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Both Houston, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound sophomore, and Jefferson Court, a 6-foot-3, 238-pound senior, have done well enough to keep the race between them a tight one. “Right now ... With a solid stature, good hands and a season’s worth of experience behind him, Utah State tight end Wyatt Houston is being billed as one of the program’s honors candidates. However, some of his toughest competition for any recognition will come from not only other tight ends in the Mountain West, but from his own team too. Both Houston, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound sophomore, and Jefferson Court, a 6-foot-3, 238-pound senior, have done well enough to keep the race between them a tight one. “Right now ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58317511@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:16:14 MDT USU Football: Aggies turn focus to Tennessee http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58314980-77/wells-aggies-tennessee-aug.html.csp Logan • Utah State coach Matt Wells didn’t even wait until his team was off the field Tuesday to declare camp over for the Aggies. Technically the Aggies still have a few days of camp scheduled, including a two-a-day on Thursday, but from here on out it will be all Tennessee, all the time, Wells said. “It’s already been geared toward Tennessee since February, but yes, now absolutely,” he said of the team’s focus. The Aggies open the season against the Vols on Aug. 31. “Before today, the last scr... Logan • Utah State coach Matt Wells didn’t even wait until his team was off the field Tuesday to declare camp over for the Aggies. Technically the Aggies still have a few days of camp scheduled, including a two-a-day on Thursday, but from here on out it will be all Tennessee, all the time, Wells said. “It’s already been geared toward Tennessee since February, but yes, now absolutely,” he said of the team’s focus. The Aggies open the season against the Vols on Aug. 31. “Before today, the last scr... 58314980@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:22:42 MDT USU soccer: Aggies ready to get out of comfort zone http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58308900-77/aggies-team-rose-soccer.html.csp Logan • There is a certain buzz in Logan this fall with its football team expected to compete for a league title, the opening of the new Wayne Estes Center that hopefully will attract more top-quality recruits, and a volleyball team believing it is about to be a force to be reckoned with now that it knows its way around the MWC. Not to be outdone, the Aggies’ soccer team is determined to get in on the fun too, even if it means dabbling in unfamiliar waters. “We need to get out of our comfort zon... Logan • There is a certain buzz in Logan this fall with its football team expected to compete for a league title, the opening of the new Wayne Estes Center that hopefully will attract more top-quality recruits, and a volleyball team believing it is about to be a force to be reckoned with now that it knows its way around the MWC. Not to be outdone, the Aggies’ soccer team is determined to get in on the fun too, even if it means dabbling in unfamiliar waters. “We need to get out of our comfort zon... 58308900@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:23:19 MDT Aggies won’t let wins go to their heads http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58301503-77/aggies-state-utah-aggie.html.csp Logan • With Utah State senior Zach Vigil walking around camp, talking about instilling culture and carrying on traditions, one would think the guy has sociology or psychology in his future, not football. Yet in Vigil’s mind, building such intangible qualities is as important as hunkering down in a film room and studying tape of the Tennessee Vols. “The new guys come in and think winning is easy,” he said. “It isn’t. We have to make sure the new guys come in and understand it takes hard work.” V... Logan • With Utah State senior Zach Vigil walking around camp, talking about instilling culture and carrying on traditions, one would think the guy has sociology or psychology in his future, not football. Yet in Vigil’s mind, building such intangible qualities is as important as hunkering down in a film room and studying tape of the Tennessee Vols. “The new guys come in and think winning is easy,” he said. “It isn’t. We have to make sure the new guys come in and understand it takes hard work.” V... 58301503@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:25:11 MDT USU football: Receiver JoJo Natson boosting Aggies’ offense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58304206-77/wells-natson-aggies-offense.html.csp Logan • Utah State receiver JoJo Natson remains off limits to media members following his legal issues this summer. However, the junior continues to make a big statement