Weekly Football Release (11-12-00)
Nov. 12, 2000
Nov. 12, 2000
Game #11 vs. Idaho State Sat., Nov. 18, 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 ISU SID: Frank Mercogliano (208) 282-2621
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2000 Utah State (5-5, 4-1) 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 ARK. ST.* W 44-31 Nov. 4 at N.M. State* W 44-37 Nov. 11 at Boise State* L 38-66 Nov. 18 IDAHO STATE 3:05 (All times are Mountain)
2000 Idaho State (5-5, 4-4) Sept. 9 MONT. TECH W 58-10 Sept. 16 at E. Wash. L 7-38 Sept. 23 CS SAC. W 41-39 Sept. 30 at CS North. W 31-30 Oct. 7 NO. ARIZ. W 28-21 Oct. 14 at Portland St. L 21-59 Oct. 21 SO. UTAH L 24-62 Oct. 28 WEBER ST. L 13-16 Nov. 4 at Montana L 21-38 Nov. 11 MONT. ST. W 58-14 Nov. 18 at Utah State
QUICKLY -- Utah State (5-5, 4-1) closes its season with a home game against Idaho State (5-5, 4-4) Saturday at 3:05 p.m... USU is finishing a regular season with a non-conference game for the first time since playing at Brigham Young to end the 1990 campaign... USU is looking for its first winning regular season since 1997 when the Aggies were 6-5 (finished the year officially 6-6 with a Humanitarian Bowl loss)... Mick Dennehy needs one win to become fhe first Aggie head coach to record a winning record in his first season since 1973 (he is the seventh coach since Phil Krueger went 7-4 that year)... USU needs 14,328 fans to record 100,000 at home for the season for just the second time in school history (more on this later)... USU is 3-1 at home this season and has not won four home games since 1996 (4-2)... The last time USU won four times while playing just five home games was 1990 (4-1).
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried on the Aggie Radio Network with Al "North To Alaska" Lewis handling the play-by-play chores and Chris "You can tune a piano, but you can't" Tunis providing analysis. However, due to Lewis being in Alaska with the Aggie basketball team, Eric "The Little O" Olsen will provide commentary this week, while Tunis moves into the play-by-play role. 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.
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 -- Jose Fuentes threw for 509 yards (second most in USU history) and Aaron Jones had 297 receiving yards (10th most in NCAA history) as the Aggies fell 66-38 at Boise State on Saturday. Both teams scored on their first two possessions in a wild affair which resulted in 104 combined points (the highest scoring USU game since the Aggies beat BYU 58-56 in 1993) and 1,236 combined yards of total offense. Boise State led 17-10 at the end of the first quarter and extended that advantage to 37-17 at halftime. After USU cut the margin to 37-24 in the first minute of the second half, BSU built its lead up to 52-24 en route to the victory. USU committed a season-high 13 penalties for 116 yards and had the ball just 24:13. USU gained 595 yards, but saw BSU pick up 641 yards in the game. Emmett White was limited to 76 rushing yards on 18 carries.
SURPRISE TEAM? -- Utah State was picked to finish last in the league race by the coaches (the media tabbed the Aggies fourth) in the preseason, but the Aggies played for the Big West Conference championship last week against Boise State.
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 .875 0-1 in playoffs 2000 Utah State 5-5 .500 4-1 .800 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.) 5-5 .500 4-1 .800 50th career win Totals (8th year) 54-30 .643 37-18 .673 3-4 in playoffs
THE USU-ISU SERIES -- Utah State leads the all-time series by an 8-1 count, including a 6-0 mark in games played in Logan. The teams first met in 1919 when USU posted, what is still a school record 136 points en route to a 136-0 win. USU won the last meeting 41-7 at Logan in 1997 after the schools had gone 15 years without facing one another. ISU's only win in the series was a 50-24 victory at Pocatello in 1981. Mick Dennehy is 4-0 against ISU with all four matchups coming while he was at Montana. Dennehy's Grizzlies defeated ISU 43-19 in 1996, 48-0 in 1997, 40-13 in 1998, and 73-23 in 1999.
