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He had 55 tackles, eight for loss and four quarterback sacks in 2... It appears Utah State's defense will get some much anticipated help in the near future with David Moala, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive tackle, tweeting that he was finally in Logan late Wednesday night. Moala originally signed with Arizona State out of high school and redshirted his first season. He was dismissed for a violation of team standards and landed at Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, Calif., where he has excelled. He had 55 tackles, eight for loss and four quarterback sacks in 2... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58320760@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:38:02 MDT Soccer team ready to kick off season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58317259-55/soccer-state-team-aggies.html.csp Utah State's soccer team kicks off the season, pun intended, with road matches at Arkansas on Friday and Missouri State on Sunday. The Aggies played Weber State to a 1-1 result in an exhibition match last week. Last year Arkansas edged USU 3-2 in overtime. Sunday's meeting with Missouri State is the first for the Aggies. USU hopes it can be a team to reckon with in the Mountain West this season with seven starters returning from last year's team that advanced to the semifinals of the league tour... Utah State's soccer team kicks off the season, pun intended, with road matches at Arkansas on Friday and Missouri State on Sunday. The Aggies played Weber State to a 1-1 result in an exhibition match last week. Last year Arkansas edged USU 3-2 in overtime. Sunday's meeting with Missouri State is the first for the Aggies. USU hopes it can be a team to reckon with in the Mountain West this season with seven starters returning from last year's team that advanced to the semifinals of the league tour... 58317259@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:57:02 MDT Aggies close practice as they prepare for Vols http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58317237-55/aggies-scrimmage-tuesday-yards.html.csp Heads up for Aggie fans hoping to take in some of the few remaining practices scheduled for camp, with the Aggies turning their attention to Tennessee, coach Matt Wells has decided to close practice to the public and media. Wells said following Tuesday's scrimmage he was happy with the team's development through camp. USU used Tuesday's scrimmage primarily as an evaluation of the second and third string players. "We're all Aggies now," he said. "As coaches we will get in and grind through the ta... Heads up for Aggie fans hoping to take in some of the few remaining practices scheduled for camp, with the Aggies turning their attention to Tennessee, coach Matt Wells has decided to close practice to the public and media. Wells said following Tuesday's scrimmage he was happy with the team's development through camp. USU used Tuesday's scrimmage primarily as an evaluation of the second and third string players. "We're all Aggies now," he said. "As coaches we will get in and grind through the ta... 58317237@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:47:02 MDT New football ticket policy in place for students http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58313533-55/students-doggett-games-monday.html.csp Sprinting for seats in Romney Stadium has always been a fun but rather dangerous part of home football games for Aggie students. But entrance into the stadium is changing this year in an effort to make the event more safe and to allow students more time to tailgate. This year students can pick up tickets for home games starting on the Monday the week of the game at the TSC Card Office from 7 a.m.-noon on Monday and also at the Spectrum Ticket office at noon on Monday. Students will be able to se... Sprinting for seats in Romney Stadium has always been a fun but rather dangerous part of home football games for Aggie students. But entrance into the stadium is changing this year in an effort to make the event more safe and to allow students more time to tailgate. This year students can pick up tickets for home games starting on the Monday the week of the game at the TSC Card Office from 7 a.m.-noon on Monday and also at the Spectrum Ticket office at noon on Monday. Students will be able to se... 58313533@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:03 MDT Aggies picked to finish third in volleyball poll, holds scrimmage tonight http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58313455-55/aggies-state-team-finish.html.csp The Aggies' volleyball team, which is holding its annual Blue-White scrimmage tonight at 7 p.m. at the Wayne Estes Center, was picked to finish third in the Mountain West preseason poll while hitter Elle Brainard was named to the preseason All-MW team. The Aggies received 81 points to finish behind five-time defending champion Colorado State (97) and New Mexico (91). Rounding out the poll were San Diego State (73), Wyoming (55), Boise State (54), UNLV (50), Fresno State (40), air Force (31), San... The Aggies' volleyball team, which is holding its annual Blue-White scrimmage tonight at 7 p.m. at the Wayne Estes Center, was picked to finish third in the Mountain West preseason poll while hitter Elle Brainard was named to the preseason All-MW team. The Aggies received 81 points to finish behind five-time defending champion Colorado State (97) and New Mexico (91). Rounding out the poll were San Diego State (73), Wyoming (55), Boise State (54), UNLV (50), Fresno State (40), air Force (31), San... 58313455@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:34:01 MDT Aggies to host tennis clinic in SLC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58313444-55/tennis-clinic-lake-salt.html.csp On Thursday, the Aggies' tennis team will host a clinic Salt Lake City starting at 5:45 p.m. at the Salt Lake Tennis Club. The clinic is open to all ages and skill levels for a cost of $20. For more information, contact women's coach Sean McInerney at sean.mcinerney@usu.edu or men's coach Clancy Shields