USU Aggies - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/cat/USUAggies Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) USU football: Aggies RB featured on TV show http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57860638-77/hall-running-aggies-break.html.csp No matter how hard he kicked, pushed and pulled, Utah State running back Rashad Hall couldn’t break free and make his way down the field. Finally exhausted, he returned to the locker room to come to grips with his failure as he tried to catch his breath. “I was worn out,” he said. “I just had to be in there and inhale and exhale deeply.” Before USU fans get worried that one of their up-and-coming running backs might be too wimpy to handle defenders in the Mountain West Conference, relax. If any... No matter how hard he kicked, pushed and pulled, Utah State running back Rashad Hall couldn’t break free and make his way down the field. Finally exhausted, he returned to the locker room to come to grips with his failure as he tried to catch his breath. “I was worn out,” he said. “I just had to be in there and inhale and exhale deeply.” Before USU fans get worried that one of their up-and-coming running backs might be too wimpy to handle defenders in the Mountain West Conference, relax. If any... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57860638@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:50:08 MDT USU football: Aggies sign cornerback for 2014 season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57850332-77/floyd-aggies-2014-football.html.csp Utah State continues to address its biggest concern for the 2014 season with the signing of Tyler Floyd, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound corner out of Orlando, Fla., who excelled at Fullerton College in California. Floyd, who will have two years of eligibility, had 47 tackles, including 32 solo, during his sophomore year. He also had four blocked kicks, nine pass breakups and two interceptions to help his team to a 12-1 record. Floyd earned second-team all-Central Conference honors in the Southern Califor... Utah State continues to address its biggest concern for the 2014 season with the signing of Tyler Floyd, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound corner out of Orlando, Fla., who excelled at Fullerton College in California. Floyd, who will have two years of eligibility, had 47 tackles, including 32 solo, during his sophomore year. He also had four blocked kicks, nine pass breakups and two interceptions to help his team to a 12-1 record. Floyd earned second-team all-Central Conference honors in the Southern Califor... 57850332@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:50:01 MDT Utah State football: More USU games set for national TV http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57833516-77/tba-espn-oct-games.html.csp Utah State’s football team will get plenty of national exposure in 2014 with nine of its 13 games scheduled for national TV. The Mountain West Conference announced the remainder of its TV schedule on Thursday, which includes four nationally televised home games for the Aggies and two road games. The Aggies’ home game against Wake Forest on Sept. 13 and its road game at Colorado State on Oct. 18 will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Both kickoff at 5 p.m. MT. The Aggies’ game against Air Force... Utah State’s football team will get plenty of national exposure in 2014 with nine of its 13 games scheduled for national TV. The Mountain West Conference announced the remainder of its TV schedule on Thursday, which includes four nationally televised home games for the Aggies and two road games. The Aggies’ home game against Wake Forest on Sept. 13 and its road game at Colorado State on Oct. 18 will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Both kickoff at 5 p.m. MT. The Aggies’ game against Air Force... 57833516@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:47:49 MDT Utah State basketball team signs Arizona prep prospect Elston Jones http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57828653-77/guard-jones-elston-state.html.csp Logan • Utah State announced Wednesday the signing of 6-foot-9 center Elston Jones from Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz. Jones played only seven games as a senior because of injuries, but he averaged 14 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots during his four-year prep career. “We are very excited about Elston joining our program,” Aggie coach Stew Morrill said in a statement released by the school. “We are getting a quality young man from a great family who has all the tools to be su... Logan • Utah State announced Wednesday the signing of 6-foot-9 center Elston Jones from Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz. Jones played only seven games as a senior because of injuries, but he averaged 14 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots during his four-year prep career. “We are very excited about Elston joining our