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Utah State offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey said the Aggies had to have a short memory and show the resilience they showed last year.... Knoxville, Tenn. • Utah State’s embarrassing 38-7 loss at the hands of the Tennessee Vols was the kind of demoralizing defeat teams never want to relive. The Aggies certainly have no plans to revisit the nightmare that took place in Neyland Stadium Sunday. To them, their season-opening loss to the Vols is over and done with and it’s time to move on to Idaho State. Utah State offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey said the Aggies had to have a short memory and show the resilience they showed last year.... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58360866@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:45:12 MDT College Football: Vols dash Aggies’ plan for strong start http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58360147-77/aggies-vols-game-tennessee.html.csp Knoxville, Tenn. • The Utah State Aggies emphasized earlier in the week how important it was they get off to a good start against the Tennessee Vols. So much for that plan. Instead, the opening minutes of the Aggies’ contest at Tennessee went exactly the opposite way. How else to describe being down by two touchdowns in six minutes than being a game-changing moment, offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey acknowledged. “We didn’t get off on the right foot,” Whimpey said. “We had a great plan coming in... Knoxville, Tenn. • The Utah State Aggies emphasized earlier in the week how important it was they get off to a good start against the Tennessee Vols. So much for that plan. Instead, the opening minutes of the Aggies’ contest at Tennessee went exactly the opposite way. How else to describe being down by two touchdowns in six minutes than being a game-changing moment, offensive lineman Kevin Whimpey acknowledged. “We didn’t get off on the right foot,” Whimpey said. “We had a great plan coming in... 58360147@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:53:45 MDT USU football: Tennessee subdues Chuckie Keeton in rout http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58360283-77/keeton-tennessee-usu-chuckie.html.csp Knoxville, Tenn. • Any remaining questions about quarterback Chuckie Keeton’s ability to move, run and scramble after recovering from knee surgery were answered Sunday night. Then again, Keeton’s repeated demonstration of those abilities was one of Utah State’s problems in a 38-7 loss to Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers hounded Keeton in exploiting USU’s offensive line, sacking him only once but forcing him into several hurried, errant throws and picking off two passes. Promoted by U... Knoxville, Tenn. • Any remaining questions about quarterback Chuckie Keeton’s ability to move, run and scramble after recovering from knee surgery were answered Sunday night. Then again, Keeton’s repeated demonstration of those abilities was one of Utah State’s problems in a 38-7 loss to Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers hounded Keeton in exploiting USU’s offensive line, sacking him only once but forcing him into several hurried, errant throws and picking off two passes. Promoted by U... 58360283@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:53:45 MDT Kurt Kragthorpe: Utah State falls apart on Tennessee’s big stage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58360093-77/usu-tennessee-game-keeton.html.csp Knoxville, Tenn. The skies cleared, Utah State linebacker Nick Vigil sacked Tennessee’s quarterback and Aggie QB Chuckie Keeton completed his first pass attempt in a game in nearly 11 months. USU’s football season started wonderfully Sunday night. And then everything crumbled. A penalty flag fell on that first offensive play, kickoff returner Kennedy Williams lost a fumble and Joe Hill was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 run. Nothing that happened in a 38-7 loss to the Volunteers at historic Neyla... Knoxville, Tenn. The skies cleared, Utah State linebacker Nick Vigil sacked Tennessee’s quarterback and Aggie QB Chuckie Keeton completed his first pass attempt in a game in nearly 11 months. USU’s football season started wonderfully Sunday night. And then everything crumbled. A penalty flag fell on that first offensive play, kickoff returner Kennedy Williams lost a fumble and Joe Hill was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 run. Nothing that happened in a 38-7 loss to the Volunteers at historic Neyla... 58360093@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:26:19 MDT USU Football: Tennessee beats Utah State 38-7 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58359323-77/aggies-state-utah-keeton.html.csp KNOXVILLE - It was set up so perfectly for the Utah State Aggies. They had a chance to come into Neyland Stadium and finally win the big game against a major team, kick off quarterback Chuckie Keeton’s Heisman campaign and send a message they are the team to watch in the Mountain West. But checking off all those goals proved much harder to accomplish than the Aggies imagined as a youthful but energized Tennessee team stuffed those hopes with a stingy defense and timely offense in a 38-7 victory... KNOXVILLE - It was set up so perfectly for the Utah State Aggies. They had a chance to come into Neyland Stadium and finally win the big game against a major team, kick off quarterback Chuckie Keeton’s Heisman campaign and send a message they are the team to watch in the Mountain West. But checking off all those goals proved much harder to accomplish than the Aggies imagined as a youthful but energized Tennessee team stuffed those hopes with a stingy defense and timely offense in a 38-7 victory... 