at clancy.shields@usu.edu. The men's tennis team returns the top four players in singles wins from last year while the women's team returns all of its top players, including McKenzie Davis who se... On Thursday, the Aggies' tennis team will host a clinic Salt Lake City starting at 5:45 p.m. at the Salt Lake Tennis Club. The clinic is open to all ages and skill levels for a cost of $20. For more information, contact women's coach Sean McInerney at sean.mcinerney@usu.edu or men's coach Clancy Shields at clancy.shields@usu.edu. The men's tennis team returns the top four players in singles wins from last year while the women's team returns all of its top players, including McKenzie Davis who se... 58313444@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:32:01 MDT Aggies all about defining roles in next scrimmage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58310936-55/aggies-scrimmage-football-hawaii.html.csp The Aggies closed out their two-a-day on Monday with an eye toward Tuesday's 6 p.m. scrimmage, which will serve as the final evaluation for the coaches as they define the depth charts. "We need to start defining who our third, fourth and fifth running backs are and our fifth, sixth receivers," Utah State coach Matt Wells said of the scrimmage. "We need to start carving our identity around them." Wells said the Aggies will split the reps between the ones, twos and threes and spend more time on sp... The Aggies closed out their two-a-day on Monday with an eye toward Tuesday's 6 p.m. scrimmage, which will serve as the final evaluation for the coaches as they define the depth charts. "We need to start defining who our third, fourth and fifth running backs are and our fifth, sixth receivers," Utah State coach Matt Wells said of the scrimmage. "We need to start carving our identity around them." Wells said the Aggies will split the reps between the ones, twos and threes and spend more time on sp... 58310936@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:33:02 MDT Aggies receive vote in AP poll http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58307438-55/poll-received-state-aggies.html.csp The Aggies received one vote in the AP poll released Sunday, which was at least one more than Tennessee, their opponent in the season opener, received. Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State were the Top 5. Other teams of interest to Aggie fans that received votes were Boise State which had 10 and BYU, which had eight. The Aggies received one vote in the AP poll released Sunday, which was at least one more than Tennessee, their opponent in the season opener, received. Florida State, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State were the Top 5. Other teams of interest to Aggie fans that received votes were Boise State which had 10 and BYU, which had eight. 58307438@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:28:02 MDT Aggies showing off depth http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58305432-55/yards-aggies-depth-receptions.html.csp Utah State coach Matt Wells is obviously disappointed the Aggies won't have the services of linebacker Alex Huerta this season after Huerta had surgery to repair his injured shoulder. However, Wells said Huerta's absence is minimized thanks to the depth the Aggies have at linebacker. "They're all interchangeable," he said following Saturday's scrimmage. It seems that could be the theme for the Aggies this season. Utah State is showing a lot of depth at receiver, linebacker and running back posi... Utah State coach Matt Wells is obviously disappointed the Aggies won't have the services of linebacker Alex Huerta this season after Huerta had surgery to repair his injured shoulder. However, Wells said Huerta's absence is minimized thanks to the depth the Aggies have at linebacker. "They're all interchangeable," he said following Saturday's scrimmage. It seems that could be the theme for the Aggies this season. Utah State is showing a lot of depth at receiver, linebacker and running back posi... 58305432@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:40:21 MDT Aggies hope to entertain big crowd Saturday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58302545-55/defense-fans-saturday-scrimmage.html.csp Utah State coach Matt Wells is calling on Aggie fans to fill the lower bowl Saturday when the Aggies scrimmage at 6 p.m. at Romney Stadium. The scrimmage is the highlight of the day for Aggie fans, who can participate in the Football Family Fun Day which starts at 5 p.m. "Saturday's scrimmage is going to be a big deal for us to get out in front of all the fans," he said. "Hopefully we can get that whole lower bowl filled in. I'd like to do that and give them a show on offense and defense." With ... Utah State coach Matt Wells is calling on Aggie fans to fill the lower bowl Saturday when the Aggies scrimmage at 6 p.m. at Romney Stadium. The scrimmage is the highlight of the day for Aggie fans, who can participate in the Football Family Fun Day which starts at 5 p.m. "Saturday's scrimmage is going to be a big deal for us to get out in front of all the fans," he said. "Hopefully we can get that whole lower bowl filled in. I'd like to do that and give them a show on offense and defense." With ... 58302545@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:51:51 MDT USU soccer team in action Saturday http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58301365-55/aggies-season-soccer-action.html.csp Utah State's soccer team will be in action this weekend as it plays Weber State at noon on Saturday at WSU's Wildcat soccer field in an exhibition contest. Last year the Wildcats beat the Aggies 1-0 in the regular season, but the Aggies still lead the series 9-6-1. The Aggies hope to contend for a league title this season with 17 letter winners and seven starters returning from the 2013 season when the Aggies went 10-7-5. Utah State's soccer team will be in action this weekend as it plays Weber State at noon on Saturday at WSU's Wildcat soccer field in an exhibition contest. Last year the Wildcats beat the Aggies 1-0 in the regular season, but the Aggies still lead the series 9-6-1. The Aggies hope to contend for a league title this season with 17 letter winners and seven starters returning from the 2013 season when the Aggies went 10-7-5. 