program,” Aggie coach Stew Morrill said in a statement released by the school. “We are getting a quality young man from a great family who has all the tools to be su... 57828653@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:42:01 MDT Utah State football: Coaches make handoff to players (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57811949-77/players-state-utah-coaches.html.csp Logan • For the Utah State football team, counting off the months won’t do. The year, like games, is divided into quarters. Saturday’s spring game at Romney Stadium marks halftime in the long march to the season. What Aggie coaches dub the “third quarter,” the offseason conditioning before the fall, is about to begin. And unlike much of the year, this stretch will require the players to be on their own for most of it. “We put it on the players in May, June and July,” coach Matt Wells said. “I th... Logan • For the Utah State football team, counting off the months won’t do. The year, like games, is divided into quarters. Saturday’s spring game at Romney Stadium marks halftime in the long march to the season. What Aggie coaches dub the “third quarter,” the offseason conditioning before the fall, is about to begin. And unlike much of the year, this stretch will require the players to be on their own for most of it. “We put it on the players in May, June and July,” coach Matt Wells said. “I th... 57811949@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:06:36 MDT Utah State football: Aggies’ spring game is full of competition (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57811925-77/game-spring-iframe-embed.html.csp Logan • Almost as soon as the tipped pass bounced into his hands, Devin Centers was in stride. To the 40, to the 30, to the 20 — nothing was about to stop him from taking his interception all the way. Well, just one thing: Craig Harrison’s red jersey as it popped in his path. Not eager to stiffarm a quarterback in a spring scrimmage, Centers tried to cut back. He was tackled two yards short of the goal line, and the sophomore safety was left laughing at himself at what might have been. “ It’s OK... Logan • Almost as soon as the tipped pass bounced into his hands, Devin Centers was in stride. To the 40, to the 30, to the 20 — nothing was about to stop him from taking his interception all the way. Well, just one thing: Craig Harrison’s red jersey as it popped in his path. Not eager to stiffarm a quarterback in a spring scrimmage, Centers tried to cut back. He was tackled two yards short of the goal line, and the sophomore safety was left laughing at himself at what might have been. “ It’s OK... 57811925@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:47:58 MDT Utah State football: Alex Wheat pushing hard in 2nd second chance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57808181-77/wheat-state-utah-game.html.csp Logan • For a man who offers his opinions openly and often, Alex Wheat Jr. keeps a few things close. Although his Utah State teammates have caught glimpses of the scar across his chest, most don’t know why it is there. When he was 6 and living in Michigan, he caught a cold. A doctor listened to his heart and heard an unsteady patter. An ultrasound revealed a hole in Wheat’s heart, and he was rushed to Detroit Children’s Hospital, where he had emergency surgery to repair it. “It wasn’t 100 perce... Logan • For a man who offers his opinions openly and often, Alex Wheat Jr. keeps a few things close. Although his Utah State teammates have caught glimpses of the scar across his chest, most don’t know why it is there. When he was 6 and living in Michigan, he caught a cold. A doctor listened to his heart and heard an unsteady patter. An ultrasound revealed a hole in Wheat’s heart, and he was rushed to Detroit Children’s Hospital, where he had emergency surgery to repair it. “It wasn’t 100 perce... 57808181@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:35:44 MDT Monson: For Matt Wells, one trophy isn’t enough http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57802926-77/wells-state-utah-coach.html.csp Every early morning, as Matt Wells enters his office door, he sees just a few feet away from him a trophy that stirs more burn than any kind of satisfaction. By itself, the hardware is fine enough, built to symbolize victory with its broad brown base and second deck, separated by shiny silver metal, capped up top with the words: Poinsettia Bowl. The problem? It sits by itself. “There should be two trophies there,” he says. “There should be another — the Mountain West Conference trophy. We were ... Every early morning, as Matt Wells enters his office door, he sees just a few feet away from him a trophy that stirs more burn than any kind of satisfaction. By itself, the hardware is fine enough, built to symbolize victory with its broad brown base and second deck, separated by shiny silver metal, capped up top with the words: Poinsettia Bowl. The problem? It sits by itself. “There should be two trophies there,” he says. “There should be another — the Mountain West Conference trophy. We were ... 