58359323@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:40:46 MDT Utah State football: Chuckie-for-Heisman hinges on opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58350882-77/heisman-keeton-aggies-state.html.csp Logan • Seeing his image and the words “Chuckie4Heisman” plastered on the front of notebooks at the Mountain West Conference’s media gathering prompted Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton to say he was going to pass out the notebooks to his teammates. “I’m going to make sure they take them to class,” he joked. While Keeton’s good-natured take on all the publicity has made him a popular media figure in college football, Utah State’s Heisman campaign is no joking matter. Never before has the sch... Logan • Seeing his image and the words “Chuckie4Heisman” plastered on the front of notebooks at the Mountain West Conference’s media gathering prompted Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton to say he was going to pass out the notebooks to his teammates. “I’m going to make sure they take them to class,” he joked. While Keeton’s good-natured take on all the publicity has made him a popular media figure in college football, Utah State’s Heisman campaign is no joking matter. Never before has the sch... 58350882@www.sltrib.com Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:19:38 MDT NCAA grants Utah State’s Harris another year of eligibility http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58352152-77/state-harris-utah-season.html.csp Logan • Utah State forward Sean Harris has been granted a medical waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible again next season. Harris played five games in 2011-12 at Yuba (Calif.) College before suffering a knee injury. He was injured again prior to the 2012-13 season and did not play. Last year, Harris saw action in 10 games for Utah State. He started on Senior Night against Wyoming and finished with four points and three rebounds. He ended up being voted the Aggies’ most inspirational player by ... Logan • Utah State forward Sean Harris has been granted a medical waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible again next season. Harris played five games in 2011-12 at Yuba (Calif.) College before suffering a knee injury. He was injured again prior to the 2012-13 season and did not play. Last year, Harris saw action in 10 games for Utah State. He started on Senior Night against Wyoming and finished with four points and three rebounds. He ended up being voted the Aggies’ most inspirational player by ... 58352152@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:27:56 MDT Utah State football: Ex-Vol Gray makes Tennessee return http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58350894-77/gray-tennessee-state-utah.html.csp Logan • Utah State cornerback Daniel Gray doesn’t hide the fact he didn’t like redshirting last season. “It sucked,” he said. “You’re sitting there watching your friends do stuff you can’t do and if they lose, you have to sit there because you can’t do anything about it.” Well, Gray is ready to bust out of that so-called redshirt on turf with which he is extremely familiar. Gray played eight games at Tennessee as a true freshman before transferring to Utah State last season where he joined his ... Logan • Utah State cornerback Daniel Gray doesn’t hide the fact he didn’t like redshirting last season. “It sucked,” he said. “You’re sitting there watching your friends do stuff you can’t do and if they lose, you have to sit there because you can’t do anything about it.” Well, Gray is ready to bust out of that so-called redshirt on turf with which he is extremely familiar. Gray played eight games at Tennessee as a true freshman before transferring to Utah State last season where he joined his ... 58350894@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:27:56 MDT Utah State football: Aggies know all about Vols’ ‘beast’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58346619-77/state-utah-aggies-sunday.html.csp Logan • Utah State’s offensive players kept noticing one number popping up time and time again when watching film of the Tennessee Vols’ defense — No. 45. That the number of A.J.Johnson would stand out to the Aggies is of no surprise. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Johnson is regarded as one of the top linebackers in the nation. He is on every major preseason award watch list after earning All-SEC honors last year. Out of the 36 games he has played, he finished 18 with double-figure tackles and ranked... Logan • Utah State’s offensive players kept noticing one number popping up time and time again when watching film of the Tennessee Vols’ defense — No. 45. That the number of A.J.Johnson would stand out to the Aggies is of no surprise. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Johnson is regarded as one of the top linebackers in the nation. He is on every major preseason award watch list after earning All-SEC honors last year. Out of the 36 games he has played, he finished 18 with double-figure tackles and ranked... 