Utah State Football Has Another Productive Practice and Visits Sea World Two Days Prior to Poinsettia Bowl
Darell Garretson, Jamie Markosian, Chuckie Keeton, Head Coach Matt Wells and AJ Pataiali'i at Sea World.

Dec. 24, 2013

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

Two days prior to its San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State's football team had another busy day in San Diego as it spent the morning in meetings and practice, followed by an afternoon at Sea World.

"Our players were attentive this morning during our meetings and then we went out and had a good, focused workout that lasted a little over an hour," said Utah State head coach Matt Wells."

Following practice the team ate lunch at its practice facility on the San Diego State campus and then spent the afternoon at Sea World, where senior offensive guard Jamie Markosian, senior nose guard AJ Pataiali'i, junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton and freshman quarterback Darell Garretson joined Coach Wells at the Dolphin Encounter as all five had the opportunity to feed the dolphins and play catch with the marine mammals.

"I thought Sea World was a great experience for our players and a good opportunity to expose them to everything it has to offer. Being able to play with the dolphins was a fun experience for all of us, and it was a lot like a typical football day with some bad passes and even a few dropped passes by the dolphins. Overall, it was a very relaxing and fun environment for the team."

"It was definitely something that I won't forget," said Keeton. "Being that close to dolphins was great to begin with, but to be splashed and set up so badly was probably more memorable. It's a great time so far."

The team spent a total of four hours at Sea World visiting the various attractions, before gathering for dinner and spending the rest of the evening with some free time to explore San Diego.



Utah State (8-5, 7-1 MW) will conclude its 2013 season in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0) on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Huskies.

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