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If that thought sounds like a stretch, well, Garretson hopes to prove the doubters wrong. “Practice has gone well,... Jonesboro, Ark. • The Utah State Aggies might be down a quarterback, but they certainly aren’t down on their hopes for a win when they play at Arkansas State on Saturday. Sophomore Darell Garretson, who will start in place of injured quarterback Chuckie Keeton, gives the Aggies just as good a chance of beating the Red Wolves as the guy the Aggies were pushing for the Heisman Trophy. If that thought sounds like a stretch, well, Garretson hopes to prove the doubters wrong. “Practice has gone well,... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58433327@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:17:50 MDT USU basketball: Mountain West TV package includes 18 Aggies games http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58429653-77/mountain-west-state-network.html.csp Colorado Springs, Colo. • Eighteen Utah State men’s basketball games will be televised this season, the Mountain West Conference has announced. The league unveiled its broadcast package for 2014-15 on Thursday, which will include a total of over 100 games on a regional and national basis. The games will be carried on CBS, the CBS Sports Network, the ESPN family of networks, Root Sports and the Mountain West Network. Utah State’s first TV appearance comes Nov. 19, when the Aggies play host to San... Colorado Springs, Colo. • Eighteen Utah State men’s basketball games will be televised this season, the Mountain West Conference has announced. The league unveiled its broadcast package for 2014-15 on Thursday, which will include a total of over 100 games on a regional and national basis. The games will be carried on CBS, the CBS Sports Network, the ESPN family of networks, Root Sports and the Mountain West Network. Utah State’s first TV appearance comes Nov. 19, when the Aggies play host to San... 58429653@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:29:01 MDT Utah State football: Natson leading every which way for Aggies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58425310-77/natson-yards-aggies-utah.html.csp With a soft-spoken voice and slight frame, Utah receiver JoJo Natson is a wisp of a player standing around his bigger teammates. But don’t underestimate that thin body (5-foot-7, 151 pounds). It’s the same one that gets him lost in a group and making him one of the hardest guys to bring down on the field. Natson is proving to be one of the best all-around offensive threats the Aggies have. He is tied for first in the nation with one punt return for a touchdown and is 15th nationally in punt retu... With a soft-spoken voice and slight frame, Utah receiver JoJo Natson is a wisp of a player standing around his bigger teammates. But don’t underestimate that thin body (5-foot-7, 151 pounds). It’s the same one that gets him lost in a group and making him one of the hardest guys to bring down on the field. Natson is proving to be one of the best all-around offensive threats the Aggies have. He is tied for first in the nation with one punt return for a touchdown and is 15th nationally in punt retu... 58425310@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:00:36 MDT Utah State football: A.D. says 13-game schedule too much for players http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58420994-77/state-game-aggies-utah.html.csp Logan • Call Saturday’s game at Arkansas State a bit of a bonus game for the Utah State Aggies. In the future, if Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes has his way, such a game won’t happen. This season’s schedule was one of the most difficult for Barnes to put together because the Aggies had two major changes. Their game with Boise State, originally scheduled as a non-conference game, became a league game during conference realignment, and Utah bought its way out of a game against the Aggie... Logan • Call Saturday’s game at Arkansas State a bit of a bonus game for the Utah State Aggies. In the future, if Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes has his way, such a game won’t happen. This season’s schedule was one of the most difficult for Barnes to put together because the Aggies had two major changes. Their game with Boise State, originally scheduled as a non-conference game, became a league game during conference realignment, and Utah bought its way out of a game against the Aggie... 