57802926@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:44 MDT Utah State football: Wells gets contract extension http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57803268-77/wells-contract-football-state.html.csp Matt Wells has is getting a raise Utah State University athletics director Scott Barnes announced Thursday a contract extension for Wells. The revised contract will keep Wells at USU through the 2018 season. Along with Wells’ contract extension, the new deal also calls for continued salary increases for all of his assistant coaches. “Matt had a great first year leading our football program. His commitment to our student-athletes has been tremendous and they’ve responded with great results in ... Matt Wells has is getting a raise Utah State University athletics director Scott Barnes announced Thursday a contract extension for Wells. The revised contract will keep Wells at USU through the 2018 season. Along with Wells’ contract extension, the new deal also calls for continued salary increases for all of his assistant coaches. “Matt had a great first year leading our football program. His commitment to our student-athletes has been tremendous and they’ve responded with great results in ... 57803268@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:58:43 MDT Utah State football: Aggies reloading on defensive line http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57792705-77/malloe-defensive-state-aggies.html.csp Logan • He’s heard it all spring, and he’ll probably hear it into the fall. With his helmet on, Aggie newcomer John Taylor looks strikingly similar to a former Utah State standout who also played defensive end. It’s the long brown hair that drapes over his shoulders. But, no, he’s not Connor Williams. He’ll take it as a compliment, though. “I get that a lot,” he said. “It’s pretty funny.” The Aggies hope that Taylor will bear more than a passing resemblance to the graduated Williams, in games mo... Logan • He’s heard it all spring, and he’ll probably hear it into the fall. With his helmet on, Aggie newcomer John Taylor looks strikingly similar to a former Utah State standout who also played defensive end. It’s the long brown hair that drapes over his shoulders. But, no, he’s not Connor Williams. He’ll take it as a compliment, though. “I get that a lot,” he said. “It’s pretty funny.” The Aggies hope that Taylor will bear more than a passing resemblance to the graduated Williams, in games mo... 57792705@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:50:05 MDT Utah State busy with construction projects http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57787964-77/barnes-state-utah-stadium.html.csp Logan • As the Utah State campus slowly defrosts from the winter months, the Aggies are taking time in the spring to focus on man-made projects coming into bloom. Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes may donate much of his March to men’s college basketball, but he’s got a lot of work to do this April and May as the athletic department celebrates the completion of some of its most ambitious construction projects and makes strides toward the next big thing: renovations to Romney Stadium. In... Logan • As the Utah State campus slowly defrosts from the winter months, the Aggies are taking time in the spring to focus on man-made projects coming into bloom. Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes may donate much of his March to men’s college basketball, but he’s got a lot of work to do this April and May as the athletic department celebrates the completion of some of its most ambitious construction projects and makes strides toward the next big thing: renovations to Romney Stadium. In... 57787964@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:02:18 MDT Utah State football: Urgency hitting Aggies in second spring scrimmage (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57776260-77/spring-team-touchdown-yards.html.csp Logan • The crunch of pads could be heard from the nosebleeds at Romney Stadium. Frankie Sutera’s teeth-rattling hit on Jefferson Court left both Aggies needing a minute to collect themselves. Sutera, the senior safety, acknowledged later that next time he’ll lay off from laying out that much punishment. It was simply instinct. “I tried to lay off,” he said, “but the football in me wanted to hit him as hard as I can.” It may simply be the undercurrent of urgency floating around the Utah State f... Logan • The crunch of pads could be heard from the nosebleeds at Romney Stadium. Frankie Sutera’s teeth-rattling hit on Jefferson Court left both Aggies needing a minute to collect themselves. Sutera, the senior safety, acknowledged later that next time he’ll lay off from laying out that much punishment. It was simply instinct. “I tried to lay off,” he said, “but the football in me wanted to hit him as hard as I can.” It may simply be the undercurrent of urgency floating around the Utah State f... 57776260@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:20:34 MDT Utah State football: Offensive line chemistry coming together http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57770429-77/level-vavau-coach-group.html.csp Logan • Meeting room time was playtime for Bill Vavau last year. