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Utah State’s Jake Doughty is the heartbeat of the Aggies
Utah State football » Linebacker, voted Most Inspirational by teammates, leads USU’s stout defense.


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As is his fashion, Doughty took goofy pictures with the award, a football embossed with his name. He stumbled through a short, improvised speech, getting laughs instead of teary eyes.

The emotion was reserved for himself, releasing not long after he stepped away from the podium and was on his own. He looked down with bright eyes at the football, on which was written, "Wishes come true."

At a glance

Jake Doughty’s legacy

When he leaves Utah State, the senior linebacker will be remembered in the record books:

» 140 tackles in one season is seventh-best in program history.

» One of 15 USU players to record multiple 100-tackle seasons.

» One of 34 USU players to be two-time all-conference first team.

» A leader of top-10 scoring defenses in 2012 and 2013.

» A member of the all-time winningest Utah State class (30).

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"You want to be respected by your teammates and your coaches," Doughty said. "That’s a true judge of character. It tells you about the kind of person you are rather than what you’re able to do athletically with what God gave you. It means a lot more to me. This award means more to me than anything I’ve ever gotten."

kgoon@sltrib.com




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