58420994@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:21:03 MDT Utah State football: Keeton still sidelined, Garretson will start http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58416529-77/garretson-keeton-season-state.html.csp Logan • The Utah State Aggies are Darell Garretson’s team again, for another week, anyway. Garretson, the sophomore quarterback who became the starter last season when Chuckie Keeton suffered a season-ending knee injury, will start Saturday when the Aggies play at Arkansas State. Keeton’s left knee is banged up to the point he can’t play, but he isn’t out for the season, Utah State coach Matt Wells said Monday. “We’ll re-evaluate him before the BYU week,” Wells said. The Aggies are off next wee... Logan • The Utah State Aggies are Darell Garretson’s team again, for another week, anyway. Garretson, the sophomore quarterback who became the starter last season when Chuckie Keeton suffered a season-ending knee injury, will start Saturday when the Aggies play at Arkansas State. Keeton’s left knee is banged up to the point he can’t play, but he isn’t out for the season, Utah State coach Matt Wells said Monday. “We’ll re-evaluate him before the BYU week,” Wells said. The Aggies are off next wee... 58416529@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:41:08 MDT USU Football: Defense feeling good after win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58413320-77/aggies-saturday-defense-yards.html.csp Despite all the dynamic play of Chuckie Keeton and the heroic efforts of his backup Darell Garretson, Utah State’s defense reminded all with Saturday’s 36-24 win over Wake Forest that it often is the greatest factor in determining the team’s success. That trend has the Aggies feeling rather good about themselves going forward, regardless of what happens at the quarterback spot. Garretson might be the guy who leads the offense this week against Arkansas State and possibly longer if Keeton can’t ... Despite all the dynamic play of Chuckie Keeton and the heroic efforts of his backup Darell Garretson, Utah State’s defense reminded all with Saturday’s 36-24 win over Wake Forest that it often is the greatest factor in determining the team’s success. That trend has the Aggies feeling rather good about themselves going forward, regardless of what happens at the quarterback spot. Garretson might be the guy who leads the offense this week against Arkansas State and possibly longer if Keeton can’t ... 58413320@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:00:00 MDT Utah State football: Vigil brothers help defense make history http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411624-77/vigil-usu-yards-forest.html.csp Logan • Utah State coach Matt Wells kidded linebacker Zach Vigil about taking so long to reach the end zone during his 35-yard interception return Saturday night. When his turn came during the postgame news conference, Vigil didn’t contest his coach’s description. “I was happy I caught it, for one,” Vigil said. But then, “I thought I was going to get caught. I’m not too quick.” Maybe so, but he managed to score the Aggies’ first touchdown in a 36-24 defeat of Wake Forest. That pulled USU into a ... Logan • Utah State coach Matt Wells kidded linebacker Zach Vigil about taking so long to reach the end zone during his 35-yard interception return Saturday night. When his turn came during the postgame news conference, Vigil didn’t contest his coach’s description. “I was happy I caught it, for one,” Vigil said. But then, “I thought I was going to get caught. I’m not too quick.” Maybe so, but he managed to score the Aggies’ first touchdown in a 36-24 defeat of Wake Forest. That pulled USU into a ... 58411624@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:38:04 MDT Utah State football: Hunter Sharp shines for Aggies in win over Wake Forest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411836-77/yards-sharp-aggies-catches.html.csp Logan • Utah State lost one and gained one in the offensive star power category Saturday in the win over Wake Forest. Quarterback Chuckie Keeton didn’t play in the second half with an injury to his left leg, the same leg he hurt last season, but all was not bad news for the Aggies’ offense. Receiver Hunter Sharp paced the offense with 12 receptions for 138 yards. The junior college transfer has moved into a more prominent role since Brandon Swindall sustained a season-ending injury against Idaho... Logan • Utah State lost one and gained one in the offensive star power category Saturday in the win over Wake Forest. Quarterback Chuckie Keeton didn’t play in the second half with an injury to his left leg, the same leg he hurt last season, but all was not bad news for the Aggies’ offense. Receiver Hunter Sharp paced the offense with 12 receptions for 138 yards. The junior college transfer has moved into a more prominent role since Brandon Swindall sustained a season-ending injury against Idaho... 