Comeback Aggies Look To Continue Winning Ways Saturday At Idaho
Nov. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
UTAH STATE at IDAHO Saturday, Nov. 19 - 3 p.m. (MT) ESPN-Regional / Altitude Kibbie Dome (15,000) Moscow, Idaho
QUICKLY -- For the second season in a row, Utah State (4-5, 2-2 WAC) takes a two-game win streak into its meeting with Idaho (2-8, 1-4 WAC) when the Aggies take on the Vandals on Saturday, Nov. 19... The USU-UI battle from Idaho's Kibbie Dome (15,000) is slated for 3 p.m. (MT)... The Aggies-Vandals match-up will be televised on ESPN Regional, airing regionally on Altitude (Comcast Ch 61/Direct TV Ch 681/Dish Network Ch 410), with the "Trey and Jay Show" calling the action, as Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties with Jay Taylor providing analysis... It is the fourth time this season that Bender and Taylor have been the talent crew for a USU game, joining Weber State (ESPN3.com), along with Fresno State and Louisiana Tech (both ESPN Regional) games.
SATURDAY'S STORYLINES -- Things to watch for in Saturday's clash between the Aggies and Vandals:
FOLLOWING THE GAME AND THE AGGIES
ON TV -- Saturday's Aggies-Vandals match-up will be televised on ESPN Regional, airing regionally on Altitude (Comcast Ch 61/Direct TV Ch 681/Dish Network Ch 410), with the "Trey and Jay Show" calling the action, as Trey Bender will handle play-by-play duties with Jay Taylor providing analysis... It is the fourth time this season that Bender and Taylor have been the talent crew for a USU game, joining Weber State (ESPN3.com), along with Fresno State and Louisiana Tech (both ESPN Regional) games.
ON THE AIR -- All Utah State football games are carried live on the Aggie Sports Network: KVNU 610 AM, KVNU 102.1 FM (Cache Valley) and KLZX 95.9 FM in Logan; KZNS (97.5 FM only) in Salt Lake City; on KLZX 105.3 FM in Montpelier, Idaho... All Aggie football games are also on the Internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com by clicking on "Listen Live"... Legendary radio voice Al "Poi Boi" Lewis will handle the play-by-play duties, while former Aggie QB great John "The Greek Rifle" Pappas will be providing analysis, filling in for former Aggie SID Craig "I Eat Hawaiian Style" Hislop, who will be doing the USU WBB broadcast on the road this weekend when the Aggies take on the Anteaters of UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif, where there will also be three Irvings in attendance, in USU Asst. SID Kara Irving Fisher along with her parents, Jim and Deanna Irving.
ON THE INTERNET -- USU home football games are also streamed on the Internet through "Aggies All Access," by clicking on the "Live Aggies Video" link on the home page of www.UtahStateAggies.com... Fans can register and purchase month or season packages to watch.
GAMETRACKER -- Fans can follow all USU Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
COACHES SHOW ON THE ROAD -- The Gary Andersen radio show will rotate between The Copper Mill and Elements Restaurant on Thursday nights (6:05-7 p.m. on 610 AM KVNU) when the Aggies play on Saturday, with some exceptions, including the BYU and Hawai'i weeks, as well as Thanksgiving week when there will not be a show... The show gives USU fans an opportunity to ask questions and interact with Coach Andersen and players.
Upcoming Coaches Shows: Nov. 17 at Elements / Dec. 1 at Copper Mill
UP NEXT -- USU will give thanks, eat some turkey, then host Nevada in the Aggies' home finale Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, Nov. 26... Kickoff for USU's Senior Day game is slated for 1 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.
UTAH STATE NOTE-ABLES
Only three of USU's 12 games will be played on natural grass this year: at Auburn, at BYU and at New Mexico State.
Seven of USU's 12 games are at night.
Senior LB Bobby Wagner is a candidate for the:
Junior RB Robert Turbin is a candidate for the:
Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is a candidate for the:
Sophomore OC Tyler Larsen is a candidate for the:
Senior WR Eric Moats is a candidate for the:
ABOUT USU -- Utah State has won back-to-back come-from-behind wins and is 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the WAC... The Aggies rallied from down double-digits for the second game in a row and scored the game-winner in the final minute for the second-straight time with a wild, 34-33 win over San Jose State Saturday, after being down 33-21 midway through the fourth quarter... Junior QB Adam Kennedy threw a pair of late fourth quarter touchdowns rallying Utah State to a come-from-behind victory for the second time in as many weeks... Kennedy finished the game with USU season-high 255 passing yards and two touchdowns as he was 21-for-27 with one interception... Junior RB Robert Turbin added 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries giving him 1,049 yards on the season marking the 15th time in school history that a USU player has hit the century mark in a single-season and just the fifth to do it twice in a career... Senior LB Bobby Wagner also had a milestone game for Utah State as he finished with 12 tackles for his 21st-career double-digit tackle game giving him 407 career stops to rank third all-time in school history and fourth all-time in the WAC.
On the season, USU averages 458.2 ypg total offense, gaining 269.9 ypg rushing and 188.3 ypg passing... Overall, USU has 2,429 yards rushing with 29 rushing TD's, while passing for 1,695 yards with 15 TD's and three INT's... The Aggie defense yields just 341.0 ypg, including 114.6 ypg rushing and 226.4 ypg passing... USU averages 35.6 ppg while allowing 28.8 ppg.
Kennedy is now 33-of-44 (.750) for 464 yards on the season with four TD's and one INT... Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton is 106-of-174 (.609) for 1,200 yards with 11 TD's and two INT's... Turbin has gained his 1,049 yards off 162 carries (6.5 ypc/116.66 ypg)... Junior WR Matt Austin leads the team with 24 receptions for 346 yards (38.4 ypg/14.4 ypc) with three TD's... Senior LB Bobby Wagner anchors the USU defense with 108 total tackles (12.0 pg) with eight TFL's... Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallager adds 67 stops (7.4 pg)... Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan has a team-best 8.5 tackles for loss with 5.5 sacks... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams has a 22.4 kick return average and a 14.0 punt return average, part of his 128.6 ypg all-purpose... Junior P Tyler Bennett has a 45.0 ypp average with 11 of 50+ and a long of 67 yards, as well as 14 punts inside the 20... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is 5-of-8 on FG's with a long of 43, and is 41-of-42 on PAT's.
ABOUT IDAHO -- The Vandals are 2-8 overall and have a 1-4 WAC ledger... In its last action, Idaho lost in a non-conference game at BYU, 42-7, struggling on offense with only 241 total yards and committing a season-high 11 penalties... The Vandals lone score of the game came late in the third quarter with an 82-yard TD run by senior RB Princeton McCarty, part of his 127 yards in the game... Sophomore starting QB Taylor Davis was 5-of-12 for -6 yards and had one INT, being relieved by senior QB Brian Reader who was 6-of-9 for 56 yards and also had one INT... Senior LB Tre`Shawn Robinson led the Vandal defense with 10 tackles, while four other UI defenders had seven stops apiece.
Idaho averages 282.2 ypg of total offnese, with 180.6 ypg passing and 105.6 ypg rushing, scoring an average of 19.8 ppg... The Vandal defense allows 416.3 ypg with 279.6 ypg passing and 136.7 ypg rushing, yielding 29.4 ppg.
Reader is 154-of-288 (.535) passing for 1,554 yards with nine TD's and nine INT's... Davis is 26-of-53 (.491) for 201 yards with one TD and three INT's... McCarty has 133 carries for 621 yards (4.7 ypc/62/1 ypg) with three TD's... Junior WR Mike Scott has 45 catches for 568 yards (12.6 ypc/63.1 ypg) with one TD... Robinson anchors the Idaho defense with 88 tackles (8.8 pg) while junior FS Gary Walker has 86 stops (8.6 pg)... Senior LB Korey Toomer has a team-leading 8.5 TFL's and tied for the team lead with three sacks with junior LB Benson Mayowa... Junior LB Conrad Scheidt has 8.0 TFL's, part of his 77 total tackles (7.7 pg)... Junior P Bobby Cowan leads not only the WAC, but FBS in punting with a 47.0 ypp average with 31 punts of 50+ with a WAC-long 76-yarder, also leading the country with 7.9 punts per game... McCarty average 102.2 ypg all-purpose with a 24.8 ypr kick return boosted by a 95-yard TD run... Junior PK Trey Farquhar is 7-of-9 on FG's with a long of 55 and is 19-of-20 on PAT's.