58346619@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:52:08 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes need to make offensive impression in opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58342283-77/utes-utah-season-whittingham.html.csp The biggest question about Utah’s football season opener vs. Idaho State is what fraction of the Utes’ total this win will represent, three months from now. One-fifth? One-sixth? ESPN’s Football Power Index projects 5.3 victories for the Utes in the 12-game schedule, while ranking them No. 37. To me, the “point-three” is just as important as the “five.” There’s room for subjectivity, in other words, and it starts Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Artistic impression is important in judging... The biggest question about Utah’s football season opener vs. Idaho State is what fraction of the Utes’ total this win will represent, three months from now. One-fifth? One-sixth? ESPN’s Football Power Index projects 5.3 victories for the Utes in the 12-game schedule, while ranking them No. 37. To me, the “point-three” is just as important as the “five.” There’s room for subjectivity, in other words, and it starts Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Artistic impression is important in judging... 58342283@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:40:20 MDT Utah State football: Aggies tired of losing the big ones http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58342994-77/utah-aggies-game-state.html.csp Logan • Zach Vigil hates going to the dentist, but not because he is afraid of the drill, doesn’t like shots or has an aversion to getting his mouth poked and prodded. No, it’s because of the conversations he hears while trapped in a chair. “You go there or anywhere and it’s almost always the same — you hear how we didn’t win the big game or how we came close but just not quite there,” he said. “It’s so irritating. We know we can perform on a big stage and at the highest level. You want to win t... Logan • Zach Vigil hates going to the dentist, but not because he is afraid of the drill, doesn’t like shots or has an aversion to getting his mouth poked and prodded. No, it’s because of the conversations he hears while trapped in a chair. “You go there or anywhere and it’s almost always the same — you hear how we didn’t win the big game or how we came close but just not quite there,” he said. “It’s so irritating. We know we can perform on a big stage and at the highest level. You want to win t... 58342994@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:40:07 MDT Utah State volleyball: Aggies ready to star in new digs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58338761-77/aggies-dubose-season-volleyball.html.csp Logan • Kicked back in a big comfy chair and enjoying the warmth of the morning sun beaming through a large window, Utah State volleyball coach Grayson DuBose joked that his head was getting as big as his new office in the recently opened $9.7 million Wayne Estes Center. Ah, but such plush surroundings come with more than a large construction price tag: there are expectations too, some as grand sounding as the building looks. Luckily for the Aggies, if there is any team that seems best prepared ... Logan • Kicked back in a big comfy chair and enjoying the warmth of the morning sun beaming through a large window, Utah State volleyball coach Grayson DuBose joked that his head was getting as big as his new office in the recently opened $9.7 million Wayne Estes Center. Ah, but such plush surroundings come with more than a large construction price tag: there are expectations too, some as grand sounding as the building looks. Luckily for the Aggies, if there is any team that seems best prepared ... 58338761@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:22:25 MDT USU Football: Aggies head into game week with plenty of optimism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58331966-77/aggies-camp-utah-camps.html.csp Logan • Preseason camps often are filled with uncertainty, a little drama, and even controversy as players battle for positions, are sidelined with injuries or get accustomed to new systems. But if you want drama, the Utah State Aggies aren’t where to look. They had one of the smoothest-running camps that anyone can remember, leaving them in a great frame of mind as they had into game week. The Aggies open the season Sunday at Tennessee with a 5 p.m. kickoff. It is the sixth time in seven seaso... Logan • Preseason camps often are filled with uncertainty, a little drama, and even controversy as players battle for positions, are sidelined with injuries or get accustomed to new systems. But if you want drama, the Utah State Aggies aren’t where to look. They had one of the smoothest-running camps that anyone can remember, leaving them in a great frame of mind as they had into game week. The Aggies open the season Sunday at Tennessee with a 5 p.m. kickoff. It is the sixth time in seven seaso... 58331966@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:21:09 MDT Utah State football: Timing could be right for Ags at Tennessee http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58335500-77/vols-tennessee-aggies-sec.html.csp Logan • Part of the challenge in putting together a college football schedule is estimating how good an opponent will be when they actually play them, so the schedule isn’t too hard or too easy. For the Utah State Aggies, their timing for the showdown with the Tennessee Vols couldn’t be better. Back in 2008 when the game was scheduled, the Vols were coming of a 10-4 run in 2007 that ended with a win over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. But since then times have been tough and big wins have been ... Logan • Part of the challenge in putting together a college football schedule is estimating how good an opponent will be when they actually play them, so the schedule isn’t too hard or too easy. For the Utah State Aggies, their timing for the showdown with the Tennessee Vols couldn’t be better. Back in 2008 when the game was scheduled, the Vols were coming of a 10-4 run in 2007 that ended with a win over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. But since then times have been tough and big wins have been ... 