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound guard admits he may have not been as attentive as he should have been. Focus — that’s what he’s been working on this year. “Before, in the meetings, I was just playing around, and now I’m like, ‘Let’s go,’” he said. “I always watched the guys before me. I didn’t get the offense, that’s why I didn’t play more. This year, I get it completely.” Plugging in as a starting guard this spring, Vavau is one of the ne... Logan • Meeting room time was playtime for Bill Vavau last year. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound guard admits he may have not been as attentive as he should have been. Focus — that’s what he’s been working on this year. “Before, in the meetings, I was just playing around, and now I’m like, ‘Let’s go,’” he said. “I always watched the guys before me. I didn’t get the offense, that’s why I didn’t play more. This year, I get it completely.” Plugging in as a starting guard this spring, Vavau is one of the ne... 57770429@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:26:42 MDT Utah State basketball: Marcel Davis leaving increasingly thin Aggies http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57765775-77/davis-state-utah-aggies.html.csp The flood of outgoing transfers continues for the Utah State basketball program, which finds itself with a thinning roster for next season. Sophomore point guard Marcel Davis will transfer from the Aggies, his father Rodney Davis confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday afternoon. Utah State has not yet announced the transfer, the fourth since the Aggies’ 18-14 campaign ended in the Mountain West tournament loss to San Diego State. An early commitment out of American Fork, Davis struggled... The flood of outgoing transfers continues for the Utah State basketball program, which finds itself with a thinning roster for next season. Sophomore point guard Marcel Davis will transfer from the Aggies, his father Rodney Davis confirmed to The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday afternoon. Utah State has not yet announced the transfer, the fourth since the Aggies’ 18-14 campaign ended in the Mountain West tournament loss to San Diego State. An early commitment out of American Fork, Davis struggled... 57765775@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:27:03 MDT Utah State gymnastics: Aggies program looking to grow http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57765545-77/aggies-program-team-utah.html.csp Logan • Going to NCAA regional championships is nothing new to senior Paige Jones. Having a few more teammates for the experience, however — that’s a bit unprecedented for the current crop of Aggies. In years past, NCAA regionals were more of a solitary affair for USU. The best individuals in the program would compete in the all-around or their respective disciplines. The fun part of going to Fayetteville, Ark., this year for Jones, Sarah Landes and Stefanie Daley is that, for the first time sin... Logan • Going to NCAA regional championships is nothing new to senior Paige Jones. Having a few more teammates for the experience, however — that’s a bit unprecedented for the current crop of Aggies. In years past, NCAA regionals were more of a solitary affair for USU. The best individuals in the program would compete in the all-around or their respective disciplines. The fun part of going to Fayetteville, Ark., this year for Jones, Sarah Landes and Stefanie Daley is that, for the first time sin... 57765545@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:38:02 MDT Utah State football: Aggies flash speed, NFL potential at Pro Day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57759737-77/pro-yard-dash-iframe.html.csp Logan • They say one should take Pro Day stopwatch times with a grain of salt. The two dozen or more pro football scouts who came up to Utah State took them with a tape measure. After all of the 18 former Aggies prospects had run their 40-yard dashes once through, they measured the hashmarks of Utah State’s indoor facility to make sure the athletes were running the right distance. Once satisfied that the Aggies had the same field markings as every other football field in the country, they return... Logan • They say one should take Pro Day stopwatch times with a grain of salt. The two dozen or more pro football scouts who came up to Utah State took them with a tape measure. After all of the 18 former Aggies prospects had run their 40-yard dashes once through, they measured the hashmarks of Utah State’s indoor facility to make sure the athletes were running the right distance. Once satisfied that the Aggies had the same field markings as every other football field in the country, they return... 