USU FOOTBALL HOLDING SOLID IN FBS AND WAC STATISTICAL RANKINGS -- For the sixth week in a row, Utah State football is ranked sixth in the country in rushing, highlighting the Aggies' rankings in this week's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) statistics, released Sunday... The Aggies are ranked sixth in the FBS and lead the WAC in rushing with 269.9 yards per game. In addition to rushing offense, USU also leads the conference in three other categories, including scoring offense, ranking 22nd in the country at 35.6 ppg... Utah State is also tops in the WAC and ranking 25th in the FBS in passing efficiency (147.91)... USU's defense leads the league and ranks 29th in the nation in total defense, allowing 341.0 ypg... In total offense, Utah State ranks second in the conference and 23rd in the country at 458.2 ypg. In sacks allowed, USU is second in the conference and 35th in the country, yielding 1.4 pg... The Aggie defense second in the league and 63rd in the country in pass defense (226.4 ypg), as well as third in the league and 43rd in the nation in pass efficiency defense (121.51)... Utah State is also third in the conference and 44th in the country in sacks with 2.1 pg... On special teams, USU is third in the WAC and 26th in the FBS in net punting (38.6 ypp), as well as third in the league and 36th in the nation in kickoff returns (23.3 ypr)... Individually, junior RB Robert Turbin is second in the WAC in rushing, trailing Fresno State's Robby Rouse by .4 yards per game, as Turbin has a 116.56 ypg average while Rouse has a 116.60 ypg. Turbin is also 11th in the FBS in rushing. Turbin is tops in the WAC and fifth in FBS in scoring at 12.0 ppg. Additionally, Turbin is tied for seventh in the league and tied for 41st in the nation in all-purpose yards (128.4 ypg)... Freshman QB Chuckie Keeton is third in the WAC and 45th in the FBS in passing efficiency (137.4), in addition to ranking fifth in the league and 76th in the nation in total offense (185.4 ypg)... Junior RB/KR Kerwynn Williams is sixth in the conference and 40th in the country in all-purpose yards (128.6 ypg), including ranking fifth in the league and 75th in the nation in kick returns (22.4 ypr)... Defensively, senior LB Bobby Wagner is tops in the WAC and tied for fourth in FBS in tackles at 12.0 per game... Fellow senior LB Kyle Gallagher is 13th in the conference (7.4 pg)... Senior DE/LB Levi Koskan is fourth in the league and 24th in the nation in sacks with .7 pg, while also ranking sixth in the WAC and tied for 70th in the FBS in tackles for loss (1.1 pg)... Junior P Tyler Bennett is third in the WAC and ninth in the FBS in punting at 45.0 ypp... Sophomore PK Josh Thompson is sixth in the league and tied for 97th in the nation in field goals (.6 pg), while ranking seventh in the conference in scoring (6.2 ppg).
PINNING PUNTERS -- Utah State punter Tyler Bennett and Idaho punter Bobby Coward are both good at pinning, not in the wrestling sense, but pinning the opposition inside the 20-yard line, as Cowan is tied for 27th among the nation's FBS punters with 15 punts inside the 20, while Bennett is tied for 33rd with 14 punts inside the 20... Over a third of Bennett's punts (14-of-40, .350) have been inside the 20.
Rank Player, School I20 TB 1. Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 32 4 --- T27. Bobby Cowan, Idaho 15 8 T33. Tyler Bennett, Utah State 14 5
TD RUSHING -- Utah State scored five rushing TD's in each of its first three games, before being limited to only one in the BYU game, but then scoring four in the Wyoming game, then two each in the next three games (Fresno State, LA Tech and Hawai`i) before scoring three in the SJSU game, giving the Aggies 29 rushing TD's on the season in nine games... That ranks tied for eighth in the FBS, and USU's 3.2 rushing TD's per game is third in the nation behind Georgia Tech with 3.7 pg and Wisconsin with 3.6 pg... USU is the only team over 25 rushing TD's to only play in nine games, as the other 16 teams have all played in 10 contests:
TEAM TD's G AVG PG Georgia Tech 37 10 3.7 Wisconsin 36 10 3.6 Army 31 10 3.1 Air Force 31 10 3.1 Alabama 30 10 3.0 Kansas St. 30 10 3.0 Oklahoma St. 30 10 3.0 UTAH STATE 29 9 3.2 Oregon 29 10 2.9 Navy 28 10 2.8 Northern Ill. 28 10 2.8 Nebraska 28 10 2.8 Houston 28 10 2.8 Temple 27 10 2.7 Toledo 27 10 2.7 Stanford 27 10 2.7 TCU 26 10 2.6 LSU 25 10 2.5 Cincinnati 25 9 2.8
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE -- USU made LL Cool J proud for the second-straight Saturday, as the Aggies rallied from a double-digit deficit for the fourth time in the last two years... It was not only USU's second game in a row in rallying from down double digits and scoring the game-winning TD in the final minute, but it was also the second year in a row that the Aggies rallied from down double digits and scored in the final minute against San Jose State, as last year at San Jose, Derrvin Speight scored a 15-yard TD run with 34 seconds left to give USU a 38-34 win over SJSU, rallying from down 10-0... On Nov. 12 of this season at Hawai'i, USU rallied from down 28-7 late in the first half to win, 35-31... Last year, at San Jose State, the Aggies rallied from down 10-0 at San Jose State and winning, 38-34, a week after being down 14-0 to New Mexico State before rallying to win, 27-22... Saturday's 28-7 comeback was the largest against an FBS team since at least 1990 and the second-largest since then, behind the 27-0 rally against Idaho State in 2001, rallying to win, 28-27... Ironically, seven of USU's eight comebacks have been in November, including two on Nov. 2, while New Mexico State and San Jose State have each been the victim twice.
Deficit Winning Score Opponent Date 27-0 28-27 vs. Idaho State Oct. 20, 2001 28-7 35-31 AT HAWAI`I NOV. 5, 2011 14-0 27-22 vs. New Mexico State Nov. 6, 2010 13-0 21-13 vs. North Texas Nov. 2, 1996 33-21 34-33 VS. SAN JOSE STATE NOV. 12, 2011 12-0 34-25 vs. New Mexico State Nov. 20, 2004 10-0 20-19 vs. Fresno State Nov. 2, 1991 10-0 38-34 at San Jose State Nov. 13, 2010LAST MINUTE GAME-WINNING SCORES -- The Aggies' last-minute win Saturday with 47 seconds left was their second in a row after and No. 9 on USU's last-minute game-winning scores list since 1991... The TD last week at Hawai'i with 14 seconds left ranks No. 5 in USU's last-minute game-winning scores since 1991... Just like its double-digit comebacks, a majority of USU's last minute game-winning scores have come in November, with nine of the 12 in the final minute happening in November.
Time Result Date Play :00 USU 19, Troy 16 Nov. 16, 2002 36 FG to force OT / 34 FG to win :00 USU 45, New Mexico 44 OT Oct. 19, 2002 32 TD pass to force OT/8 run to win :00 USU 29, NMSU 26 2OT Oct. 31, 1998 11 run in 2nd OT :05 USU 28, North Texas 27 Nov. 14, 1998 30 FG :14 USU 35, HAWAI`I 31 NOV. 5, 2011 1 TD RUN :18 USU 38, Pacific 35 Nov. 21, 1992 40 FG :28 USU 44, NMSU 37 Nov. 4, 2000 9 TD run :34 USU 38, SJSU 34 Nov. 13, 2010 15 TD run :47 USU 34, SJSU 33 Nov. 12, 2011 21 TD pass :51 USU 20, Fresno State 19 Nov. 2, 1991 45 FG :55 USU 13, Fresno State 12 Oct. 7, 2006 30 TD pass 1:00 USU 37, Nevada 35 Nov. 20, 1999 1 TD runBIG CATCHERS -- Utah State is one of 21 teams in the country with at least six players with a minimum of five catches and average at least 10.5 yards per catch, and one of four that have eight or more players, ranking tied for third in the country:
Oregon 11 Florida State 10 New Mexico State 8 UTAH STATE 8 Central Michigan 7 Arizona State 7 Oklahoma State 7 West Virginia 7 Louisville 7 BYU 7 Alabama 7 Tennessee 7 Northwestern 6 Oklahoma 6 North Texas 6 Texas Tech 6 San Diego State 6 Arkansas 6 Florida 6 Idaho 6 Southern Mississippi 6
RED LEADER, RED LEADER -- That title not only is fitting for the Star Wars call sign of the Commander of Red Squadron, but also for the Utah State offense, which leads the WAC and ranks tied for 15th in the FBS... USU converted on 22-of-22 trips before not scoring twice in the Fresno State game on Oct. 15, and then once in the SJSU game on Nov. 12... The Aggies have now scored on 90 percent of their trips to the red zone (28-of-31).