58411836@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:03:42 MDT College football: Utah State beats Wake Forest, but loses QB Keeton http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411333-77/keeton-state-utah-touchdown.html.csp Logan • Just a few days ago Utah State coach Matt Wells was talking about how unpredictable football seasons can be, relating it to last year’s adversity when Joe Hill and quarterback Chuckie Keeton suffered season-ending injuries. “You can’t predict anything,” he said. No you can’t, but you can feel a little déjà vu. The future looks uncertain once more for the Aggies’ offense as Keeton sat out the second half of the Aggies’ 36-24 win over Wake Forest (1-2) Saturday in Romney Stadium with a le... Logan • Just a few days ago Utah State coach Matt Wells was talking about how unpredictable football seasons can be, relating it to last year’s adversity when Joe Hill and quarterback Chuckie Keeton suffered season-ending injuries. “You can’t predict anything,” he said. No you can’t, but you can feel a little déjà vu. The future looks uncertain once more for the Aggies’ offense as Keeton sat out the second half of the Aggies’ 36-24 win over Wake Forest (1-2) Saturday in Romney Stadium with a le... 58411333@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:29:17 MDT Kragthorpe: Keeton's injury sends USU's backup into action again http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411334-77/garretson-usu-keeton-season.html.csp Logan Practically before anyone discovered that Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson no longer was standing on the sideline and signaling plays, a Wake Forest player was returning an interception of Garretson’s pass. Whoa. What just happened here? The tone of USU’s season changed during halftime of an eventual 36-24 win Saturday night at Romney Stadium. Of course, this is standard stuff for the Aggies in the Matt Wells era. Stop me if you’ve heard this story. USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton ... Logan Practically before anyone discovered that Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson no longer was standing on the sideline and signaling plays, a Wake Forest player was returning an interception of Garretson’s pass. Whoa. What just happened here? The tone of USU’s season changed during halftime of an eventual 36-24 win Saturday night at Romney Stadium. Of course, this is standard stuff for the Aggies in the Matt Wells era. Stop me if you’ve heard this story. USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton ... 58411334@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:24:04 MDT USU football: Aggies looking to increase season-ticket sales http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58402092-77/season-aggies-ticket-barnes.html.csp Logan • With several solid seasons behind them, the return of Chuckie Keeton and the exposure of being in a larger conference, the interest and buzz around Utah State football has increased this year. Surprisingly the interest hasn’t translated into more ticket sales. The Aggies are expecting to sell about 9,000 season tickets this year, which is about 1,000 less than they sold for 2013. The slight dip has athletic director Scott Barnes a little perplexed. “We’ll have to figure out why that is,... Logan • With several solid seasons behind them, the return of Chuckie Keeton and the exposure of being in a larger conference, the interest and buzz around Utah State football has increased this year. Surprisingly the interest hasn’t translated into more ticket sales. The Aggies are expecting to sell about 9,000 season tickets this year, which is about 1,000 less than they sold for 2013. The slight dip has athletic director Scott Barnes a little perplexed. “We’ll have to figure out why that is,... 58402092@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:48:33 MDT USU football: Whimpey embraces leadership role for Aggies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58398226-77/whimpey-aggies-state-kevin.html.csp Logan • While his teammates were still digesting the lopsided loss to Tennessee inside the visitor’s locker room at Neyland Stadium, offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey was sitting at a table in front of a large group of media members, calmly putting the game into perspective. He didn’t deny it was a good old-fashioned butt-whipping, but he kept the focus on the future, expounding on the virtues of painful learning experiences, reminding everyone that the Aggies could still win the Mountain West and... Logan • While his teammates were still digesting the lopsided loss to Tennessee inside the visitor’s locker room at Neyland Stadium, offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey was sitting at a table in front of a large group of media members, calmly putting the game into perspective. He didn’t deny it was a good old-fashioned butt-whipping, but he kept the focus on the future, expounding on the virtues of painful learning experiences, reminding everyone that the Aggies could still win the Mountain West and... 58398226@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:48:12 MDT Utah State football: Aggies need to play smarter, yet maintain aggressiveness http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58394249-77/aggies-wells-state-utah.html.csp