USU-ISU LAST TIME -- Melvin Blue rushed for 135 yards while filling in for an injured Demario Brown and Nakia Jenkins caught 13 passes for 153 yards to lead Utah State to a 41-7 win in 1997. The Aggies passed for 295 yards and rushed for 232, while limiting the Bengals to just 111 total yards (73 came on ISU's final possession). Current Aggie Brian Benza was three-of-three passing for 69 yards in the game.
USU-ISU CONNECTIONS -- USU has three players on its roster from the state of Idaho in Joe and Jared Solosabal (Glenns Ferry) and Jim Walker (Rigby)... Former Aggie standout and athletic director Dave Kragthorpe coached Idaho State to a national football championship in 1981 (ISU defeated Utah State that year 50-24).
SENIOR DAY -- Utah State will recognize its 14 seniors playing their final collegiate game on Saturday. USU has six fifth-year seniors in QB Brian Benza, PK Brad Bohn, LB Blake Eagal, OL Matt Jenkins, WR Aaron Jones, and LB Brent Passey. Three seniors are junior college transfers in OL Steve Canidate, CB Shaun Healy, and LB Justin Oswald, while five others transferred from other schools in DT Nate Larsen, OT Jeff Long, WR Ky Oday, OC Junior Pututau, and LB Cade Smith. Two USU seniors were injured this season and will return next year in LB Tony Newson and DE Nick Onaindia.
DID YOU KNOW? -- Utah State has closed its season with a win in each of the last two years as well as in seven of the last nine years.
USU COACHES IN FIRST YEAR -- Here is a look at how USU coaches have fared in their first year at USU since Dick Romney coached the Aggies from 1919-48:
Coach First Year Overall Conf. Dick Romney 1919 5-2 N/A George Melinkovich 1949 3-7 1-3/5th John Roning 1951 3-5-1 2-4-1/6th Ev Faunce 1955 4-6 3-4/5th John Ralston 1959 5-6 2-5/t5th Tony Knap 1963 8-2 N/A Chuck Mills 1967 7-2-1 N/A Phil Krueger 1973 7-4 N/A Bruce Snyder 1976 3-8 N/A Chris Pella 1983 5-6 3-3/t3rd Chuck Shelton 1986 3-8 3-4/t4th Charlie Weatherbie 1992 5-6 4-2/t2nd John L. Smith 1995 4-7 4-2/t2nd Dave Arslanian 1998 3-8 2-3/t4th Mick Dennehy 2000 5-5 4-1/t1st or 2nd
BIG GAMES -- This year several Aggies have had some of the most productive games in the NCAA this year. Here is a look:
Best Rushing Yards Games 1. Emmett White vs. New Mexico State (322 yards) 2nd best in Big West history 45. Emmett White vs. Arkansas State (202 yards)
Best All-Purpose Yards Games 1. Emmett White vs. New Mexico State (578 yards) NCAA Record 9. Aaron Jones vs. Boise State (297 yards) 12. Emmett White vs. Arkansas State (289 yards) 18. Emmett White vs. Brigham young (277 yards) 49. Emmett White vs. North Texas (238 yards) 50. Emmett White vs. Arizona State (237 yards)
Best Passing Efficiency Games 2. Jose Fuentes vs. Southern Utah (306.4 rating)
Best Kickoff Return Yards Games 40. Emmett White vs. Brigham Young (124 yards) 47. Emmett White vs. New Mexico State (120 yards)
Best Scoring Games 6. Emmett White vs. New Mexico State (24 points)
NOTE: See NCAA record and Big West record book list on page seven of this release for more information.
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. 138, UTAH STATE
Conference Wins 1. 100, San Jose State (100-45-4) 2. 82, UTAH STATE (82-54-2) 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 82-54-2 UTAH STATE (23rd year) 22-83-0, New Mexico State (17th year) 16-9-0, Idaho (5th year) 15-10-0, Boise State (5th year) 9-16-0, North Texas (5th year) 8-21-0, Arkansas State (5th year)
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (There is no crying in Big West Football) -- 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 4-1 in league action.