RED ZONE OFFENSE Rank Name Gm Drives Scores Points Rush TD Pass TD FG Pct 1 Stanford 10 57 57 350 23 22 12 1.00 2 LSU 10 46 45 274 23 12 10 .98 3 Wisconsin 10 54 52 343 28 19 5 .96 4 Western Mich. 9 39 37 231 12 18 7 .95 5 Texas A&M 10 51 48 286 20 16 12 .94 5 La.-Lafayette 11 31 29 164 13 7 9 .94 7 Washington 10 38 35 229 10 21 4 .92 8 Northern Ill. 10 55 50 302 23 15 12 .91 8 Oregon 10 45 41 264 21 14 6 .91 8 Texas Tech 10 45 41 258 13 21 7 .91 8 Air Force 10 44 40 233 26 3 11 .91 8 Nebraska 10 44 40 237 23 6 11 .91 8 Toledo 10 44 40 251 21 12 7 .91 8 Pittsburgh 10 35 32 200 18 8 6 .91 15 Oklahoma 9 48 43 243 14 15 14 .90 15 Ball St. 10 40 36 200 12 11 13 .90 15 Southern Miss. 10 39 35 202 10 14 11 .90 15 UTAH STATE 9 31 28 183 18 7 3 .90 15 Rice 10 30 27 148 9 8 10 .90 15 Kent St. 10 21 19 106 7 6 6 .90BURNING THE BARN -- Utah State has been in six games that have been decided by one score or less, losing to Auburn, 42-38, on Sept. 3, losing to Colorado State, 35-34, in 2OT, on Sept. 24, losing at BYU, 27-24 on Sept. 30 and losing to Louisiana Tech, 24-17, on Oct. 22, before breaking through with the 35-31 win at Hawai`i on Nov. 5 and following it up with a wild 34-33 win over San Jose State on Nov. 12... Those six games are tied for the second-most one-score games in the nation... The six games by a combined 20 points rank the Aggies 27th in the nation for teams in one-score games, with the 15th-most point differential... USU and Idaho are two of 30 teams in the country who have had four or more one-score games... The Aggies are also one of eight teams with four losses by eight points or less:
GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE - BY PTS Team Games Total Points Buffalo 3 (1-2) 5 Baylor 4 (3-1) 7 Rutgers 4 (2-2) 8 Cincinnati 3 (2-1) 9 TCU 3 (1-2) 10 Nevada 3 (2-1) 11 Western Kentucky 4 (3-1) 11 BYU 4 (2-2) 12 Duke 5 (2-3) 12 Idaho 4 (1-3) 13 Florida 3 (1-2) 14 Marshall 3 (3-0) 14 Auburn 3 (3-0) 14 Wyoming 4 (4-0) 15 Navy 5 (1-4, 1 OT) 15 Hawai`i 4 (1-3) 15 Mississippi State 3 (1-2) 15 South Carolina 5 (4-1) 16 Minnesota 4 (2-2) 16 Middle Tennessee 4 (1-3) 16 USC 3 (2-1) 17 Notre Dame 4 (3-1) 17 Colorado State 5 (2-3, one OT) 18 San Jose State 5 (2-3) 18 Illinois 5 (3-2) 19 Indiana 4 (0-4) 19 UTAH STATE 6 (2-4, ONE OT) 20 Texas A&M 5 (1-4) 20 Boston College 4 (1-3) 20 UConn 4 (1-3) 20BIG BERTHA DRIVING -- Utah State's offense is equipped with a Big Bertha driver in its bag, as the Aggies have five scoring drives of 90+ yards this season, including two of 99-yards, ranking tied for the most in the nation for 90+ yard drives as well as tied for the most 99-yard scoring drives:
90+ Yard Scoring Drives 5 Texas Tech (91, 95, 92, 92, 91) 5 UTAH STATE (91, 90, 99, 99, 94) 5 Georgia Tech (95, 98, 90, 95, 92) 5 Southern Miss (94, 95, 96, 98, 99) 5 California (92, 91, 91, 91, 96) 4 Alabama (98, 94, 92, 92) 4 BYU (99, 97, 96, 91) 4 Illinois (95, 95, 97, 90) 4 Middle Tennessee (95, 95, 94, 98) 4 New Mexico State (90,92,90,93) 4 Oregon (90, 94, 93, 90) 4 Central Michigan (93, 91, 96, 94)2011 RUSHING ATTACK AMONG USU ELITE -- This season's Utah State rushing attack has amassed 2,429 rushing yards, the third-straight season over 2,000 yards after a 34-year hiatus from 1975-2009... The 2,429 is currently No. 5 in the program's history, and the most since 2,701 in 1974... USU's 29 rushing TD's are currently tied for the third-most in school-history:
Year G No Yds Avg TD 1960 10 553 3120 312 29 1961 10 534 2808 280.8 39 1974 11 681 2701 245.5 15 2010 12 528 2442 168.7 24 2011 9 405 2429 269.9 29 1959 11 534 2371 215.5 17 1962 10 538 2364 236.4 28 1973 11 609 2277 207.0 20 2009 12 496 2311 192.6 25 1963 10 428 2101 210.0 32 1967 10 512 2029 202.9 -- 1975 11 550 2028 184.4 16 1965 10 474 2025 202.5 --RUSH, RUSH, RUSH -- Utah State's offense is not rocking out to the hair band, but is doing a lot of rushing, to the tune of 269.9 yards per game... The season total of 2,429 yards through nine games surpassed 2009's season total of 2,311 yards and closing in on last year's total of 2,442... The 269.9 ypg average this season is on pace to be the Aggies' highest rushing average since 1961 when USU amassed 280.8 ypg... USU's total offense average of 458.2 ypg is on pace to be the second-best in school history behind 468.5 ypg in 1996... Additionally, the Aggies' 35.6 points per game is the highest scoring average since 1961's 38.7 ppg.
USU's Top Offensive Averages Rushing Avg. Total Offense Avg. Scoring Avg. 312.0, 1960 468.5, 1996 38.7, 1961 280.8, 1961 447.9, 2011 35.6, 2011 269.9, 2011 449.4, 1997 33.6, 1997 245.5, 1974 442.1, 1993 31.7, 1963 236.4, 1962 439.3, 2009 31.5, 1979 215.5, 1959 434.8, 1972 30.0, 1996TENACIOUS D -- The Aggies' defense has been much improved this season, as their 341.0 ypg total defense yardage is on pace to be the best since 1998's 319.9 ypg... USU's rushing defense average of 114.6 ypg is on pace to be the lowest since 1963:
Rushing Avg. 50.8, 1961 82.8, 1966 83.9, 1965 84.7, 1960 93.2, 1963 114.6, 2011 115.0, 1985 115.6, 1997 116.2, 1981 123.4, 1998MORE POSITIVE PUNT RETURNS -- With 114 punt return yards through nine games, USU has already surpassed last year's season total of 72 total punt return yards... The Aggies also have five punt returns of 10 or more yards compared to three all of last year, equalling last season's total in the Weber State game alone, part of nearly matching 2010's season total with 69 punt returns in that game.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO SERIES -- Utah State holds a slight 18-17-2 all-time series advantage, after last year's loss broke USU's three-game win streak in the series... The Aggies have won the last two meetings in Moscow and the series is tied at 9-9-1 at Moscow... Utah State is 5-5 vs. UI in the last 10 meetings after the Aggies won five of the previous six and 11 of the previous 14... Besides the 19 times at Moscow and 15 times at Logan, the teams have met three times at neutral sites, once in Pullman, Wash., in 1999 with Idaho winning 31-3, as well as twice in Boise, Idaho with the teams playing to a scoreless draw in 1940 before the Aggies won, 19-7, in 1953.
UTAH STATE vs. IDAHO Overall: 18-17-2 / Home: 8-7-0 / Away: 9-9-1 / Boise, Idaho: 1-0-1+ / Pullman, Wash.: 0-1-0^
USU VS. GEM STATE TEAMS -- Utah State has an 36-32-2 (.529) record against current teams from Idaho (14-2 vs. Idaho State, 18-17-2 vs. Idaho and 4-13 vs. Boise State)... The Aggies have historical success against defunct teams from Idaho, going 3-0 vs. College of Idaho, 2-0 vs. Idaho Academy, 5-0 vs. Idaho Marines.
AGGIES ON IDAHO SOIL -- USU is 16-18-2 record in games played on the state of Idaho's famous potato growing soil... USU is 2-7 at Boise State, 9-9-1 at Idaho, 1-0-1 vs. Idaho at Boise, 1-1 at Idaho State, 0-1 in the Humanitarian Bowl at Boise (1997), and 3-0 at Idaho Marines (1942, `44 and `45).
USU IN NOVEMBER -- Utah State has won 10 of its last 15 games in the month of November... During its six years in the WAC, USU is 11-14 in the American Thanksgiving month, also referred to as "Movember," as males in the United States and Australia grow moustaches and other facial hair in support of men's health issues... Saturday is one of USU's four games in November, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that the Aggies have had four games in the 11th month.
19th OF NOVEMBER -- Saturday is USU's first game on Nov. 19 since 2005, losing, 30-24 vs. Nevada... The Aggies are 4-6 on Nov. 19 since 1904, winning the three of the last five on the 19th day of the 11th month, while playing eight of the 10 games on the road... This marks the second time USU and Idaho have squared off on Nov. 19, as they also met in 1938 with the Vandals winning 14-0... Here's a closer look at how USU has fared on Nov. 19:
1904 - L 0-43 at Utah 1924 - W 25-2 at Wyoming 1932 - L 6-18 at BYU 1938 - L 0-14 at Idaho 1960 - L 0-6 at Utah 1966 - W 13-7 at Utah 1977 - W 35-7 at Idaho State 1988 - L 13-23 at CS Fullerton 1994 - W 47-20 NEW MEXICO STATE 2005 - L 24-30 NEVADAAGGIES AND VANDALS BATTLING IN NOVEMBER -- A total of 19 of the previous 37 meetings between USU and Idaho have occurred in November, and Saturday will be the third straight November meeting between the Aggies and Vandals and fourth in the last five... USU is 8-11 against Idaho in November, but have won five of the last seven meetings in the 11th month, including five of the last six November meetings in Moscow... Overall, USU is 6-8 at Moscow in November:
11-25-16 L 15-27 H 11-26-32 L 0-33 A 11-21-36 W 10-0 A 11-19-38 L 0-14 A 11-4-39 L 7-19 A 11-2-53 W 19-7 N + 11-10-56 L 20-42 A 11-9-57 L 7-34 A 11-15-58 L 7-34 A 11-14-64 L 22-27 A 11-22-69 W 31-21 A 11-14-70 L 14-42 H 11-21-71 W 42-13 A 11-4-72 W 51-7 H 11-2-74 W 17-3 A 11-22-03 L 13-20 A 11-24-07 W 24-19 A 11-28-09 W 52-49 A 11-20-10 L 6-28 HFAMILIAR CONFERENCE FOES -- Utah State and Idaho have been in three different conferences together, as they were fellow Big West Conference members from 1996-2000 and in the Sun Belt Conference together from 2003-04, before joining the WAC together in 2005
Conference Yrs. Together Series History Big West 1996-2000 USU 3, UI 2 Sun Belt 2003-04 USU 1, UI 1 WAC 2005-Present USU 3, UI 3AGGIE-VANDAL NOTE-ABLE -- Utah State has one player on its roster from Idaho, in WR Jordan Storrs, a freshman who is redshirting this season and came to USU from Capital HS... Idaho does not have any players from Utah but do have 13 players from Idaho.
