Dec. 12, 2012
BOISE, Idaho - Utah State football held its first practice in Boise Wednesday morning at the Caven-Williams Indoor Facility on the BSU campus in preparations for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. In all, USU practiced for approximately two hours.
"I felt like we definitely could have practiced better today," said senior running back Kerwynn Williams. "We started out kind of slow in the beginning, but I think we picked it up at the end and started to pick up our consistency and did it right."
"We know what to expect at practice and everything like that and I think the experience from last year is definitely helping us prepare. I think everyone is a little bit more comfortable with the situation we're in right now. Everyone was real excited last year and this year, we're a little bit more focused, as well as excited to be here," Williams added.
Fourth-year Utah State head coach Gary Andersen was also pleased with how his team handled the morning practice.
"I thought it was good," said Andersen. "We've been an early-morning get up team all year long and I thought they handled it well, just like they have all year long. It was a good, crisp, clean practice. We were in and out fairly quick and now they can go and enjoy the day. I know they're looking forward to that."
Following lunch, Utah State went go-kart racing at Fast Lane Indoor Kart Racing, where senior wide receiver Chuck Jacobs recorded the fastest lap of the day.
"I kind of told all of them that I was going to take it, I was going to try and finish in first," said Jacobs. "Will (Davis) was talking about how he was going to take it, so we had a little battle outside of the field in the go-karts. It was good. I was feeling like I was a NASCAR driver out there. I was a little like Jeff Gordon."
Having the chance to get away from football for a while also made the go-kart experience fun for Jacobs.
"It's good. It helps you take your mind off of football so you don't have to worry too much about the game. It's just like being a little kid in a candy store, there's always something extra to do," Jacobs added.
After the go-karts, the team had free time at their hotel, and will end their evening with the Agri Beef Famous Steak `n Potatoes Dinner.
On Thursday, Utah State will address the media in a press conference at Noon before holding its second practice in Boise in the afternoon. Fans will then have the opportunity to tune into the Aggie Radio Sports Network at 5 p.m., to listen to a bonus Gary Andersen Coaches' Show live from Boise as the head coach and a few select players will talk about the time they have spent in Boise, along with previewing Saturday's game against Toledo. Following the radio show, the team will take part in the annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. MST at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Bowl will feature the Toledo Rockets (9-3) of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) against the No. 18 Utah State Aggies (10-2) of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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