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 JONES/FUENTES Brent Passey STEVE MULLINS Arkansas State E. WHITE Blake Eagal BRAD BOHN New Mexico State E. WHITE Jamar Glasper Tony Walker
BOHN AND EAGAL NAMED TO ACADEMIC TEAM -- Last week Utah State's Brad Bohn and Blake Eagal were both named to the academic all-district team for the second straight year. Both will be nominated for academic All-America honors as well.
STATS DON'T LIE (or they would write a country song about them) -- Utah State has had a lot of individual success, which has led to team success this year. Here is a look at where some Aggies rank in the NCAA statistics this week:
Emmett White Aaron Jones Jose Fuentes 1. All Purpose 5. Receiving Yards 13. Total Offense 11. Rushing 19. Receptions 45. Passing Efficiency 20. Scoring Brad Bohn Steve Mullins 15. Field Goals 33. Punting
OFFENSE ROLLING -- Utah State's offense has absolutely exploded in the last four weeks as after averaging 287.5 yards and 18.5 points in the first six games of the year, the Aggies have averaged 566.5 yards and 39.3 points in the last four contests. Here is a quick look at USU's offensive efforts in the last four weeks:
vs. Idaho * 569 yards of total offense was the eighth best in school history (now 10th). * 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 (now fifth). * WR Aaron Jones' 233 receiving yards were the third most in school history (now fourth).
vs. Arkansas State * 236 rushing yards were a season best by 80 yards (now second best). * 483 total yards were second best this season (now third). * 44 points were most against a division I opponent since scoring 48 at North Texas in 1997 season finale (lost that UNT game 51-48). * RB Emmett White produced the 21st 200-yard rushing game in USU history.
vs. New Mexico State * USU's 619 yards of total offense was the sixth-best day in USU history. * RB Emmett White set a school record and rushed for the second-most yards in Big West history with 322 yards. * White became the first player in USU history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. He also became the first running back to record 100 yards receiving in a game as well. * QB Jose Fuentes threw for 297 yards, his second best day this year.
vs. Boise State * USU's 595 yards were the seventh most in school history. * USU's 509 passing yards were second most in school history. * WR Aaron Jones 297 receiving yards were a school record, third most in Big West history, the best by anyone in the country this year and the 10th best day in NCAA history. His 29.7 yards per catch was a Big West record as well. * QB Jose Fuentes' 509 passing yards were the second most in USU history.
Four Weeks * Three of the top 10 all-time yardage games in school history have come in the last four weeks. * USU has averaged 566.5 yards of offense in the last two games (287.5 in first six games). * USU has averaged 39.5 points in the last four games (18.5 in first six games). * USU has scored 30-plus points in four straight games for the first time since 1990. TRIPLETS (but their mothers can tell them apart) -- Utah State boasts a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same season for the first time since 1995 when Patrick Mullins threw for 2,774, Abu Wilson rushed for 1,476 and Kevin Alexander had 1,400 yards in receptions. This year, Jose Fuentes has thrown for 2,500 yards, Emmett White has rushed for 1,266 yards and Aaron Jones has 1,067 receiving yards.
QUICK STARTS -- Utah State has started 36 different players this season. Among that group are 10 seniors, 12 juniors, eight sophomores and six freshmen. Only four Aggies have started at least 10 straight games and only 11 players have started all nine games this season.
SHARING (and why can't my kids do more of that?) -- Utah State has had a lot of players touch the ball this season as seven different Aggies have thrown a pass, 15 have receptions, 12 have a rush, 10 have scored and six have interceptions (only one Aggie has punted).
JUST PLAY 45 (and let's go home) -- Fourth quarters in Utah State games this season have not really been necessary as in each of the previous 10 games, the team that was winning after three quarters has gone on to victory.
THREE AND THREE (and then my math isn't so good) -- Utah State is playing three games from schools from the same state twice this season with three games against Utah schools (Southern Utah, Utah and Brigham Young) and against Idaho schools (Idaho, Boise State and Idaho State). USU went 1-2 against the schools from Utah and is presently 1-1 against schools from the Gem State.