USU BESTS VS. IDAHO -- Here is a look at some of the top USU statistical individual performances against the Vandals over the years: In Utah State's last trip to the Kibbie Dome, Robert Turbin scored five total touchdowns, three rushing and two receiving, tying career-highs in both, to tie the USU record for single-game TD's with Jack Hill vs. Drake in 1956... Also in that game, Diondre Borel hit Xavier Martin with an 85-yard pass play, ranking as tied for No. 8 on USU's longest pass play list, part of a three-way tie that includes current Aggie QB coach Matt Wells, who as USU signal-caller in 1994, also had an 85-yard pass play to Kevin Alexander against UNLV... Several USU top individual outings have happened against Idaho, as Louie Giammona ran for 247 yards in 1974 (No. 7 on USU's single-game best list), Melvin Blue ran for 224 yards in 1997 (No. 14), Jose Fuentes threw for 421 yards in 2000 (No. 7 on top passing outings), Tony Adams threw for 406 yards in 1972 (No. 9) and Matt Sauk threw for 396 in 1997 (No. 11)... Aaron Jones had 233 receiving yards in 2000 (No. 5 on top receiving games), Bob Wicks 211 in 1971 (No. 10) and Tom Forzani 193 in 1972 (No. 19)... Jim Turner's school record 100-yard fumble return came against the Vandals in 1962, while Overton Curtis had a 96-yard kickoff return in 1958, Jerry Arguello had a 77-yard punt in 1998 and Steve Mullins had a 70-yard punt in 1999 against Idaho... Team bests include 662 yards of total offense in 1997, which ranks third in school history and school-best 501 rushing yards in 1960... Utah State also totalled 580 yards of total offense against Idaho in 2008, No. 11 on USU's total offense list.
COACHING CONNECTIONS -- USU head coach Gary Andersen and UI head coach Robb Akey were assistants at Northern Arizona together in 1995-96, with Andersen serving as the assistant head coach/defensive line and helped with special teams while Akey was the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach in 1995 before shifting to defensive coordinator... Both Andersen and Akey were under then-NAU head coach Steve Axman, currently Idaho's offensive coordinator... Also in the mix was current USU special teams coordinator/safeties coach Bill Busch, who was the secondary coach at the time... Axman was an assistant at Stanford in 1986, where he coached with current USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, who was receivers coach at that time at Stanford... Fifth-year Idaho defensive coordinator Mark Criner was a graduate assistant at Utah State from 1991-92 and an assistant coach for the Aggies from 1992-93... Akey graduated from and began his coaching career at Weber State in 1998 and was an assistant coach for the Wildcats from 1988-94... First-year Idaho offensive line coach John McDonell is a 1981 alum of Carroll College, earning his diploma 20 years before USU associate athletic media relations director Zach Fisher did from the same Helena, Mont. school... McDonnell was an NAIA All-American as a senior and was a three-time all-Frontier Conference selection while Fisher attended many football games during his time there.... John L. Smith coached at both schools, coaching the Aggies from 1995-97, compiling a 16-18 (.471) record with USU, winning two conference championships and leading the Aggies to the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl, USU's last bowl appearance... Smith coached the Vandals from 1989-94, amassing a 53-21 (.716) ledger at Idaho, and is UI's winningest coach for wins and No.2 in winning percentage.
CURRENT AGGIE COACHES VS. IDAHO -- Utah State has five members of its coaching staff that have faced Idaho as a coach with another team or a player, as is the case for USU quarterbacks coach Matt Wells, who played against Idaho during his playing days for the Aggies in 1996, as well as defensive line coach Frank Maile, who faced Idaho four times during his playing days as an Aggie from 2004-07... USU's top three coaches in command, head coach Gary Andersen, offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin and defensive coordinator Bill Busch have all faced Idaho at least twice, with Busch having the most experience vs. the Vandals, facing them five times, including once while co-defensive coordinator at Northern Arizona in 1995 and four times while secondary coach at New Mexico State (1997-2000)... Overall, those five members were a combined backwards good buddy, 4-10 vs. Idaho.
Name Utah State Position Other Position Years-Results Gary Andersen Head Coach Idaho State D-Line 1992-L, 18-49 (0-3 vs. UI) 1993, L, 27-56 No. Arizona Asst. HC 1995-L, 14-17EACH OTHER'S LAST TIME LIST -- On Utah State's "Last Time" list, Idaho is referenced five times, including four times from 2009's 52-49 USU shootout win at the Kibbie Dome Corral:
Utah State is not on Idaho's "Last Time" list at all, but the attendance mark of 15,006 at the Oct. 1, 2005 USU-UI match-up is No. 35 on Idaho's top attendance list, as well as No. 23 for non-Boise State game.
UTAH STATE-IDAHO BY THE NUMB3R5 -- A closer look at note-ables about Saturday's match-up between the Aggies and Vandals:
UTAH STATE-IDAHO LAST TIME: 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's final home game for its seniors was spoiled by Idaho, as the Vandals pulled away from a 7-6 game with 21 unanswered points for a 28-6 victory on Nov. 20. Utah State recognized its 22 seniors in a pre-game ceremony, honoring a senior class that posted at least a .500 home record for the fourth-straight season as well as recording the most WAC wins in consecutive seasons. This was also the first Aggie group of seniors to earn possession of the Old Wagon Wheel, the traveling trophy with BYU, leading USU to the first win over BYU since 1993. One of the Aggie seniors, placekicker Peter Caldwell put USU on the board first, with a 44-yard field goal at the 4:29 mark of the first quarter. Caldwell's kick capped a drive that was kept alive with a fake punt play featuring an 11-yard pass from senior quarterback Diondre Borel to junior linebacker Bobby Wagner on fourth-and-seven at the Idaho 29. The Vandals took the ensuing kick and marched down the field, with Nathan Enderle hitting Eric Greenwood with a 10-yard TD pass for a 7-3 UI lead with eight seconds left on the first quarter clock. Caldwell split the uprights from 24-yards out to pull USU within 7-6 with 12:52 left in the second stanza. That would be the final Aggie points put on the board, as Enderle and Greenwood connected from 28-yards out with just 1:18 to go in the half. Trey Farquahar's upright spltting game UI a 14-6 lead that would hold into intermission. Neither team scored in the third frame before Idaho's Deonte' Jackson darted in from 4-yards out with 8:50 to go and then sealed the Vandal victory with a 10-yard pass from Enderle with 5:20 left in the game. UI's first scoring drive was its only scoring drive less than 70 yards, as the Vandals marched out drives of 74 yards (10 plays), 79 yards (15 plays) and 76 yards (seven plays). Idaho also converted 10 of its 18 third-down conversions and both of its fourth-down tries. USU was 6-of-18 on third-down and 2-of-3 on fourth-down, finishing the game with 242 yards of total offense, as Borel was 14-of-35 passing for 103 yards. Borel topped the 8,000 yards of total offense milestone, becoming just the second Aggie QB to reach the 8K plateau, joining Jose Fuentes (1999-2002) in the 8,000-yard club, as Borel now has 8,038. The 8,038 yards puts Borel 753 yards behind Fuentes' school-record 8,791 yards of total offense. The Aggies had a total of 139 rushing yards, getting a game-high 80 yards from senior running back Derrvin Speight. Sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins had four catches for 32 yards. Idaho totalled 355 yards of total offense, as Enderle was 20-of-32 passing for 243 yards with three TD tosses and one interception, while the Vandals totalled 112 yards on the ground. Greenwood tallied 114 yards receiving on four catches with two TD's, while Jackson had 62 yards with one TD rushing and one receiving. The Aggie defense was led by Wagner's game-high 16 stops, one shy of his career-high. Junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher totalled 11 stops, tying his career-high for the third time this season and fourth of his career. Senior cornerback Curtis Marsh snared his second interception of the season, both of which have come at home and both in the same corner of the endzone, also doing so in the Hawai'i game on Oct. 23. Marsh also two pass break-ups, sharing game-high honors with his fellow senior cornerback Chris Randle.
