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Aggies have high expectations for 2014

If you are a Utah State fan, you had to like the way coach Matt Wells and players Chuckie Keeton and Zach Vigil represented themselves here at the MWC media days in Las Vegas.

Wells made it clear he isn't satisfied with last year's efforts while Keeton seems fully capable of handling defenses on the field and media pressure off it. As for Vigil, well, he can't wait to get into camp and kick some butt.

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"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 camp to start to show them."

All-in-all, optimism reigned during the media day for the Aggies, starting with Keeton's selection as the preseason offensive player of the year.

Keeton, whose Heisman campaign officially is under way, will be at full strength when camp opens on Aug. 5.

Keeton said he the Heisman push was a bit weird because he didn't like all the individualized attention.

"For me it's just a great honor to represent Utah State," he said. "It's my name, but it's Utah State on the jersey."

He was more eager to focus on the Aggies' hopes for 2014. Both Keeton and Vigil said the Aggies believe they can make a push for the Mountain division title even with a tough road schedule.

"I think we are going to turn some heads this year," Keeton said.

The key for success in Vigil's mind will be camp, when the seniors can set the tone for the new guys.

"The biggest thing is we didn't win a big game that we shouldn't have last year," he said. "We have to do that this year and we get the chance right off the bat with Tennessee."

As for Wells, he said the 2014 team already reminds him of the 2012 team. He said he didn't want to jinx anyone or anything with high expectations that the Aggies could have a year similar to that 11-2 campaign, but he couldn't help make the comparison.

"We are youthful in a lot of positions like that team was," he said. "But we have the passion. Hopefully we can replicate that success."


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