OFFENSIVE NOTES -- USU did not have a turnover against Boise State for the first time in 12 games... USU has had two or fewer turnovers in six straight games (seven total turnovers in that time)... USU has scored 30-plus points in four straight games for the first time since 1990 and the Aggies have not reached 30-plus in five straight since 1965... USU's 17 passing touchdowns matches the most USU has had in the last seven seasons (also had 17 in 1997)... USU ranks 19th in the NCAA in passing offense.
DEFENSIVE NOTES -- USU's defense has not allowed any points off the last four turnovers by the Aggie offense and in fact has allowed just one touchdown after the last six turnovers... Boise State's 66 points were the second most scored against USU in history (72 by Oklahoma in 1974).
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES -- Utah State had two punts blocked against Boise State and has had three rejected this season... USU ranks first in the Big West and 34th in the NCAA in net punting.
USU NOTE-ABLE -- USU was whistled for a season-high 13 penalties against Boise State on Saturday (had averaged just 6.4 in first nine games)... USU's last four games of the season are against schools with "State" in their names... 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... USU has just six active players that have started at least 11 games in their careers.
SUPPORTING THE AGGIES -- Through four home games (and with one remaining) Utah State has drawn 85,672 fans for an average of 21,418 per game. USU needs to draw 14,328 against Idaho State on Nov. 18 to reach the 100,000 plateau for just the second time in school history (USU had 129,206 in six games in 1996 - an average of 21,534). USU's current average of 21,418 per game is second only to that 1996 figure of 21,534.
2000 Utah State 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.
A LOOK AT EMMETT WHITE
Utah State junior running back Emmett White established an NCAA record for all-purpose yardage in a single game with 578 yards against New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000. Here is a look at White and his record-setting day and where he ranks statistically in the NCAA and in the record books.
* NCAA record for single-game all-purpose yards (578), shattering the old mark of 435 yards by Brian Pruitt of Central Michigan against Toledo in 1994 by 143 yards.
NCAA All-Purpose Single-Game Highs 1. 578, EMMETT WHITE vs. New Mexico St., 2000 2. 435, Brian Pruitt, Central Michigan vs. Toledo, 1994 3. 429, Moe Williams, Kentucky vs. S. Carolina, 1999
White's Day In Chronological Order (R=Rush, P=Pass Reception, K=Kickoff Return, PR=Punt Ret., *=First Down, TD=Touchdown, /=end of possession)
1st Quarter R21*, P15*, R13*, P22*/K30, R12*, R16*, R5*, R6* (TD)/P10*, R8/ 2nd Quarter K45, R-3/R29*, R9, R8*, R18, R10*, R5/R3, P7*, P17*/ 3rd Quarter K13/K32, P11*, R-1, R1/PR2, R43*, R17*, R5, R3 (TD)/ 4th Quarter R4, R-2, R42* (TD)/R0/R10*, R17*, R5, R3, R2*, R4, R4/P52*, R9 (TD)
Breakdown Rushing 34-322, 4 TD Receiving 7-134 Kickoff Returns 4-120 Punt Returns 1-2 Totals 46-578, 4 TD
* 41 plays from scrimmage * 22 First Downs * 4 Touchdowns * 12 runs of 10-plus yards, including four 20-plus * Six receptions of 10-plus yards, including two 20-plus
"I am running out of adjectives to describe this kid. He does the type of things that amaze you and leave you with your mouth open. He has a great attitude and it carries onto the team. It was really neat to be a part of him breaking the all-purpose yardage record." -- Utah State Head Coach Mick Dennehy.
* Set a Utah State school record with 322 yards rushing, the 29th best rushing day in NCAA history. It was also tied for the second best rushing day in Big West Conference history behind Mike Pringle of Cal State Fullerton's 357 yards against New Mexico State in 1989 (also on Nov. 4).
Big West Rushing Highs 1. 357, Mike Pringle, CS Fullerton vs. N.M. State, 1989 2. 322, EMMETT WHITE vs. New Mexico State, 2000 2. 322, LeShon Johnson, No. Illinois vs. So. Illinois, 1993
* His 322 yards rushing marked the second 300-yard rushing game this year in the NCAA.