Score By Quarters Idaho 7 7 0 14 - 28 Utah State 3 3 0 0 - 6AGGIES-VANDALS LAST TIME AT MOSCOW: 2009
UTAH STATE 52, IDAHO 49
November 28, 2009 Moscow, Idaho Kibbie Dome
MOSCOW, Idaho - Sophomore running back Robert Turbin's school-record tying five touchdowns led Utah State to a 52-49 shootout win over bowl-bound Idaho on Nov. 28 at UI's Kibbie Dome, snapping USU's 12-game road losing streak. It was USU's first road win since two years ago on the very field as Saturday, last winning on Nov. 24, 2007 at Idaho. The Aggies finish head coach Gary Andersen's first year at the helm of the USU program with a 4-8 mark, USU's most wins since 2002 and a progressive win total since 2006's one win. Utah State finished 3-5 in Western Athletic Conference action, matching last season for top conference record in USU's five seasons in the league. Idaho ends with a 7-5 overall mark and 4-4 in WAC play. The bowl-bound Vandals finished with three-straight losses and dropped four of the last five games. It was USU's third-straight win over Idaho and fourth in the last six meetings, taking a 18-16-2 series lead and leveling the series ledger at Moscow at 9-9-1. Turbin scored five total touchdowns, three rushing and two receiving, tying career-highs in both, to tie the USU record for single-game TD's with Jack Hill vs. Drake in 1956. Turbin had 113 yards rushing, his seventh 100-yard outing this season to go with 70 yards receiving. Junior QB Diondre Borel was 18-of-29 passing for 369 yards and four TD's, both career-bests. He had an 85-yard TD pass to senior WR Xavier Bowman in the first quarter that is tied for the eighth-longest pass play in school history. USU had its second-best offensive outing of the year with 539 yards of total offense, on a season-high 376 passing and 163 rushing. Idaho had 530 yards of total offense. The Aggie defense was led by junior CB Chris Randle's career-high 11 tackles, while senior S James Brindley added nine stops and a fumble recovery, which set up Turbin's final TD of the day and was USU's insurance and difference TD. The WAC leader in tackles, junior LB Bobby Wagner, posted nine tackles and snared the game's lone interception along with forcing a fumble to set up what proved to be the winning TD. USU jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead, and built a 31-7 advantage before Idaho rallied to take a 42-38 lead, only to see the Aggies storm back and hang on for the monumental road victory, sending USU's 15 seniors out in style and earning their most winning season during their four years playing for the Aggie blue and white.
Score By Quarters Utah State 21 10 0 21 - 52 Idaho 7 14 14 14 - 49TURBIN NEW USU TOTAL TD RECORD HOLDER -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became Utah State's total touchdowns record holder with a TD in the LA Tech game, giving him 42 career TD's, passing Abu Wilson's 41 career total scores from 1992, 1994-96... Turbin is now just building on the record... Turbin has also broken into the WAC's Top 10 Total TD's list.
USU Career Touchdowns No. Name Years No. 1. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 46 2. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 41 3. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 40 4. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 5. Emmett White 1998-01 32 6. Kevin Robinson 2004-07 29 7. Kendal Smith 1985-88 28 8. Rick Parros 1976-79 27 9. Tracy Jenkins 1988-91 22 10. Aaron Jones 1997-2000 21 Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 Roy Shivers 1964-65 21TURBIN IS EIGHTH AGGIE TO 2,000 FOR CAREER / CLOSING IN ON BEING FIFTH TO 3K -- Junior RB Robert Turbin became the 20th player in Utah State history to reach the 1,000 career rushing yards milestone in 2009 and just the eighth player in Aggie history to reach the 2,000 mark... Turbin hit the 2K mark as part of his 180-yard performance against Weber State on Sept. 10, 2011... Currently with 2,847 yards, moved past Aggie great Emmett White (1998-2001) with 2,791 yards for No. 5 spot on USU's Career Rushing list... With 153 more yards, Turbin would become just the fifth Aggie running back with 3,000 career yards.
USU Career Rushing No. Name Years Yds. 1. Demario Brown 1996-1999 4,053 2. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 3,933 3. Rick Parros 1976-79 3,537 4. Louie Giammona 1973-75 3,499 5. Robert Turbin 2007-pres. 2,847 6. Emmett White 1998-01 2,791 7. Roger Grant 1990-91 2,387 8. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 2,206 9. Altie Taylor 1966-68 1,959 10. Jay Van Noy 1946-49 1,923TURBO-ING TO 1,000 YARDS RUSHING AND BEYOND -- Turbin is also climbing up several USU single-season marks, including the single-season 1,000-yard mark, a milestone he reached against San Jose State on Nov. 12 - Turbin also hit the 1,000-yard mark in 2009 against SJSU... He now has 1,049 for the season, marking the 15th time that an Aggie running back has reached the 1,000-yard mark... Turbin is the 10th different USU running back to reach the four-digit yardage mark... Turbin becomes just the fifth Aggie back to reach 1,000 yards in two seasons, joining Louie Giammona (1974, 1975), Emmett White (2000, 2001), Rick Parros (1977, 1979) and Roger Grant (1990, 1991).
Single-Season Rushing Yardage No. Yds. Year Name, Class No. Avg. TD 1. 1,536 1999 Demario Brown, Sr. 279 5.5 14 2. 1,534 1974 Louie Giammona, Jr. 329 4.7 8 3. 1,476 1995 Abu Wilson, Jr. 275 5.4 15 4. 1,454 1975 Louie Giammona, Sr. 303 4.8 11 5. 1,370 1990 Roger Grant, Jr. 266 5.2 8 6. 1,361 2001 Emmett White, Sr. 250 5.4 13 7. 1,322 2000 Emmett White, Jr. 242 5.5 13 8. 1,296 2009 Robert Turbin, So. 207 6.3 13 9. 1,236 1979 Rick Parros, Sr. 259 4.8 15 10. 1,150 1973 Archie Gibson, Sr. 216 5.3 3 11. 1,138 1965 Roy Shivers, Jr. 189 6.0 14 12. 1,135 1977 Rick Parros, So. 261 4.3 4 13. 1,049 2011 Robert Turbin, JR. 162 6.5 16 14. 1,044 1960 Tom Larscheid, Jr. 124 8.4 13 15. 1,017 1991 Roger Grant, Sr. 218 4.7 4 16. 971 1997 Demario Brown, So. 184 5.3 10 17. 967 2003 David Fiefia, Sr. 206 4.7 7 18. 966 1978 Rick Parros, Jr. 221 4.3 7 19. 947 1993 Profail Greer, So. 190 5.0 10 20. 929 1968 Altie Taylor, Sr. 203 4.6 8 21. 920 1956 Jack Hill, Sr. 140 6.6 14TOUCHDOWN TIME FOR TURBIN -- Turbin is also climbing USU's career rushing TD list, as he now has 37 career TD's after his rushing score in the BYU game broke a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) with 29 career TD's for sole possession of the No. 3 spot... Turbin is now tied for the No. 2 spot with Demario Brown (1996-99) with 37 rushing TD's, needing three more for the record of 40 held by Abu Wilson (1992-94-96).
Career Rushing TD's No.Name Years TD 1. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 40 2. Demario Brown 1996-99 37 3. Robert Turbin 2007-pres 37 4. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 29 5. Emmett White 1998-01 27 6. Rick Parros 1976-79 26 7. Louie Giammona 1973-75 21 8. Roy Shivers 1964-65 18 Diondre Borel 2007-10 18 9. Jack Hill 1956 14 10. Jerry Cox 1973-74 13 Jerry Hughes 1971-72 13 Altie Taylor 1966-68 13OTHER TURBIN MARKS IN TOP 10 CAREER LIST -- With six points scored at in the Louisiana Tech game, Turbin broke a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) for the No. 2 spot and the top non-kicker spot, as placekicker Brad Bohn (1997-2000) holds the top spot with 284 career points... Turbin is also moving up USU's career rushing attempts and career rushing average lists:
Career Points Scored No.Name Years Pts. 1. Brad Bohn 1997-2000 284 2. Robert Turbin 2007-pres 278 3. Tom Larscheid 1959-61 248 4. Abu Wilson 1992, 94-96 246 5. Demario Brown 1996-99 234 6. Steve Steinke 1977-80 204 7. Micah Knorr 1993-96 197 8. Emmett White 1998-01 194 9. Kevin Robinson 2004-07 182 10. Willie Beecher 1981-84 172 11. Rick Parros 1976-79 170TURBIN CLIMBING WAC'S CAREER LISTS -- In addition to moving up on USU's career lists, Turbin is also ascending the WAC's career points scored and rushing TD's lists, while closing in on the conference's career rushing list:
WAC Career Points Scored 1. 439 Kyle Brotzman, BSU, 2007-10 --- 17. 295 Asen Asparuhov, FS, 2000-02 18. 294 Steve Bartalo, CSU, 1983-86 294 Tyler Jones, BSU, 2001-04 20. 288 Brock Forsey, BSU, 2001-02 21. 279 Damon Fine, NEV, 2000-04 22. 278 Robert Turbin, USU, 2007-pres. 23. 270 Josh Scobee, LTU, 2001-03TURBIN AMONG OTHER BACKS IN THE NATION -- Turbin has 13 career 100-yard rushing games, and had a streak of five in a row snapped in the LA Tech game, which was his longest streak of his career... Turbin's 13 career 100-yard games ranks among that nation's best active running backs:
Career 100-Yard Rushing Games (active players through Nov. 12):WAGNER WAC PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR, MULTI-PRESEASON WATCH LIST MEMBER -- The media of the Western Athletic Conference voted on preseason players of the year, selecting USU senior linebacker Bobby Wagner as the Defensive Player of the Year, while Hawai`i senior quarterback Bryant Moniz was voted the Offensive Player of the Year.
Wagner is the first USU player to earn a preseason WAC honor since the Aggies joined the league in 2005. It is Utah State's first conference preseason honor since 2004 when Ronald Tupea and Robert Watts were named to the Sun Belt preseason first-team all-conference team. The WAC does not have a preseason all-conference team.