58301365@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:51:20 MDT Vols' Worley or USU's Keeton, which QB has more pressure? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58300586-55/worley-jones-keeton-pressure.html.csp Sounds like the Tennessee Vols have settled on a quarterback as coach Butch Jones announced Thursday senior Justin Worley will start against Utah State when the teams meet on Aug. 31. Jones said at a press conference Worley was playing the best football of his career and gave the Vols their best chance to win. He beat out Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman for the job. Like Utah State's Chuckie Keeton, Worley's 2013 season ended early. He was sidelined with a thumb injury in October, finishing his... Sounds like the Tennessee Vols have settled on a quarterback as coach Butch Jones announced Thursday senior Justin Worley will start against Utah State when the teams meet on Aug. 31. Jones said at a press conference Worley was playing the best football of his career and gave the Vols their best chance to win. He beat out Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman for the job. Like Utah State's Chuckie Keeton, Worley's 2013 season ended early. He was sidelined with a thumb injury in October, finishing his... 58300586@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:51:19 MDT USU coaches get iced in challenge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58300774-55/challenge-state-als-association.html.csp The Aggies are working hard in camp, but the preseason isn't without its fun. Utah State coaches participated in an ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for the ALS Association, a charity dedicated to fighting the condition, also called Lou Gehrig's disease. The challenge has gone viral throughout the country with football teams and TV and movie celebrities getting into the action. The idea is to get doused, then post pics and videos on social media that also include challenges for others to ... The Aggies are working hard in camp, but the preseason isn't without its fun. Utah State coaches participated in an ice bucket challenge to raise awareness for the ALS Association, a charity dedicated to fighting the condition, also called Lou Gehrig's disease. The challenge has gone viral throughout the country with football teams and TV and movie celebrities getting into the action. The idea is to get doused, then post pics and videos on social media that also include challenges for others to ... 58300774@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:51:19 MDT Keeton on Manning Award watch list http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58299179-55/list-watch-award-keeton.html.csp Quarterback Chuckie Keeton was among the 32 quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Watch List. Keeton has also been named to the Heismanpundit/CBSports.com Heisman Trophy, Watch List, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List and the Maxwell CSU's Garrett Grayson and Nevada's Cody Fajardo were other Mountain West quarterbacks on the list. Quarterback Chuckie Keeton was among the 32 quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Watch List. Keeton has also been named to the Heismanpundit/CBSports.com Heisman Trophy, Watch List, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List and the Maxwell CSU's Garrett Grayson and Nevada's Cody Fajardo were other Mountain West quarterbacks on the list. 58299179@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:48:01 MDT Aggies' defense provides practice highlights http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58299171-55/defense-defensive-named-practice.html.csp Travis Seefeldt had one of the best hits in Tuesday's scrimmage and the junior defensive lineman was at it again with solid play on Thursday as he was named the Defensive Player of the Day following the Aggies' afternoon practice session. Utah State coach Matt Wells said the the defense won the morning session and the teams were fairly even in the afternoon sessions by his estimation. "The offense dominated both two-minute drills out of the gate and then I thought the defense played really well ... Travis Seefeldt had one of the best hits in Tuesday's scrimmage and the junior defensive lineman was at it again with solid play on Thursday as he was named the Defensive Player of the Day following the Aggies' afternoon practice session. Utah State coach Matt Wells said the the defense won the morning session and the teams were fairly even in the afternoon sessions by his estimation. "The offense dominated both two-minute drills out of the gate and then I thought the defense played really well ... 58299171@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:46:53 MDT Aggies announce luncheon schedule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/58299186-55/luncheons-members-nov-oct.html.csp Utah State fans will get their chance to pepper their lunch, and pepper coach Matt Wells with questions, during several luncheons scheduled for the season. The Aggies will hold their first kickoff luncheon on Aug. 25 in Logan at the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex. The kickoff luncheon is just one of eight scheduled to be held in Cache Valley with others scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 while four will be held in Salt Lake City on Sept... Utah State fans will get their chance to pepper their lunch, and pepper coach Matt Wells with questions, during several luncheons scheduled for the season. The Aggies will hold their first kickoff luncheon on Aug. 25 in Logan at the Jim and Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex. The kickoff luncheon is just one of eight scheduled to be held in Cache Valley with others scheduled for Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 while four will be held in Salt Lake City on Sept... 58299186@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:46:53 MDT