57759737@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:25:32 MDT Utah State football: Ags looking to grab attention on Pro Day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57754912-77/pro-state-utah-doughty.html.csp Logan • There are two dreams Jake Doughty has for his future, and one would think they’re at odds. He’s finishing the semester with an engineering degree, one of the most difficult academic undergraduate majors at Utah State. On the other hand, he’s got a shot — it’s a long shot, but a shot nonetheless — at a career in the NFL. His motto: Why choose? The all-conference linebacker wants to earn both his degree and a chance to play pro football. It’s about as difficult as you would think: When he’... Logan • There are two dreams Jake Doughty has for his future, and one would think they’re at odds. He’s finishing the semester with an engineering degree, one of the most difficult academic undergraduate majors at Utah State. On the other hand, he’s got a shot — it’s a long shot, but a shot nonetheless — at a career in the NFL. His motto: Why choose? The all-conference linebacker wants to earn both his degree and a chance to play pro football. It’s about as difficult as you would think: When he’... 57754912@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:36:57 MDT Kragthorpe: A Morrill dilemma for Utah State basketball http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57752907-77/morrill-coach-state-utah.html.csp Later this spring, when Utah State’s basketball operation moves into the new Wayne Estes Center, coach Stew Morrill will enjoy the vista of Cache Valley that unfolds below 800 East in Logan. Morrill at last will have an office window, just when the Aggies’ Mountain West membership has given him a much different view of the world. Kyle Whittingham is not the only famous alumnus of Provo High School whose job description changed radically after joining a more powerful conference. An eventual effe... Later this spring, when Utah State’s basketball operation moves into the new Wayne Estes Center, coach Stew Morrill will enjoy the vista of Cache Valley that unfolds below 800 East in Logan. Morrill at last will have an office window, just when the Aggies’ Mountain West membership has given him a much different view of the world. Kyle Whittingham is not the only famous alumnus of Provo High School whose job description changed radically after joining a more powerful conference. An eventual effe... 57752907@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:02:40 MDT Utah State football: Rashard Stewart fought his way to top http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57740690-77/stewart-brothers-football-guys.html.csp Logan • Typically, a football depth chart is a two-way street: You move up, or you move down. Rashard Stewart took a much more circuitous route. To see his name at the top of the cornerbacks is not to appreciate his odyssey to get there. Utah State’s senior defensive back came in with an ambiguously defined role, flipped positions once or twice and had a few injuries block his path. Since ascending to the top of the corners this year, coaches have seen how hard he’s willing to work to stay there... Logan • Typically, a football depth chart is a two-way street: You move up, or you move down. Rashard Stewart took a much more circuitous route. To see his name at the top of the cornerbacks is not to appreciate his odyssey to get there. Utah State’s senior defensive back came in with an ambiguously defined role, flipped positions once or twice and had a few injuries block his path. Since ascending to the top of the corners this year, coaches have seen how hard he’s willing to work to stay there... 57740690@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:32:07 MDT Kragthorpe: USU QB Chuckie Keeton poised for return http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57732500-77/keeton-state-usu-utah.html.csp Logan This is how Chuckie Keeton, Utah State’s dynamic quarterback and insightful storyteller, starts most of his sentences. “It’s kind of weird,” he’ll say. Or, “It’s crazy.” Or, “It’s funny.” And then the tale of his recovery from a knee injury that ended the most promising quarterbacking season in USU history will take another surprising twist. He’s not merely filling in the blanks, delivering standard answers to the subjects everyone’s been wondering about since that night in early October... Logan This is how Chuckie Keeton, Utah State’s dynamic quarterback and insightful storyteller, starts most of his sentences. “It’s kind of weird,” he’ll say. Or, “It’s crazy.” Or, “It’s funny.” And then the tale of his recovery from a knee injury that ended the most promising quarterbacking season in USU history will take another surprising twist. He’s not merely filling in the blanks, delivering standard answers to the subjects everyone’s been wondering about since that night in early October... 57732500@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:50:13 MDT