Wagner is also on several preseason all-WAC teams as well as several award watch lists, including:
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) is a two-time first-team all-WAC honoree... Last season, he led the WAC and ranked tied for seventh in FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, ranking second in the WAC with 133 total tackles in 2010 season... In 2010, Wagner also tallied a WAC-best four 15+ tackle outings, including two 17-stop games, a 16-tackle game and a 15-tackle outing... On the season, he logged a total of seven double-digit tackle games, and had at least six stops in all 12 games... Additionally, Wagner added eight tackles for loss with half a sack, as well as four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
WAGNER WRANGLING WAY UP USU AND WAC TACKLE LIST -- Senior LB Bobby Wagner has 407 career tackles, becoming the 14th player in USU history to top the 300 stops mark and the first since former teammate Jake Hutton (328 career tackles, 2005-08)... He recently passed Hutton and now holds the No. 3 spot on the USU list and No. 4 on the WAC list, to become the third Aggie and the fourth WAC player since 1979 to reach the 400 tackle milestone:
USU Career Tackles Tackles Years No. (Since 1979) 1. Del Lyles 1988-91 446 2. David Gill 1993-96 425 3. Bobby Wagner 2008-pres. (108) 407 4. Jesse Busta 1999-2002 392 5. Brent Passey 1997-2000 386 6. Kevin Bouwmann 1987-1990 372 7. Pat McKenna 1979-82 359 8. Johndale Carty 1995-98 347 9. Jermaine Younger 1990-93 337 10. Jake Hutton 2005-08 328WILLIAMS NEW USU AND WAC KICK RETURN RECORD HOLDER -- Kick returner/running back Kerwynn Williams became the USU and WAC single-season kick return total yardage record holder, finishing the 2010 season with 1,444 yards, breaking the week-old WAC record of 1,410 by New Mexico State's Taveon Rogers... The previous record was 1,214 yards by Deonce Whitaker of San Jose State in 1998 before both Rogers and Williams broke it.
Williams also broke the WAC's Career Kick Return Yards record in the BYU game on Sept. 30, passing Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams had 53 kick returns last season, also breaking the WAC and NCAA (FBS) records also set by Rogers last season of 51.
Now with 2,621 career kick return yards, Williams is closing in on the conference record in career kick return yards of Cedric Johnson of UTEP's record of 2,782 yards from 1993-96.
Williams is currently USU's career record holder for kick return average, as well as moving up on USU's single-game kick return average list and the career all-purpose yardage list... Williams joined Kevin Robinson as the only Aggie kick returners to surpass the 1,000-kick return yardage milestone and Williams has now topped the 1k mark twice.
USU Single Season Kick Return Yards Year No. Yds. 1. Kerwynn Williams, So. 2010 53 1,444 2. Kevin Robinson, Sr. 2007 43 1,260 3. Kerwynn Williams, Fr. 2009 45 1,131
WILLIAMS NINTH-BEST SINGLE-SEASON ALL-PURPOSE MARK IN WAC -- With 2,042 all-purpose yards last season (1,444 kick return, 451 rush, 110 receiving, 37 punt return), Kerwynn Williams holds the No. 9 spot on the WAC's Single-Season All-Purpose list, the most in the WAC since USU's Kevin Robinson amassed 2,317 all-purpose yards in 2007.
WAC Single-Season All-Purpose No. Yards Name, School, Years 1. 16,916 Timmy Chang, UH, 2000-04 1. 2,591 Bernard Berrian, FS, 2001 2. 2,317 Kevin Robinson, USU, 2007 3. 2,198 LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 2000 4. 2,174 Marshall Faulk, SDSU, 1993 5. 2,146 Howard Jackson, UTEP, 2003 6. 2,138 Terance Mathis, UNM, 1989 7. 2,127 Brock Forsey, BSU, 2002 8. 2,086 Charles Pauley, SJSU, 2002 9. 2,042 Kerwynn Williams, USU, 2010 10. 2,036 Carl Monroe, UU, 1982
THOMPSON KICKING TO SINGLE-SEASON PAT RECORD -- Sophomore PK Josh Thompson set a new USU single-season PAT record with his record-tying and record-setting PAT's coming in the San Jose State game:
USU Single Season Extra Points Made No. Name, Class Year No. 1. Josh Thompson, So. 2011 40 2. Brad Bohn, Fr. 1997 39 Steve Steinke, Jr. 1979 37 4. Micah Knorr, Sr. 1996 36 5. Dane Kidman, Jr. 2001 35 Doug Beach, So. 1990 35 7. Dane Kidman, Sr. 2002 33 Michael Doyle, Sr. 1972 33 Nathan Morreale, Fr. 1993 33 10. James Turner, Jr. 1961 30 11. Peter Caldwell, Sr. 2010 28 Brad Bohn, Sr. 2000 28 Sean Jones, Sr. 1992 28 Chris Pella, Sr. 1964 28KOSKAN GARNERS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football player Levi Koskan was named an honorable mention national Defensive Lineman of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com for his performance in USU's 34-33 comeback win over San Jose State on Nov. 12.
Koskan, a senior from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), recorded a defensive trifecta, with a sack, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble all on the same play, on San Jose State quarterback Matt Faulkner, giving USU the ball at its own 11. The Aggies punched it in to pull within 20-14 with 9:45 left in the third quarter as USU rallied from down 33-21 to win 34-33. It was USU's second win in as many weeks in rallying from down double digits and scoring the game-winner in the final minute of the game.
On the season, Koskan leads USU with 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also is fourth in the Western Athletic Conference and 24th in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in sacks (.7 pg), as well as sixth in the WAC and tied for 70th in the FBS in tackles for loss (1.1 pg).
MORRISON NAMED WAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player Stanley Morrison was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in USU's comeback win at Hawai`i, on Nov. 5, as selected and announced Nov. 7 by the conference office... Morrison's honor is Utah State's first conference special teams award since kick returner Kevin Robinson on Sept. 24, 2007... Overall, it is the Aggies' fifth WAC special teams honor, including getting three in 2005, as kick and punt returner Tony Pennyman earned the award twice, on Sept. 26 and Nov. 21 of 2005, sandwiched around Robinson collecting the accolade on Oct. 10, 2005... Morrison, a senior wide receiver from Denison, Texas (Denison HS), successfully executed not one, but two fake punts to keep drives alive for USU, one of which resulted in a TD as part of the Aggies' 28 second-half points to overcome a 28-7 first half deficit for a wild 35-31 win over the Warriors of Hawai`i for USU's first win at Honolulu since 1966... On a 4th-and-4 play in the second quarter, Morrison had an eight-yard gain to keep USU's drive alive, but it later stalled... However, in the third quarter, Morrison again was the key cog in a fake punt, passing to Joe Hill for a 23-yard gain on 4th-and-5, on a tipped pass by teammate Bobby Wagner that Hill corralled for the first down... Three plays later, USU scored a TD to pull within 31-21 with 2:16 left in the third frame... Morrison also had his first 100-yard receiving outing of the season with two catches for 105 yards, including a 71-yard TD catch in which he made a spectacular catch between two UH defenders, and then dashed to the endzone... It was Morrison's second career 100-yard outing. Morrison's 105 yards receiving was his first 100-yard receiving outing of the season, becoming USU's first 100-yard receiver this season and the Aggies' first since TE Kellen Bartlett had five catches for 121 yards last year at Nevada... It was Morrison's second career 100-yard game, joining his career-best 126-yard receiving outing at Texas A&M in 2009... The 71-yard TD catch was the second-longest of Morrison's career, behind a 75-yarder at Idaho in 2009... The 71-yard TD catch was his second scoring catch of the season and fifth of his career... Morrison now has at least one catch in 32-straight games, which leads the WAC... This is Morrison's first WAC Player of the Week award of his career, and is the Aggies' second this season, as freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton garnered the Offensive Player of the Week honor on Oct. 10.
USU FOOTBALL'S WAGNER AND HAUETER EARN NATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Bobby Wagner and Jacob Haueter were both recognized by collegefootballperformance.com for their performance in the Aggies' 24-17 loss to Louisiana Tech on Oct. 22. Wagner was named an honorable mention national Linebacker of the Week, while Haueter was tabbed an honorable mention Kickoff Specialist of the Week.
Both Wagner and Haeuter's hometowns are Ontario, with Wagner being from Ontario, Calif., while Haueter hails from Ontario, Ore.
Wagner, a senior linebacker from Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), posted a career-high 20 tackles, which included two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Wagner also had two quarterback hurries in the game. It was Wagner's sixth double-digit tackle outing in the Aggies' seven games and he now has 20 career games with double-figure stops. Wagner's 20 stops gives him 388 for his career, moving up to No. 4 on USU's Career Tackles list and No. 5 on the WAC's Career Tackles list. On the season, Wagner is tops in the WAC and third in FBS in tackles at 12.7 per game.
Haueter, a freshman placekicker from Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS/Boise State), booted four kickoffs for a 69.5 ypko average, with two touchbacks.
USU'S BRADY NAMED HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player McKade Brady has been recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Defensive Back of the Week, for his performance in USU's 31-21 loss at Fresno State on Oct. 15.
Brady, a junior safety from Cove, Utah (Sky View HS/BYU), had a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on two different plays, to go with four tackles, including half a tackle for loss. Brady registered his first career fumble recovery by recovering a FS fumble in the first quarter and his forced fumble in the second quarter was the second of his career.
On the season, Brady now has 26 total tackles, ranking sixth on the team overall and third among defensive backs, and also has one pass break-up.