Logan • Seeing his team penalized 14 times for 160 yards against Idaho State is a concern for Utah State coach Matt Wells, but he isn’t interested in trading less penalties for a more passive defense. Acknowledging he has a young secondary that is still learning, Wells said his team needs to be cleaner when they play Wake Forest this week, but he doesn’t want his defense backing off too much as a result. “I don’t mind aggressive penalties,” he said. “We need to be cleaner with our hands in the s... Logan • Seeing his team penalized 14 times for 160 yards against Idaho State is a concern for Utah State coach Matt Wells, but he isn’t interested in trading less penalties for a more passive defense. Acknowledging he has a young secondary that is still learning, Wells said his team needs to be cleaner when they play Wake Forest this week, but he doesn’t want his defense backing off too much as a result. “I don’t mind aggressive penalties,” he said. “We need to be cleaner with our hands in the s... 58394249@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:43:01 MDT Utah State football: With rash of injuries, Aggies on the run http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58389366-77/state-aggies-game-yards.html.csp The Utah State Aggies have a lot of talent on their roster this season. Unfortunately, much of that key talent is in the training room, not on the field. Two games into the season, the Aggies have added receivers Brandon Swindall and Shaan Johnson to the list of players expected to be out for the year. The others are linebackers Alex Huerta and Kyler Fackrell. Johnson, a senior, has had lingering knee injuries that have forced him into retirement while Swindall was hurt in the opening minutes of... The Utah State Aggies have a lot of talent on their roster this season. Unfortunately, much of that key talent is in the training room, not on the field. Two games into the season, the Aggies have added receivers Brandon Swindall and Shaan Johnson to the list of players expected to be out for the year. The others are linebackers Alex Huerta and Kyler Fackrell. Johnson, a senior, has had lingering knee injuries that have forced him into retirement while Swindall was hurt in the opening minutes of... 58389366@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:19:01 MDT USU Football: Aggies are a ‘work in progress’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58384779-77/aggies-state-keeton-utah.html.csp Logan • Utah State fans will be happy to hear coach Matt Wells emphasized his team was a work in progress in his postgame news conference following the Aggies’ 40-20 win over Idaho State Saturday. Many probably left Romney Stadium wondering, “Is that all?” While the Aggies finally shook free of the Bengals to win comfortably, the victory wasn’t as convincing as most thought it would be. Utah State didn’t get a comfortable lead over the Bengals until JoJo Natson returned a punt for a touchdown i... Logan • Utah State fans will be happy to hear coach Matt Wells emphasized his team was a work in progress in his postgame news conference following the Aggies’ 40-20 win over Idaho State Saturday. Many probably left Romney Stadium wondering, “Is that all?” While the Aggies finally shook free of the Bengals to win comfortably, the victory wasn’t as convincing as most thought it would be. Utah State didn’t get a comfortable lead over the Bengals until JoJo Natson returned a punt for a touchdown i... 58384779@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 20:10:00 MDT Utah State football: JoJo Natson’s return comes at the right time for Aggies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58384219-77/natson-return-game-punt.html.csp Logan • Utah State receiver JoJo Natson’s 52-yard punt return against the Idaho State Bengals leaves him just one punt return away from tying the school record. Natson needs just one more to tie Kevin Robinson (2004-07) for the school record of four punt returns. But more than anything, Natson said he was just happy he could give his team a spark. “I just look for ways to make plays and we needed one,” he said. Natson’s return put the Aggies ahead 20-6 with 1:12 remaining and came minutes after ... Logan • Utah State receiver JoJo Natson’s 52-yard punt return against the Idaho State Bengals leaves him just one punt return away from tying the school record. Natson needs just one more to tie Kevin Robinson (2004-07) for the school record of four punt returns. But more than anything, Natson said he was just happy he could give his team a spark. “I just look for ways to make plays and we needed one,” he said. Natson’s return put the Aggies ahead 20-6 with 1:12 remaining and came minutes after ... 