with his play. Natson, who recently pleaded guilty to theft from a teammate, helped the offense get off to a great start in Saturday’s scrimmage. He caught the opening pass and completed the drive with a touchdown catch via Chuckie Keeton. It appears, as Utah State coach Matt Wells had hoped, that Natson is more focused than eve... Logan • Utah State receiver JoJo Natson remains off limits to media members following his legal issues this summer. However, the junior continues to make a big statement with his play. Natson, who recently pleaded guilty to theft from a teammate, helped the offense get off to a great start in Saturday’s scrimmage. He caught the opening pass and completed the drive with a touchdown catch via Chuckie Keeton. It appears, as Utah State coach Matt Wells had hoped, that Natson is more focused than eve... 58304206@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:53:33 MDT USU Football: Aggies have another solid outing in scrimmage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58305047-77/wells-aggies-state-utah.html.csp Logan • Utah State receiver JoJo Natson remains off limits to media members following his legal issues this summer. However, the junior continues to make a big statement with his play. Natson, who recently pleaded guilty to theft from a teammate, helped the offense get off to a great start in Saturday’s scrimmage. He caught the opening pass and completed the drive with a touchdown catch via Chuckie Keeton. It appears, as Utah State coach Matt Wells had hoped, Natson is more focused than ever and... Logan • Utah State receiver JoJo Natson remains off limits to media members following his legal issues this summer. However, the junior continues to make a big statement with his play. Natson, who recently pleaded guilty to theft from a teammate, helped the offense get off to a great start in Saturday’s scrimmage. He caught the opening pass and completed the drive with a touchdown catch via Chuckie Keeton. It appears, as Utah State coach Matt Wells had hoped, Natson is more focused than ever and... 58305047@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:40:21 MDT Utah State football: With Keeton back, Garretson returns to bench http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58292933-77/garretson-aggies-keeton-quarterback.html.csp Logan • The Aggies’ quarterback is moving around the field more confident than ever, showing off a strong arm, good accuracy and solid footwork as well as a command of what the offense should be doing. He has all the attributes a starting quarterback needs, except he won’t be getting the snaps if everything goes as planned. Darell Garretson, who posted a 6-1 record as Chuckie Keeton’s replacement after the starter went down against BYU on Oct. 4, has been relegated to the backup role again now t... Logan • The Aggies’ quarterback is moving around the field more confident than ever, showing off a strong arm, good accuracy and solid footwork as well as a command of what the offense should be doing. He has all the attributes a starting quarterback needs, except he won’t be getting the snaps if everything goes as planned. Darell Garretson, who posted a 6-1 record as Chuckie Keeton’s replacement after the starter went down against BYU on Oct. 4, has been relegated to the backup role again now t... 58292933@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:43:14 MDT Utah State football: Aggies’ offense has solid showing in scrimmage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58290407-77/keeton-scrimmage-defense-wells.html.csp Logan • The good and bad of Tuesday’s scrimmage for the Utah State Aggies was the play of quarterback Chuckie Keeton. Keeton picked apart the defense for one big play after another to make Utah State’s highly rated defense look average. That was the bad news. The good news? The Aggies might not face another quarterback with the talent of Keeton this season. Keeton looked like he is on top of his game, hooking up with JC transfer Hunter Sharp, Braelon Roberts and others in the scrimmage. “It was ... Logan • The good and bad of Tuesday’s scrimmage for the Utah State Aggies was the play of quarterback Chuckie Keeton. Keeton picked apart the defense for one big play after another to make Utah State’s highly rated defense look average. That was the bad news. The good news? The Aggies might not face another quarterback with the talent of Keeton this season. Keeton looked like he is on top of his game, hooking up with JC transfer Hunter Sharp, Braelon Roberts and others in the scrimmage. “It was ... 