58335500@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:16:02 MDT USU Football: Aggies see a little of the 2012 magic in 2014 team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58317393-77/aggies-2012-season-keeton.html.csp Logan • Utah State coach Matt Wells is new enough in his head coaching role that he doesn’t have many grey hairs on his head or worry lines on his face. Yet, the Aggies’ second-year coach has been around long enough to have a bit of historical perspective about the USU program. He likes what he sees, too. Wells said the circumstances surrounding the current Aggies are similar to the period between 2011 and 2012. The Aggies went 7-6 in 2011 then had their most successful season to date, going 11-... Logan • Utah State coach Matt Wells is new enough in his head coaching role that he doesn’t have many grey hairs on his head or worry lines on his face. Yet, the Aggies’ second-year coach has been around long enough to have a bit of historical perspective about the USU program. He likes what he sees, too. Wells said the circumstances surrounding the current Aggies are similar to the period between 2011 and 2012. The Aggies went 7-6 in 2011 then had their most successful season to date, going 11-... 58317393@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:59:57 MDT Mountain West Conference: Broncos hope for a new era of success http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58317445-77/state-broncos-boise-harsin.html.csp While many predict all the turmoil and controversy in collegiate athletics marks the beginning of a new era, it appears the Boise State Broncos are ready to blaze a new trail right now. The Broncos, who went 8-5 in 2013 — suffering more than four losses in a season for the first time since 1998 — seem poised for a fresh start in 2014. The Broncos have a new coach in Bryan Harsin, who has the difficult task of succeeding Chris Petersen. Petersen built the Broncos into one of college football’s bi... While many predict all the turmoil and controversy in collegiate athletics marks the beginning of a new era, it appears the Boise State Broncos are ready to blaze a new trail right now. The Broncos, who went 8-5 in 2013 — suffering more than four losses in a season for the first time since 1998 — seem poised for a fresh start in 2014. The Broncos have a new coach in Bryan Harsin, who has the difficult task of succeeding Chris Petersen. Petersen built the Broncos into one of college football’s bi... 58317445@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:42:10 MDT USU football: Aggies’ linebackers have talent, chemistry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58326555-77/aggies-defense-team-lorig.html.csp Logan •Joe Lorig, Utah State’s new linebackers coach, said he did his research on the Aggies before making the decision to leave Arizona State and join Matt Wells’ staff in Logan. “I knew I was stepping into a good situation,” he said. The Aggies haven’t let him down. The linebacking unit is expected to be the strength of the Aggies’ defense this year, with returning starters Kyler Fackrell, Nick Vigil and Zach Vigil leading the way. The Aggies won’t have Alex Huerta with them this year due to ... Logan •Joe Lorig, Utah State’s new linebackers coach, said he did his research on the Aggies before making the decision to leave Arizona State and join Matt Wells’ staff in Logan. “I knew I was stepping into a good situation,” he said. The Aggies haven’t let him down. The linebacking unit is expected to be the strength of the Aggies’ defense this year, with returning starters Kyler Fackrell, Nick Vigil and Zach Vigil leading the way. The Aggies won’t have Alex Huerta with them this year due to ... 58326555@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:44:52 MDT College gymnastics: Utah State releases 2014-15 schedule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58323254-77/jan-march-feb-gymnastics.html.csp Utah State’s gymnastics schedule has been released, which features five meets in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, including the home opener against Air Force on Jan. 9. It marks the first time the Aggies have opened at home since 2011. This season the Aggies are competing in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference, which was sanctioned by the NCAA Thursday. The Aggies reached the regionals in 2013 for the first time since 2007. USU finished fifth and returns three all-conference honorees from that sq... Utah State’s gymnastics schedule has been released, which features five meets in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, including the home opener against Air Force on Jan. 9. It marks the first time the Aggies have opened at home since 2011. This season the Aggies are competing in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference, which was sanctioned by the NCAA Thursday. The Aggies reached the regionals in 2013 for the first time since 2007. USU finished fifth and returns three all-conference honorees from that sq... 58323254@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:39:02 MDT Utah State football: Aggies have good options at tight end http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58317511-77/tight-houston-aggies-court.html.csp 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... 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... 58317511@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:57:59 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