* His current 250.1 all-purpose yards per game average is on pace for the second-best average in NCAA history as Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State averaged 295.5 in 1988.
NCAA All-Purpose Yards Per Game Average 1. 295.5, Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1988 *2. 250.1, EMMETT WHITE, UTAH STATE, 2000 3. 249.6, Ryan Benjamin, Pacific, 1991 * Current average through nine games
* Had a career-high 134 receiving yards on seven receptions to mark the first time in Utah State history a player had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game.
* Became the first USU running back with 100 yards receiving in a game as well.
* Through 10 games has produced 1,266 rushing yards to rank sixth on the USU season rushing list.
* Already owns school record for season all-purpose yards with 2,501 as Louie Giammona had old mark with 2,045 when he led the nation in 1975. His current 2,501 ranks ninth in NCAA history with one game remaining.
* Is one of just four players in the top 50 of the NCAA all-Purpose Yardage list this season with at least 100 yards in each of the four categories that make up all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns). The others are J.J. Moses of Iowa State, Deuce McCallister of Mississippi and Domanick Davis of LSU.
NCAA Statistical Rankings (as of Nov. 12) 1st in All-Purpose 11th in Rushing 20th in Scoring
NCAA All-Purpose Leaders (as of Nov. 5) 1. 250.1, EMMETT WHITE, UTAH STATE 2. 190.1, LaDainian Tomlinson, Texas Christian 3. 190.1, Robert Kilow, Arkansas State
NCAA Rushing Leaders (as of Nov. 12) 1. 186.6, LaDanian Tomlinson, TCU 2. 173.5, Damien Anderson, Northwestern 3. 168.9, Deonce Whitaker, San Jose State 4. 149.1, Anthony Thomas, Michigan 5. 139.0, Rudi Johnson, Auburn 6. 138.0, Michael Bennett, Wisconsin 7. 136.3, Robert Sanford, Western Michigan 8. 136.1, Ken Simonton, Oregon State 9. 133.6, Chester Taylor, Toledo 10. 126.9, Dwone Hicks, Middle Tennessee State 11. 126.6, EMMETT WHITE, UTAH STATE ? * Ranks in the top six of the Big West Conference in eight different statistical categories (1st in rushing and all-purpose, second in scoring, fourth in kickoff returns, punt returns and receptions, fifth in receiving yards and sixth total offense).
* Ranks second in the NCAA in receptions per game by a running back.
* Utah State has had 14 individual NCAA statistical leaders in its history, including four all-purpose leaders. No Aggie has led the nation in a statistical category since Louie Giammona led the country in all-purpose yardage in 1975.
2000 * USAToday.com Big West Player-of-the-Week vs. North Texas, Arkansas State and New Mexico State. * Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week vs. Arkansas State (shared) and vs. New Mexico State.
1999 * First-team all-Big West kick return specialist.
* Utah State was picked to finish last in the six-team Big West Conference by the coaches and fourth by the media in the preseason, but will tie for first or place second depding on the outcome of the Idaho at Boise State game on Saturday.
