LOGAN, Utah-Despite having to move his first fall camp scrimmage indoors due to inclement weather, the sophomore head coach Blake Anderson was pleased with what he saw from defending Mountain West and Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl champions as Utah State practiced for the eighth time on Saturday.
“Being inside wasn’t what we wanted, but I think we had a good practice,” Anderson said. “The energy was really good. I didn’t think the execution was great, but as expected we have a lot of new guys trying to find their way and I think it can be a really good movie for us and make some improvements over the next week.”
With the scrimmage held inside, Utah State mostly worked between the 30-yard lines and made no plays in the red zone.
Overall, the Utah State offense gained 688 yards (535 passing, 153 rushing), while the Aggie defense forced three turnovers with two interceptions and a fumble, while adding 13. 0 sacks and 24.0 tackles for loss.
Junior Quarterback Cooper Legas led Utah State as he was 13 of 22 passing for 193 yards as a sophomore Levi Williams, a transfer from Wyoming, was 11 of 22 passing for 173 yards. senior graduate Logan Bonner was 5 of 10 for 73 yards in limited action.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver NyNy Davis caught seven passes for 96 yards, while the graduating junior Xavier Williams, a transfer from Alabama, caught four passes for 92 yards. Junior Terrell Vaughna transfer from Ventura (California) Junior College, had four receptions for 57 yards, and the redshirt freshman tight end Parker Buchanan had three catches for 34 yards.
In all, 13 different Aggies caught passes during the scrum.
Junior running back John Gentry led the Aggies rushing offense with 50 yards on seven carries, while senior Pailate Makakona gained 45 yards on six carries as a freshman Robert Briggs carried the ball 10 times for 36 yards. Overall, Utah State used six different running backs in the scrimmage.
Defensively, Graduated Junior Defensive End Daniel Grzesiak, a transfer from Nevada, had 5.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss, in his 10 total saves. Junior defensive end Byron Vaughn finished the scrimmage with five tackles, including 3.0 sacks, and senior defensive tackle Hale Motu’aopuaka had 2.0 sacks and three total tackles. Senior security graduate Hunter Reynolds and first-year linebacker inside Josh Williams both had interceptions during the scrimmage, while the redshirt freshman inside linebacker Sione Moa forced a fumble which was recovered by the redshirt senior cornerback Xavion Steele.
For the scrum, six different Aggies recorded a sack and 14 different players had a tackle for loss.
“The defense stood out today,” added Anderson. “They had a tough day a few days ago and we challenged them and they came back with the right attitude. I thought collectively they were getting better as the day went on.”
Utah State will continue its fall camp program next week and will host its second and final open scrimmage on Saturday, August 13, as part of Football Family Fun Day at 2 p.m.
Utah State will open the 2022 season on Saturday, August 27, when it hosts Connecticut at 2 p.m. in a game that will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1. USU will then play Alabama on Saturday, September 3 and will host Weber. State on Saturday, September 10, before starting play at home against UNLV on Saturday, September 24, in a game that will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network at 5 p.m.
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