The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
AGGIES' KEETON NAMED WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK, NATIONAL RECOGNITION -- Utah State football quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Oct. 8.
Keeton has been recognized with a pair of national honors. Keeton was acknowledged by collegefootballperformance.com as an honorable mention national Quarterback of the Week, while also being named by College Sports Madness as the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming Saturday.
In addition to the WAC award, Keeton was also named the Utah State America First Credit Union Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Oct. 9, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Keeton, a freshman from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), completed 16-of-21 passes for 228 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns in Utah State's 63-19 win against Wyoming. He also added 44 rushing yards on four carries. All five touchdown passes came in the first half as Utah State scored on its first eight possessions of the game.
With the five TD's, Keeton becomes the fourth different Aggie QB to hit the school record, and the sixth time, as Keeton is the first since Anthony Calvillo threw for five scores against BYU in 1993. Calvillo (1993 and 1992) and Tony Adams (1972) had accomplished the feat twice each while Brent Snyder reached it once (1987).
Keeton's five TD's in the game more than doubled his season-total of four entering the game. Behind Keeton, the Aggie offense scored on its first eight possessions of the game, on the way to 42 first-half points, the most in an opening half since at least 1991, as part of the 63 total points. The 63 points scored are its most since winning at Idaho, 63-17, on Oct. 25, 1997, while its 44-point margin of victory is its largest since defeating New Mexico State at home, 47-2, on Nov. 29, 2008.
WILLIAMS COLLECTS PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WEEKLY HONOR ROLL ACCOLADE -- Utah State junior football player Kerwynn Williams is one of three players named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 10. The weekly recognition honors versatile, single-game performances around the nation by FBS student-athletes, and Williams is joined by Eric Page of Toledo and David Wilson of Virginia Tech.
The Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, is awarded annually to the most versatile player in major college football. Fans can now vote online at www.votepaulhornung.com for the finalist for the 2011 award.
All three weekly honorees are members of the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. Page is being honored for the fourth time this season while Williams and Wilson each earned their first Hornung weekly recognition of the year.
Williams, a native of Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), had a season-high 232 all-purpose yards in Utah State's 63-19 win over Wyoming on Saturday, totalling 125 kick return yards, including a season-best 54-yard return that set up USU's first TD of the night. Williams also had a 22-yard punt return to set up the Aggies' sixth TD of the first half, as well as adding 55 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards.
USU'S TURBIN TABBED HONORABLE MENTION NATIONAL RUNNING BACK OF WEEK BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football player Robert Turbin was recognized by collegefootballperformance.com as honorable mention Running Back of the Week on Oct. 2.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 123 yards including an 80-yard touchdown burst on the first offensive play of the game, in USU's 27-24 loss at BYU on Friday night. He added two catches for 22-yards on the night, including a 24-yard TD reception. Turbin now has at least two TD's in all four of USU's games this season, and has at least one rushing TD in last nine games played. Friday was Turbin's third-straight 100-yard game and 11th of his career, one of 14 active players in FBS with at least 10 career 100-yard games.
Turbin's 80-yard first-quarter TD was his fourth-career TD run over 50+ yards and the second-longest of his career behind the 96-yarder at Utah in 2009. Turbin now has 30 career rushing TD's, taking over sole possession of the No. 3 spot on USU's Career Rushing list, breaking a tie with Tom Larscheid (1959-61) and are the most by an Aggie since Demario Brown (1996-99) had 37. Turbin also passed Lascheid's 2,206 career rushing yards, and now has 2,285 with his 123 yards Friday.
This is the third national honorable mention award by collegefootballperformance.com for Turbin this season, also earning it after the Weber State and Colorado State games.
AGGIES' TURBIN AND KOSKAN RECOGNIZED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Robert Turbin and Levi Koskan were recognized by collegefootballperformance.com with honorable mention awards for their respective positions for their performances in USU's heartbreaking, 36-35 double overtime Homecoming loss to Colorado State on Sept. 24. Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list while Koskan collected honorable mention Defensive End of the Week accolades.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for a career-high four TD's as part of his 115 yard rushing outing. Turbin scored on a 3-yard scamper in the third-quarter, then a 1-yard plunge in the fourth-quarter with 4:56 left in regulation to give USU a 21-13 lead. After CSU forced overtime, Turbin scored on the Aggies' possession in the first frame on a 9-yard scamper. The Rams scored to force a second extra sessions and opened the scoring in the second frame with a TD and PAT. Turbin darted in from 25-yards out on USU's second possession, but was stopped on the two-point conversion, denying USU the win.
It was Turbin's 10th career 100-yard rushing outing, as he is one of 13 active players in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with double-digit career 100-yard games.
Koskan a senior from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), posted three tackles for loss including two sacks Saturday night, finishing night with five total tackles. His three TFL's were for 29 yards, with 14 of those coming on his two sacks.
USU'S BENNETT AND TURBIN HONORED BY COLLEGEFOOTBALLPERFORMANCE.COM -- Utah State football players Tyler Bennett and Robert Turbin were honored by collegefootballperformance.com with weekly awards for their performances in USU's 54-17 romp of Weber State on Sept. 10. Bennett was named the Co-National Punter of the Week while Turbin was tabbed to the honorable mention Running Back of the Week list.
Bennett, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz. (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC), punted three times for a 54.3 yards per punt with all three punts pinning Weber State inside its own 20-yard line, including two inside the Wildcats' 10 in the first quarter. Bennett's first punt was a 62-yarder that was downed at the WSU 4-yard line, while his second punt was a 52-yarder that went out of bounds at the Wildcats' 7. In the fourth quarter, Bennett hit a 49-yarder that went out of bounds at WSU's 12-yard line.
Turbin, a junior from Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS), rushed for 180 yards on 18 carries (10.0 ypr), with two TD's Saturday night, and surpassed the 2,000 career yard mark along the way, becoming just the eighth USU running back to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. Turbin scored on a 14-yard run with 53 seconds left in the second quarter to pull USU to 17-17 at the half, the first of the Aggies' 44 unanswered points as the rallied from being down 17-10. At the 8:04 mark of the third quarter, Turbin tiptoed down the sideline and dove inside the pylon to the endzone to cap off a 31-yard scamper that put USU ahead, 30-17.
USU'S KEETON NAMED RIVALS.COM NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK -- Utah State football player Chuckie Keeton has been named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his performance in the season-opener at Auburn on Sept. 3.
Keeton, a native of Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), was 21-of-30 passing for 213 yards and added two rushing TD's as part of 33 rushing yards in his Aggie debut in USU's hard-fought 42-38 loss at defending national champion No. 23/19 Auburn Saturday. Keeton is believed to be the first Aggie freshman to start a USU season-opener in at least the modern era. Keeton is also the first Aggie freshman to start a game at QB since Riley Nelson in 2006.
"Chuckie is a special player," USU head coach Gary Andersen said in his post-game interview. "I promise you no one is hurt more, even though he has been with us for a short period of time. We are in very good hands at the quarterback position. ... I love Chuckie Keeton. I have loved Chuckie Keeton since I walked into his living room."
AGGIE NOTES FROM LAST GAME vs. SAN JOSE STATE - Nov. 12 --
-- Saturday was not only USU's second game in a row in rallying from down double digits and scoring the game-winning TD in the final minute, but it was also the second year in a row that the Aggies rallied from down double digits and scored in the final minute against San Jose State, as last year at San Jose, Derrvin Speight scored a 15-yard TD run with 34 seconds left to give USU a 38-34 win over SJSU, rallying from down 10-0.
-- USU's game-winning score with 47 seconds is No. 9 on the Aggies' last-minute game-winning scores since 1991.
-- The rally from down 12 points (33-21) is tied for No. 4 on USU's double-digit deficit rally since 1991.
-- Saturday was USU's sixth game this season decided by one score, the second-most in the country behind Louisville, who played in its seventh of the season on Saturday with a 21-14 home loss to Pittsburgh.
-- Seven of the last nine meetings between USU and SJSU have been decided by one score.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin had 128 yards Saturday, giving him 1,049 for the season, marking the 15th time that an Aggie running back has reached the 1,000-yard mark... Turbin is the 10th different USU running back to reach the four-digit yardage mark.
-- Turbin becomes just the fifth Aggie back to reach 1,000 yards in two seasons, joining Louie Giammona (1974, 1975), Emmett White (2000, 2001), Rick Parros (1977, 1979) and Roger Grant (1990, 1991).
-- With two TD's Saturday, Turbin tied his own USU single-season total TD record of 18 set in 2009... He also tied Abu Wilson (1996) for the school record for single-season rushing TD's with 16.
-- Now with 108 points on the season, Turbin is just two points shy of his own singe-season scoring record of 110 points set in 2009.
-- The 128 yards was Turbin's sixth 100-yard rushing game this season and 14th career 100-yard rushing outing, entering Saturday as just one of 18 active FBS players with 10 or more 100-yard games.
-- With 128 yards Saturday, Turbin now has 2,847 yards for his career, moving past Aggie great Emmett White (1998-2001) for No. 5 spot on USU's Career Rushing list... White had 2,791 yards for his career... With 153 more yards, Turbin would become just the fifth Aggie running back with 3,000 career yards.
-- Turbin's two TD's give him 37 career rushing TD's, tying Demario Brown (1996-99) for No. 2 on USU's Career Rushing TD list and padding Turbin's school record Career Total TD mark with 46.