Emmett White Game-By-Game All-Purpose Yardage The Nation's Leader
Opponent Rush. Rec. PR KOR Total at Texas Tech 20-143 2-8 2-21 0-0 24-172 Southern Utah 10-25 2-5 4-28 1-46 17-104 at Arizona State 22-113 2-85 1-0 2-39 27-237 Utah 15-43 7-80 1-2 1-12 24-137 at Brigham Young 19-61 6-40 3-52 4-124 32-277 at North Texas 32-153 4-53 5-32 0-0 41-238 Idaho 29-128 2-84 1-5 2-45 34-262 Arkansas State 26-202 5-41 1-21 2-25 34-289 at New Mexico State 34-322 7-134 1-2 4-120 46-578 at Boise State 18-76 5-45 2-20 4-66 29-207 Totals 225-1266 42-575 21-183 20-477 308-2501 Average 126.6 57.5 18.3 47.7 250.1
Weekly Press Conferences
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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 (40th) Rushing Offense 5th (77th) Passing Offense 3rd (19th) Scoring Offense 4th (55th) Total Defense 5th (111th) Rushing Defense 4th (93rd) Passing Defense 5th (108th) Scoring Defense 5th (98th) Kickoff Returns 3rd (52nd) Punt Returns 4th (63rd) Net Punting 1st (34th) TO Margin 4th (71st)
Individual Big West (NCAA) BRAD BOHN Field Goals 2bd (15th) Scoring 5th JESSE BUSTA Interceptions 5th BLAKE EAGAL Interceptions 5th JOSE FUENTES Total Offense 3rd (13th) Passing Efficiency 3rd (45th) AARON JONES Receiving Yards 1st (5th) Receptions 2nd (19th) All-Purpose 6th Scoring 7th STEVE MULLINS Punting 2nd (33rd) EMMETT WHITE All-Purpose 1st (1st) Rushing 1st (11th) Scoring 2nd (20th) Kickoff Returns 4th Punt Returns 4th Receptions 4th Receiving Yards 5th Total Offense 6th
2000 Big West Standings
School Conf. Overall Boise State 4-0 7-2 Idaho 3-1 5-5 UTAH STATE 4-1 5-5 New Mexico State 1-3 3-7 Arkansas State 1-4 1-10 North Texas 0-4 2-8
Sat., Nov. 18 New Mexico State at North Texas Idaho at Boise State Idaho State at Utah State
Thur., Dec. 28 Humanitarian Bowl at Boise, Idaho
NCAA Record Book
Game Receiving Yards 10. 297, Aaron Jones vs. Boise State
Game All-Purpose Yards 1. 578, Emmett White vs. New Mexico State
Season All-Purpose Yards Game 2. 250.1, Emmet White
Season All-Purpose Yards 9. 2501, Emmett White
Career Field Goals Made 39. 58, Brad Bohn
Big West Record Book
Rushing Yards 2. 322, Emmett White vs. New Mexico State
All-Purpose Yards 1. 578, Emmett White vs. New Mexico State
Receiving Yards per Reception 1. 29.7, Aaron Jones vs. Boise State
Receiving Yards 3. 297, Aaron Jones vs. Boise State
All-Purpose Average 1. 250.1, Emmett White
All-Purpose Yards 5. 2,501, Emmett White
Scoring 4. 278, Brad Bohn
Field Goals Made 2. 58, Brad Bohn
PAT Made 6. 104, Brad Bohn
UTAH STATE RECORD BOOK LOOK
Rushing Yards 8. Maurice Turner 1549 (needs 176) 9. Roy Shivers 1468 (needs 95) 10. John Strycula 1412 (needs 39) NR Emmett White 1374
Receptions 3. Rod Moore 153 (needs 12) 4. Kevin Alexander 149 (needs 8) 5. Pat Newman 145 (needs 4) 6. Aaron Jones 142
Receiving Yards 1. Kendal Smith 2943 (needs 702) 2. Nakia Jenkins 2483 (needs 242) 3. Rod Moore 2422 (needs 181) 4. Aaron Jones 2242
Touchdown Receptions 1. Kendal Smith 25 (needs 6) 2. Tracy Jenkins 22 (needs 3) 3. Aaron Jones 20
Scoring 1. Brad Bohn 278 2. Tom Larscheid 248
Touchdowns 6. Tracy Jenkins 22 (needs 3) 7. Two with 21 (needs 2) 9. Aaron Jones 20
Field Goals Made 1. Brad Bohn 58 2. Micah Knorr 39
Field Goals Attempted 1. Brad Bohn 88 2. Micah Knorr 62
Field Goal Percentage 5. Dene Garner .660 6. Brad Bohn .659