58290407@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:41:02 MDT Utah State football: Aggies have long haul in mind http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58276661-77/aggies-wells-players-state.html.csp Logan • The Utah State Aggies are so optimistic they will play 15 games this season, they are preparing like it, or, more accurately, recovering like it. Utah State coach Matt Wells is tracking the Aggies’ practice hours more than ever this year as the Aggies toe the line between working hard and over doing things. The last thing Wells wants is for his team to go into the stretch run of league games burnt out and over-worked, so the Aggies were careful in the summer and now as to how much demand... Logan • The Utah State Aggies are so optimistic they will play 15 games this season, they are preparing like it, or, more accurately, recovering like it. Utah State coach Matt Wells is tracking the Aggies’ practice hours more than ever this year as the Aggies toe the line between working hard and over doing things. The last thing Wells wants is for his team to go into the stretch run of league games burnt out and over-worked, so the Aggies were careful in the summer and now as to how much demand... 58276661@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 17:02:38 MDT Communication key for Aggies’ offensive line http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58278721-77/offensive-whimpey-aggies-communication.html.csp Logan • Kevin Whimpey’s explanation for why he was the only offensive lineman to grow a beard in the offseason was that the rest of the linemen were too young to do so. Was he joking? Maybe, and maybe not. No doubt about it, the offensive line is one of the youngest and most inexperienced positions on Utah State’s team this season. Gone are five players who started at least five games in 2013, including all-Mountain West honorees Tyler Larsen, Jamie Markosian and Eric Schultz. In their place are... Logan • Kevin Whimpey’s explanation for why he was the only offensive lineman to grow a beard in the offseason was that the rest of the linemen were too young to do so. Was he joking? Maybe, and maybe not. No doubt about it, the offensive line is one of the youngest and most inexperienced positions on Utah State’s team this season. Gone are five players who started at least five games in 2013, including all-Mountain West honorees Tyler Larsen, Jamie Markosian and Eric Schultz. In their place are... 58278721@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 14:50:14 MDT Utah State football: Hill wants to show offense is more than Keeton http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58273052-77/hill-keeton-state-utah.html.csp Logan • Joe Hill knows the return of quarterback Chuckie Keeton is going to be an enduring storyline as the Aggies prepare for the 2014 season. But once the season starts, the senior hopes to enjoy a little attention of his own. Hill, a laid-back Californian, doesn’t necessarily crave the spotlight, but he does believe he can make people realize there is more to the offense than Keeton. “I feel like I’m stronger than I’ve ever been,” he said. “Summer workouts went well, and the past couple of m... Logan • Joe Hill knows the return of quarterback Chuckie Keeton is going to be an enduring storyline as the Aggies prepare for the 2014 season. But once the season starts, the senior hopes to enjoy a little attention of his own. Hill, a laid-back Californian, doesn’t necessarily crave the spotlight, but he does believe he can make people realize there is more to the offense than Keeton. “I feel like I’m stronger than I’ve ever been,” he said. “Summer workouts went well, and the past couple of m... 58273052@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:00:13 MDT USU football: Aggies have plenty of depth at receiver http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58269216-77/natson-aggies-roberts-swindall.html.csp Logan • Utah State’s receivers have made their share of bad news in the offseason with Ronald Butler and JoJo Natson running afoul of the law. Now with camp underway, the Aggies’ receivers hope to bring some positive attention to their position. By the looks of things, doing so shouldn’t be too hard, with the receiving corp. being one of the deepest areas on the Aggies’ depth chart. The Aggies return two starters in Brandon Swindall and Natson while Braelon Roberts and Shaan Johnson are expected... Logan • Utah State’s receivers have made their share of bad news in the offseason with Ronald Butler and JoJo Natson running afoul of the law. Now with camp underway, the Aggies’ receivers hope to bring some positive attention to their position. By the looks of things, doing so shouldn’t be too hard, with the receiving corp. being one of the deepest areas on the Aggies’ depth chart. The Aggies return two starters in Brandon Swindall and Natson while Braelon Roberts and Shaan Johnson are expected... 