houston State.

2001 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED -- Here is a look at Utah State's 2001 football schedule that was released on Oct. 12, 2000:

Date Opponent Series Last Meeting Sept. 1 at Utah 28-68-4 2000 Sept. 8 at Louisiana State 0-1-0 1993 Sept. 15 at Fresno State 9-9-1 1993 Sept. 22 WYOMING 34-20-4 1978 Sept. 29 OREGON 0-2-0 1976 Oct. 5 (Fri.) at Brigham Young 33-38-3 2000 Oct. 13 Bye Oct. 20 IDAHO STATE 9-1-0 2000 Oct. 27 CENTRAL FLORIDA First Meeting Nov. 3 Bye Nov. 10 at Connecticut First Meeting Nov. 17 WEBER STATE 10-1-0 1982 Nov. 24 at South Florida First Meeting

Home games in all caps. Schedule is subject to change.

Weekly Press Conferences

Logan -- Mondays, 11:30 a.m. at the Coppermill Restaurant

Salt Lake City (Big Five Huddle) Tues., Green Street, 11:30 a.m.

USU On The Air

Play-by-Play - Al Lewis Analysis - Chris Tunis KVNU (610 AM) Logan KVFX (94.5 FM), Logan KWLW (700 AM), Salt Lake City Web: www.utahstateaggies.com * Mick Dennehy Radio Show (KVNU), Thursday, 6 p.m. Web: www.utahstateaggies.com * Aggie Update Radio Show (KVNU), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Web: www.utahstateaggies.com

USU On The Web

www.UtahStateAggies.com

Preseason Big West Polls

Big West Coaches Poll 1. Boise State 25 (5) 2. Idaho 18 (1) 3. New Mexico State 18 4. Arkansas State 15 5. North Texas 8 6. UTAH STATE 6

Big West Media Poll 1. Boise State 169 (26) 2. New Mexico State 131 (2) 3. Idaho 124 (1) 4. UTAH STATE 66 5. Arkansas State 63 6. North Texas 53

2000 Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl Big West Champion vs. Western Athletic Conf. selection Boise, Idaho, Dec. 28, 1 p.m.

2000 Big West/NCAA Rankings

Team Big West (NCAA) Total Offense 4th (84th) Rushing Offense 6th (100th) Passing Offense 3rd (33rd) Scoring Offense 4th (84th) Total Defense 5th (104th) Rushing Defense 3rd (84th) Passing Defense 4th (104th) Scoring Defense 2nd (77th) Kickoff Returns 2nd (27th) Punt Returns 4th (69th) Net Punting 1st (23rd) TO Margin 4th (78th)

Individual Big West (NCAA) BRAD BOHN Field Goals 2nd (33rd) Scoring 5th JESSE BUSTA Interceptions 4th DAVID FIEFIA Receptions 9th JOSE FUENTES Total Offense 3rd (29th) Passing 3rd (49th) AARON JONES Receiving Yards 2nd (21st) Receptions 2nd (37th) Scoring 7th All-Purpose 8th STEVE MULLINS Punting 2nd (32nd) EMMETT WHITE All-Purpose 1st (1st) Kickoff Returns 2nd (10th) Rushing 3rd (28th) Punt Returns 3rd Scoring 4th Receptions 6th Receiving Yards 6th Total Offense 8th

2000 Big West Standings

School Conf. Overall UTAH STATE 2-0 3-4 Boise State 1-0 5-2 New Mexico State 1-0 3-4 Idaho 1-1 3-5 North Texas 0-2 1-6 Arkansas State 0-2 0-8

Sat., Oct. 28 Boise State at New Mexico State Arkansas State at Utah State North Texas at La. Lafayette

Sat., Nov. 4 Boise State at Arkansas State Idaho at North Texas Utah State at New Mexico State

Utah State Depth Chart

Offense

LT 79 Jim Newton (6-10, 294, So., 1L) 76 Eric Gwilliam (6-5, 257, Jr., JC)

LG 67 JESS SCHUCK (6-2, 305, Jr., 2L) 52 Ed Powell (6-3, 300, Jr., JC)