Extra Points Made 1. Brad Bohn 104 2. Steve Steinke 90
Extra Points Attempted 1. Brad Bohn 116 2. Steve Steinke 95
Extra Point Percentage 7. Tom Mayes .925 8. Brad Bohn .897
Tackles 1. Del Lyles 446 (needs 87) 2. David Gill 425 (needs 66) 3. Brent Passey 360 ---------------------------------- 9. James Jenkins 311 (needs 19) 10. Tony D'Amato 294 (needs 2) NR Blake Eagal 293 (totals are before Boise State)
Rushing Yards 1. Demario Brown 1536 (needs 271) 2. Louie Giammona 1534 (needs 269) 3. Abu Wilson 1476 (needs 211) 4. Louie Giammona 1454 (needs 189) 5. Roger Grant 1370 (needs 105) 6. Emmett White 1266
Rushing Touchdowns 1. Abu Wilson 16 (needs 4) 2. Two with 15 (needs 3) 4. Three with 14 (needs 2) 8. Emmett White 13
Passing Yards 5. Tony Adams 2797 (needs 298) 6. Patrick Mullins 2774 (needs 275) 7. Jose Fuentes 2500
Passing Completions 6. Anthony Calvillo 201 (needs 23) 7. Matt Sauk 190 (needs 12) 8. Bob Gagliano 184 (needs 6) 9. Jose Fuentes 179
Completion Percentage 7. Patrick Mullins .546 8. Jose Fuentes .539
Total Offense 5. Brent Snyder 2774 (needs 356) 6. Patrick Mullins 2678 (needs 260) 7. Anthony Calvillo 2578 (needs 160) 8. Matt Sauk 2568 (needs 150) 9. Jose Fuentes 2419
Receptions 5.Mike Lee 70 (needs 11 6. Kendal Smith 67 (needs 8) 7. James Murphy 66 (needs 7) 8. Kendal Smith 65 (needs 6) 9. James Murphy 63 (needs 4) 10. Aaron Jones 60 Receiving Yards 2. Nakia Jenkins 1397 (needs 331) 3. Kendal Smith 1196 (needs 130) 4. Tom Forzani 1169 (needs 103) 5. Nakia Jenkins 1086 (needs 20) 6. Mike O'Shea 1077 (needs 11) 7. Aaron Jones 1067
Receiving Touchdowns 1. Tracy Jenkins 14 2. Three with 11 5. Aaron Jones 10
Touchdowns 1. Abu Wilson 16 (needs 2) 1. Roy Shivers 16 (needs 2) 3. Emmett White 15
Field Goals Made 7. Micah Knorr 15 (needs 3) 8. Doug Beach 14 (needs 2) 9. Brad Bohn 13
Field Goals Attempted 8. Two with 20 (needs 2) 10. Brad Bohn 19
All-Purpose Yards 1. Emmett White 2501
Rushing Yards 1. Emmett White vs. New Mexico St. 322 22. Emmett White vs. Arkansas State 202
All Purpose Yards 1. Emmett White vs. New Mexico St. 578
Passing yards Per Completion 1. Jose Fuentes vs. Boise State 20.4
Passing 21. Jose Fuentes to Emmett White vs. Idaho 74
Other Pass attempts without an interception 1. Jose Fuentes 184 (present)
USU All-Big West Candidates
Coach of the Year Mick Dennehy
Big West Player of the Week
Offense Aaron Jones vs. Southern Utah Emmett White vs. Arkansas State Emmett White vs. N.M. State
Defense Brent Passey vs. Utah
USA Today.com Big West Player of the Week Emmett White vs. North Texas Jose Fuentes vs. Idaho Emmett White vs. Arkansas State Emmett White vs. New Mexico State
Ray Guy Watch List Steve Mullins
Bronko Nagurski Watch List Brent Passey
UTAH STATE DEPTH CHART
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)
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 15 Chris Stallworth (6-3, 190, Fr., HS) (Z) 3 KY ODAY (6-2, 183, Sr., 1L)
TB 32 Emmett White (5-11, 199, Jr., 2L) 31 John Roberts (5-9, 195, Jr., 2L)
Hero 44 BRENT PASSEY (6-1, 227, Sr., 3L) 40 Justin Oswald (5-8, 206, Sr., 1L)
Mac 47 BLAKE EAGAL (6-2, 231, Sr., 3L) 45 Scott Hunt (6-4, 217, Fr., RS)
RC 1 TONY WALKER (5-11, 183, Jr., 2L) 29 Shaun Healy (5-7, 167, Sr., 1L)
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)
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