58269216@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:33:44 MDT Utah State football: Keeton shows off his fancy footwork on opening day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58264606-77/keeton-practice-field-footwork.html.csp Logan • Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton joked at the Mountain West Conference media days that he has been entertaining himself by cutting and juking around his teammates in hallways, in the training room and anywhere else he might have a chance to polish his moves now that his surgically repaired knee feels normal. On Tuesday he finally had a chance to show off his moves as the Aggies opened fall camp with a two-hour effort that included emphasis on the offensive line, special team drills ... Logan • Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton joked at the Mountain West Conference media days that he has been entertaining himself by cutting and juking around his teammates in hallways, in the training room and anywhere else he might have a chance to polish his moves now that his surgically repaired knee feels normal. On Tuesday he finally had a chance to show off his moves as the Aggies opened fall camp with a two-hour effort that included emphasis on the offensive line, special team drills ... 58264606@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:16:18 MDT USU football: Aggies open camp with big expectations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58260581-77/aggies-keeton-espn-camp.html.csp Logan • The Utah State Aggies are carrying a lot of emotions into their fall football camp — eagerness, optimism, determination and yes, even a bit of a chip on their shoulder. The Aggies, who were picked to finish second in the Mountain division behind Boise State, believe they can do even better. They view their opener at Tennessee on Aug. 31 as the perfect platform to show the college football world just how good they can be. “We think we can surprise some people,” said quarterback Chuckie K... Logan • The Utah State Aggies are carrying a lot of emotions into their fall football camp — eagerness, optimism, determination and yes, even a bit of a chip on their shoulder. The Aggies, who were picked to finish second in the Mountain division behind Boise State, believe they can do even better. They view their opener at Tennessee on Aug. 31 as the perfect platform to show the college football world just how good they can be. “We think we can surprise some people,” said quarterback Chuckie K... 58260581@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:36:12 MDT Utah State football: Aggies hope defense gels quickly under Lorig http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58252099-77/state-aggies-vigil-camp.html.csp With Chuckie Keeton returning and the Aggies on a bowl win streak, Utah State was one of the media darlings during Mountain West media days in Las Vegas. The preseason hype isn’t making everyone happy in Logan, though. The normally affable Zach Vigil, Utah State’s star linebacker, was walking around preaching a little caution. “The new guys coming in think winning is easy and going to bowl games comes naturally, and it doesn’t,” he said. “They don’t know what that is like. I can’t wait for c... With Chuckie Keeton returning and the Aggies on a bowl win streak, Utah State was one of the media darlings during Mountain West media days in Las Vegas. The preseason hype isn’t making everyone happy in Logan, though. The normally affable Zach Vigil, Utah State’s star linebacker, was walking around preaching a little caution. “The new guys coming in think winning is easy and going to bowl games comes naturally, and it doesn’t,” he said. “They don’t know what that is like. I can’t wait for c... 58252099@www.sltrib.com Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:21:25 MDT Utah State basketball: Aggies unveil 2014-15 schedule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58246467-77/state-dec-jan-feb.html.csp Logan • Utah State announced the Aggies’ 2014-15 nonconference and Mountain West men’s basketball schedule on Thursday — including 16 home games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as part of a 30-game slate. USU plays nine teams that played in the postseason during the 2013-14 season. Four of those played in the NCAA Tournament: Weber State, BYU, New Mexico and San Diego State. Illinois State, South Dakota State, Wyoming and Fresno State played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Uta... Logan • Utah State announced the Aggies’ 2014-15 nonconference and Mountain West men’s basketball schedule on Thursday — including 16 home games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as part of a 30-game slate. USU plays nine teams that played in the postseason during the 2013-14 season. Four of those played in the NCAA Tournament: Weber State, BYU, New Mexico and San Diego State. Illinois State, South Dakota State, Wyoming and Fresno State played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), while Uta... 58246467@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:39:38 MDT Utah State football: Aggies still mum on trademark decision http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216253-77/state-aggies-trademark-mwc.html.csp