58384219@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:10:03 MDT Aggies defense fuels win over Idaho State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58384189-77/yards-aggies-state-utah.html.csp Logan • Utah State used a passing attack — just not their own — and a solid rushing attack to hand Idaho State a 40-20 loss in front of 20,249 at Romney Stadium Saturday. The win marked the Aggies’ sixth straight home opening victory and their eighth straight victory against a Football Championship Series team. The last FCS team to beat the Aggies was Idaho State when the Bengals won 27-24 in 2000. Saturday’s game had all the makings of another upset with the Bengals playing Utah State close thr... Logan • Utah State used a passing attack — just not their own — and a solid rushing attack to hand Idaho State a 40-20 loss in front of 20,249 at Romney Stadium Saturday. The win marked the Aggies’ sixth straight home opening victory and their eighth straight victory against a Football Championship Series team. The last FCS team to beat the Aggies was Idaho State when the Bengals won 27-24 in 2000. Saturday’s game had all the makings of another upset with the Bengals playing Utah State close thr... 58384189@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:06:29 MDT USU Football: Aggies roll past Idaho State 40-20 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58383737-77/aggies-state-yards-hill.html.csp Logan • Utah State used a passing attack - just not their own - and a solid rushing attack to hand Idaho State a 40-20 loss in front of 20,249 at Romney Stadium Saturday. The win marked the Aggies’ sixth straight home opening victory and their eighth straight victory against a Football Championship Series team. The last FCS team to beat the Aggies was Idaho State when the Bengals won 27-24 in 2000. Saturday’s game had all the makings of another upset with the Bengals playing Utah State close thr... Logan • Utah State used a passing attack - just not their own - and a solid rushing attack to hand Idaho State a 40-20 loss in front of 20,249 at Romney Stadium Saturday. The win marked the Aggies’ sixth straight home opening victory and their eighth straight victory against a Football Championship Series team. The last FCS team to beat the Aggies was Idaho State when the Bengals won 27-24 in 2000. Saturday’s game had all the makings of another upset with the Bengals playing Utah State close thr... 58383737@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:47:35 MDT Utah State football: Aggies hope to correct mistakes vs. Idaho State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58378714-77/aggies-state-utah-third.html.csp Logan • The Utah State Aggies are heading into their home opener determined to prove a point, one that has nothing to do with Saturday’s opponent, Idaho State, and everything to do with themselves. The Aggies intend to show that last Sunday’s humbling 38-7 loss at Tennessee — the program’s worst since a 50-10 defeat to Boise State in 2010 — isn’t indicative of the Aggie football program. The Aggies feel their program has come a long way since then. And while they know that even a good ol’-fashio... Logan • The Utah State Aggies are heading into their home opener determined to prove a point, one that has nothing to do with Saturday’s opponent, Idaho State, and everything to do with themselves. The Aggies intend to show that last Sunday’s humbling 38-7 loss at Tennessee — the program’s worst since a 50-10 defeat to Boise State in 2010 — isn’t indicative of the Aggie football program. The Aggies feel their program has come a long way since then. And while they know that even a good ol’-fashio... 58378714@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 23:15:17 MDT Utah State football: Idaho State quarterback impresses Aggies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58375033-77/state-utah-wells-aggies.html.csp Logan • Rarely do coaches smile when discussing an opponent’s key player, but Utah State coach Matt Wells couldn’t help but crack a grin when he was asked about Idaho State’s quarterback Justin Arias. Arias was 21-of-40 for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening 56-14 loss to Utah. “I like him,” Wells said. “He’s got a lot of moxie and made some really good throws early in the game. He does a nice job with the zone read.” A 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior, Arias had a strong 2013 campaign... Logan • Rarely do coaches smile when discussing an opponent’s key player, but Utah State coach Matt Wells couldn’t help but crack a grin when he was asked about Idaho State’s quarterback Justin Arias. Arias was 21-of-40 for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening 56-14 loss to Utah. “I like him,” Wells said. “He’s got a lot of moxie and made some really good throws early in the game. He does a nice job with the zone read.” A 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior, Arias had a strong 2013 campaign... 58375033@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:46:02 MDT