-- Turbin moved up to No. 13 on the WAC's Career Rushing list, maintaining his spot at No. 9 on the WAC's Career Total TD list., while moving up to No. 33 on the WAC's Career Rushing Yards list.
-- With 12 tackles Saturday, senior LB Bobby Wagner now has 407 career stops, becoming just the third USU player since 1979 and the fourth WAC player in the same span to reach the 400-career tackle milestone... Wagner maintained his spot at No. 3 on USU's Career Tackles list and No. 4 on the WAC's Career Tackles list.
-- Sophomore PK Josh Thompson broke the USU Single-Season PAT record, as Saturday's four PAT's give him 41 for the season, passing Brad Bohn's 39 extra points in his freshman season of 1997... Thompson also tied Bohn's mark from that same season for single-season extra points attempted with 43, as Thompson is now 41-of-43 (.953), ranking No. 7 on the single-season PAT percentage list.
-- SJSU's field goal on its opening possession was the second time that the opponent scored on its first possession of the game, also doing so in the Wyoming game.
-- Saturday was the third time this season that the opponent had scored first, and USU is now 2-1 when doing so.
-- After not trailing at halftime in its first seven games of the season, USU has now trailed at the break in the last two games, and won both.
-- The Aggies were also behind entering the fourth quarter for the second game in a row and just the third time this season, joining the season-opener at Auburn and are now 2-1 when doing so, after holding six fourth quarter leads this season, going 2-4 in those six games.
-- SJSU's Tyler Ervin 95-yard kickoff return was the second yielded by USU this season, after the 97-yarder by Auburn's Tre Mason.
-- Senior WR Stanley Morrison snared a reception in his 33rd-consecutive game in his career, which leads the WAC.
-- Morrison also saw his first action at QB as an Aggie in the third quarter... Morrison was a QB in high school.
-- Senior WR Eric Moats also now has at least one catch in last nine games and 31 of 33 career games played.
-- After only one TD catch in the first seven games of the season, junior WR Matt Austin now has two TD catches in the last two games, snaring one in the first quarter last week at Hawai'i and the game-winner Saturday.
-- Senior RB Michael Smith's 77-yard TD run was not only a career-long but also the 15th-longest rushing play in school history... After a seven year quiet period, USU has put three marks on the list in the last three years, led by Robert Turbin's school-record 96-yard run at Utah along with Turbin's 80-yard run in the BYU game this season, tied for No. 11 on the list.
-- Smith now has four runs of 50+ yards this season, including two TD's, joining the 60-yard TD run in the Weber State game.
-- Junior QB Adam Kennedy made his first start of USU career.
-- Senior LB Bobby Wagner made his 36th-straight start and 41st overall of his career, leading the Aggies in both categories.
-- Senior OL Philip Gapelu started for the 32nd-consecutive game and 37th game of his career overall, ranking second on the team in both.
-- Junior RB Robert Turbin started for the 32nd time of his career, but ninth since the 2009 season-finale after missing the entire 2010 season with an injury.
-- USU is now:
WHIPPER-SNAPPER -- Nate Needham is one of 19 long snappers in the country who is a freshman, including one of eight who are redshirt-freshmen.
Player School True/Redshirt John Broussard Louisiana True Marius Burgsmueller Idaho True Joe Cardona Navy True Allan D'Appollonio Arkansas True Will Denny Ole Miss Redshirt Matt Dooley Indiana True Grant Donovan Louisville Redshirt Andrew East Vanderbilt Redshirt Josh Elias Arizona True Zach Ewan Wyoming True Logan Feimster Wake Forest Redshirt Matt Fortin Virginia Redshirt Matt Giampapa Michigan State True Reed Gordon Mississippi State Redshirt Mike Molinari West Virginia Redshirt Nate Needham UTAH STATE REDSHIRT Ben Risenhoover Louisiana-Monroe True Sam Rodgers Syracuse True Scott Thompson NC State TrueRETURNING FROM INJURY -- Seven players return to action after missing most or all of the 2010 season with injury: junior WR Matt Austin, senior TE Kellen Bartlett, senior OL Robert Hill, senior WR Stanley Morrison, junior CB Jamaine Olson, senior RB Michael Smith, junior RB Robert Turbin and senior LB Reuben Willis.
NEW D SCHEME -- Utah State's defense is changing from a 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 alignment.
WHISTLE SHUFFLE -- USU head coach Gary Andersen shuffled his coaching staff around and had some changes on his staff... Andersen will handle defensive coordinator duties, while Bill Busch will be the associate head coach/special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach... Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin will shift to tight ends this season after coaching quarterbacks last year... Former Aggie player Matt Wells joined the USU staff in January and will be the quarterbacks coach... T.J. Woods is shifting from tight ends coach to offensive line coach, replacing Alex Gerke, who left the staff... Former Aggie player Frank Maile will be the defensive line coach, moving up from defensive graduate assistant to replace Chad Kauha'aha'a, who joined the Utah staff... Kendrick Shaver joined the USU staff in February and will be the Aggies' cornerbacks coach, replacing Corey Raymond who left for Indiana and later Nebraska... A pair of former University of Utah players Robert Conley and Spencer Toone were added to the staff as graduate assistants... Conley, a four-year starting offensive lineman, will be the offensive graduate assistant while Toone, a two-time all-Mountain West Conference selection and a two-year NFL player, will be the defensive graduate assistant.
BIOS NOT IN 2011 FOOTBALL GUIDE --
50 Jefferson Court
A three-time all-state selection at Alta HS, helping the Hawks to a 13-1 record and the Utah Class 5A state title his senior season... Posted 106 tackles with seven sacks his senior season... Also a two-year starter on the AHS baseball team, driving in 40 RBI as a senior, and a one-year starter in basketball, earning all-state honors his senior season, combining for five total letters in the two sports... A Utah Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete honoree as a senior... Also an academic all-state honoree in baseball and basketball... Son of Daniel and Pamela Court... Has four sisters and one brother... Served LDS Church Mission to Anaheim, Calif. from May 2009-11... Chose USU because of football program... Intends on majoring in exercise science with future aspirations of being a doctor.
13 Tanner Curtis
Earned first-team Utah Class 4A all-state honors at East HS as a quarterback by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, as well as first-team all-region... The dual-threat signal-caller rushed for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns while tossing for 1,113 yards with 13 scores and only two INT's as a senior, in helping the Leopards finish with an 8-3 overall record and a 4-2 record in Region 6, losing in the 4A quarterfinals... Was also named the Utah Blaze Ironman of the Year... Also a four-year letterwinner and starter for the EHS baseball team playing outfield and pitcher, earning second-team all-state honors by both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, helping the Leopards to the state semi-finals his senior season... Also a two-year letterwinner and one-year starter on the basketball team... Son of Kyle and Barbara Curtis... Has three brothers... Chose USU because of academic success and the football program.
44 Jacob Haueter
Participated in spring drills at Boise State before transferring to Utah State... A first-team all-Greater Oregon League placekicker and second-team punter in senior season at Ontario HS... Also a first-team all-Argus selection as a kicker by the Argus Observer... Was 6-of-12 on field goals with a long of 40 yards, and made 67 PAT's as a senior, and also booted 92 kickoffs with 29 touchbacks... Also punted 12 times with a 38.0 yards per punt average with a long of 62 yards and with two inside the 20... A three-year letterwinner in basketball, earning all-state honors as well as first-team all-league and the league MVP honors, netting 18.0 points and 3.2 assists per game as a senior, helping OHS to the state tournament... Son of Mark and Cori Haueter... Has two brothers and one sister... Served LDS Church Mission to San Antonio, Texas from 2009-11... Intends on majoring in business or pre-med with future plans to own his own company or be a dentist... Chose USU because of campus and community environment, which will allow him to become his best.
14 Taylor Hughes
Named to the SCFA all-conference team at Orange Coast CC after throwing for 1,992 yards with 17 TD's in nine games played, while also rushing for five scores... Also received Orange Coast CC's Captain Award... Earned all-CIF and Pacific League Offensive Player of the Year honors at Corona del Mar HS after throwing for 2,289 yards on 141 completions with 22 TD's... Set several school records, including most completions in a game (25), most passing yards (2,289), highest completion percentage (59.5) and most total offense yards (2,452)... Son of Joseph and Staci Hughes... Has one sister... Majoring in communication studies at Utah State... Chose USU because of football program.
80 Chuck Jacobs
Led Laney JC with 27 catches for 238 yards with two TD's... Also had six punt returns for 54 yards (9.0 ypr) as well as 13 kick returns for 386 yards (29.7 ypr), leading the Eagles in both kick returns and kick return yardage... Played football at Kennedy HS... Also lettered on the Kennedy basketball team, helping the Eagles to a 27-6 record in senior season... Also lettered in track & field at KHS... Son of Jesse and JoAnn Jacobs... Has seven sisters and five brothers... Chose USU because of coaching staff and the football program.
64 Josh Larmay
Played one season at Minnesota State-Moorhead, starting in one game for the Dragons in 2010... Was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at West DePere HS, earning first-team all-Bay Conference honors as a senior and second-team all-Area honors... Played both offensive and defensive line, posting 13 sacks in senior season... Helped lead the Phantoms to three Bay Conference titles... Was team captain in senior season... Also a one-year letterwinner in track & field... Son of Andy and Dyan Larmay... Has three younger brothers... Majoring in criminal justice at Utah State with future plans of being a police officer once his football career is over... Chose USU because of football program and felt was best opportunity for him to reach his goals.