OC 53 JUNIOR PUTUTAU (6-1, 300 Sr., 2L) 63 Matt Jenkins (6-3, 306, Sr., 1L)

RG 72 Jim Walker (6-3, 293, Jr., RS) OR 78 Luis Trujillo (6-2, 310, So., RS)

RT 75 Jeff Long (6-9, 309, Sr., 1L) 61 Steve Canidate (6-4, 333, Sr., 1L)

TE 81 Casey Poppinga (6-5, 247, So., RS) 88 Scott Collins (6-6, 243, Jr., RS)

WR 9 AARON JONES (5-11, 180, Sr., 3L) (X) 80 Michael Brignac (6-2, 190, Fr., HS)

WR 39 David Fiefia (5-8, 189, Fr., HS) (H)

WR 5 Marshall Sanders (5-8, 160, Jr., JC) (Y) 12 Steve Mullins (6-4, 226, So., 1L)

WR 15 Chris Stallworth (6-3, 190, Fr., HS) (Z) 3 KY ODAY (6-2, 183, Sr., 1L)

QB 13 Jose Fuentes (6-3, 188, So., SQ) 18 Brian Benza (6-2, 205, Sr., 1L)

TB 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L) 31 John Roberts (5-9, 195, Jr., 2L)

FB 31 John Roberts (5-9, 195, Jr., 2L) OR 86 J.R. Suguturaga (6-3, 220, Jr., JC) 41 Joe Solosabal (5-11, 221, Jr., 2L)

Defense

LE 96 Ryan Duncan (6-2, 245, Jr., 2L) 64 Tyler Olsen (6-1, 220, So., SQ)

LT 92 Nate Larsen (6-3, 265, Sr., 3L) 90 Jared Solosabal (6-1, 246, Fr., RS)

RT 73 Jorge Tapia (6-2, 277, Fr., RS) 98 Liua Fonua (6-1, 306, So., SQ)

RE 91 Nate Putnam (6-7, 224, Fr., HS) 64 Tyler Olsen (6-1, 220, So., SQ)

Hero 44 BRENT PASSEY (6-1, 227, Sr., 3L) 40 Justin Oswald (5-8, 206, Sr., 1L)

Mike 42 Cade Smith (6-4, 232, Sr., 2L) 56 Jesse Busta (6-2, 232, So., 1L)

Mac 47 BLAKE EAGAL (6-2, 231, Sr., 3L) 21 Nathan Barber (6-2, 220, Jr., JC)

LC 10 Adebola Jimoh (6-1, 185, So., 1L) 29 Shaun Healy (5-7, 167, Sr., 1L)

SS 4 Jamar Glasper (6-0, 189, So., 1L) 21 Nathan Barber (6-2, 220, Jr., JC)

FS 25 Derrek Shank (5-10, 182, Fr., HS) 11 Scott Goss (6-2, 195, Jr., JC)

RC 1 TONY WALKER (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L) 29 Shaun Healy (5-7, 167, Sr., 1L)

Special Teams

P 12 STEVE MULLINS (6-4, 226, So., 1L) 18 Brian Benza (6-2, 205, Sr., 1L)

PK 26 BRAD BOHN (5-7, 178, Sr., 3L) 87 Dane Kidman (5-10, 178, So., SQ)

H 18 Brian Benza (6-2, 205, Sr., 1L) 39 David Fiefia (5-8, 189, Fr., HS)

LS 96 Ryan Duncan (6-2, 245, Jr., 2L) 50 K.C. Littlewood (6-2, 272, Fr., RS)

SS 53 Junior Pututau (6-1, 300, Sr., 2L) 50 K.C. Littlewood (6-2, 272, Fr., RS)

PR 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L) 1 Tony Walker (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L)

KOR 1 Tony Walker (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L) 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L)

1999 Starters in ALL CAPS 1L = one varsity letter, HS= High School experience, JC=Junior College, RS= Redshirt, SQ=Squad, TR=Transfer

 

 

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