Las Vegas • While Utah State officials said they are still deciding how to respond to San Diego State’s attempts to trademark the slogan “I believe that we will win,” a mantra made popular by the Aggies’ basketball fans, Utah State football coach Matt Wells said the issue is clear to him. “I was at Navy when they first started that chant, but it was Utah State that made it what it is,” he said. “We own it.” Who actually owns the rights may not be settled for several more months. The Aggies trade... Las Vegas • While Utah State officials said they are still deciding how to respond to San Diego State’s attempts to trademark the slogan “I believe that we will win,” a mantra made popular by the Aggies’ basketball fans, Utah State football coach Matt Wells said the issue is clear to him. “I was at Navy when they first started that chant, but it was Utah State that made it what it is,” he said. “We own it.” Who actually owns the rights may not be settled for several more months. The Aggies trade... 58216253@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:41:08 MDT USU notes: MWC commissioner worries schools will struggle because of legislation http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58212596-77/schools-state-conferences-mwc.html.csp Las Vegas • Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson started off his media session pointing out all the great things about college football and noting the sport, in his opinion, is “healthier than it has ever been.” But then he got real. Thompson used much of his session here at MWC Media Days to warn of impending complications as conferences try to sort out and predict how new legislation will affect them. His biggest concern is how schools in the smaller conferences such as the Mountain West ... Las Vegas • Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson started off his media session pointing out all the great things about college football and noting the sport, in his opinion, is “healthier than it has ever been.” But then he got real. Thompson used much of his session here at MWC Media Days to warn of impending complications as conferences try to sort out and predict how new legislation will affect them. His biggest concern is how schools in the smaller conferences such as the Mountain West ... 58212596@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:28:01 MDT Utah State football: Chuckie’s back, and Mountain West notices http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58210665-77/keeton-state-quarterback-utah.html.csp Las Vegas • He was tabbed the Mountain West conference preseason offensive player of the year, his image and “Chuckie4 Heisman” is emblazoned on Utah State’s new notebooks and his spot at the MWC Media Day here in Las Vegas was one of the most crowded of all the coaches’ and players’. Through it all, Chuckie Keeton, Utah State’s highlight-making quarterback, smiled and basked in the attention and even maintained his sense of humor. “I’m going to pass out all those notebooks at camp and tell ever... Las Vegas • He was tabbed the Mountain West conference preseason offensive player of the year, his image and “Chuckie4 Heisman” is emblazoned on Utah State’s new notebooks and his spot at the MWC Media Day here in Las Vegas was one of the most crowded of all the coaches’ and players’. Through it all, Chuckie Keeton, Utah State’s highlight-making quarterback, smiled and basked in the attention and even maintained his sense of humor. “I’m going to pass out all those notebooks at camp and tell ever... 58210665@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:04:49 MDT Utah State football: Summer is over, work begins soon for Aggies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58207446-77/wells-aggies-camp-keeton.html.csp Las Vegas • Utah State coach Matt Wells summed up his summer in one brief statement. “It was good, and now it’s over,” he said. So it begins. The Mountain West Conference’s annual media days, held Tuesday and Wednesday in Las Vegas, are the signal that preparations for the 2014 season are just a few days from beginning. The Aggies open preseason camp on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 2-4 p.m. All practices during fall camp are open to the public. Before then, Wells predicts he’ll be answering a lot of qu... Las Vegas • Utah State coach Matt Wells summed up his summer in one brief statement. “It was good, and now it’s over,” he said. So it begins. The Mountain West Conference’s annual media days, held Tuesday and Wednesday in Las Vegas, are the signal that preparations for the 2014 season are just a few days from beginning. The Aggies open preseason camp on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 2-4 p.m. All practices during fall camp are open to the public. Before then, Wells predicts he’ll be answering a lot of qu... 58207446@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:53:25 MDT