USU Football's Eric Moats Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Journal - Day 2
Utah State football practiced for the first time in Boise in preparation for Saturday's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU also had a go-karting activity and had a steak and potatoes dinner.

Dec. 15, 2011

BOISE, Idaho - Aggie senior WR Eric Moats will be submitting journal entries throughout the week at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Moats has been submitting weekly blogs throughout the season, and will be sharing his thoughts about the Aggies' preparations for the Bowl game.

Today it felt good to get back out and practice in the morning. We started off the day waking up and eating breakfast then having meetings and heading off to practice. For a team with no bowl experience, I feel as if we had a very good first practice. After the long day yesterday, we did a good job of coming out with good intensity and focus and having a great practice. It was all crazy to us that we only two more days until the game and we are getting very excited to go out and play.

Following practice, we had lunch then headed off to a bowl activity which was "Go Karting". We all got to go in heats at this very nice place that had the whole experience of wearing the helmets and keeping track of lap times, the whole nine yards as they say. It was a great way for us to get a little friendly competition amongst the team (which honestly never ends). There was also some arcade games that everybody was having a great time on as well. The event really gave us the chance to reveal the kid in ourselves and just have a good time. For the record I think Nate Needham had the best time for a while and nobody even got close to his time, until the end when Rashard Stewart and Tanner Curtis barely topped it.

The rest of the afternoon was an opportunity for free time, and for many of us to catch up on a little sleep with a bit of a nap, and then we headed off to an amazing dinner of prime rib, baked potatoes and cheesecake. That was probably one of the best meals I've eaten with the team in my time here, that's just one of the perks of going to a bowl. Boise has done an amazing job so far of allowing us to stay here and have helped this bowl experience be very special so far.



After dinner we had free time and a lot of the players went to watch the Idaho Stampede, the NBA D-League team. Team bonding has been easy and fun and the basketball game was just another example of us being able to go somewhere as a team not because we have to but because we enjoy spending time as a team. Not everyone went but there were a lot of players there interacting with each other and the locals as well. The rest of the night was more free time and everyone got another chance to see Boise however they wished. Tomorrow will be a similar day and then will come Friday when we start getting in game mode. It will come quick but we are all enjoying the experience so far and can't wait to see the fans up here as well.
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