Utah State Football will hold the final scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday

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Utah State Football held its second and final scrimmage of fall camp Saturday at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, and the Aggie defense shone for most of the afternoon.

Offensively, Utah State held three of its top seven offensive linemen and played its second and third units for a good chunk of scrimmage.

“We’re far from a finished product and still have a lot to do,” said the second-year head coach Blake Anderson. “We had to look at a lot of people today. There were a lot of different rotations and we tried to get one last look at a handful of guys to see if they could help us.

“The defense just had a little more juice than the offense today. They’re all down, exhausted and tired, but we’re not quite done yet. Three more days of camp before we turn the page and start watching Game One. The film will be really good to learn from. I’m not sure if we did anything really, really well today. Hopefully, amidst all the chaos and all the transitions from one group to the next and substitutions, hopefully we’ll find a couple of guys who showed up today in a way that we can count on when we start focusing on game time to concentrate.

Overall, the Utah State defense recorded 8.0 sacks and 23.0 tackles for losses, along with three pass breakups, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. Junior DE Patrick Joyner Jr. led USU with 11 tackles, including 3.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for losses, and graduated Senior S Hunter Reynolds added six tackles. Graduate Junior DE Daniel Grzesiak, a transfer from Nevada, had another productive scrimmage as he ended the day with 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for the loss as part of his five total stops. And Redshirt Newcomer DE Enoka Migao also shone on Saturday with 1.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss as part of his five total tackles.

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Other Aggies with multiple tackles for loss were sophomore DE John Warda transfer from UCLA, with three senior DTs Hale Motu’apuaka with two, senior DT Aurion peoples with two and in the second year DE Tavian Colemana transfer form of Trinity Valley (Texas) Junior College, with two.

A total of six different aggies recorded a sack and 12 different players had a tackle for loss.

The Utah State defense also had three turnovers that day when Motu’apuaka redeemed a fumble in the red zone while Senior CB Michael Anyanwu and redshirt newcomer S Ike Larsen both had interceptions.

Offensively, Utah State spent a lot of time on their running game, as 10 different players carried the ball a total of 77 times for 237 yards and scored five touchdowns. Junior John Gentry led the charge in gaining 58 yards on six carries when he was older Pailate Macakona rushed for 50 yards for 13 carries and a score. Graduate senior Calvin Tyler Jr. finished the day with 45 yards on 10 carries, plus a few touchdowns and junior Jordan Wilmorea transfer from Fresno State, carried the ball 10 times for 39 yards.

In the second series of scrimmage, Makakona hit on a 17-yard run to end a 10-play 65-yard drive.

The Aggie defense then scored a shutout in the next seven series as they limited each drive to five players or fewer and recorded a pair of turnovers on a fiddly recovery and an interception.

Utah State then scored five touchdowns in various red zone scenarios, including two short touchdown runs by Tyler. USU also had 1-yard touchdown runs from two of its sophomore quarterbacks Levi Williamsa transfer from Wyoming and Freshman Bishop Davenport (Spring, Texas/Spring HS).

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Utah State had two touchdown passes that day and both came from Williams when he connected with Junior TE Josh Sterzer for a 9-yard finish and with Junior WR Terrell Vaughna transfer from Ventura (California) Junior College, on a 24-yard finish.

Overall, Williams was 6 of 14 passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns to lead Utah State. Overall, four different quarterbacks that day went 14 of 43 for 168 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Junior Kyle Van Leeuwen led wide outs with three receptions for 28 yards while Vaughn finished with two receptions for 34 yards. Sterzer also had a pair of 20-yard catches and a senior degree Brian Cobbs, a transfer from Maryland, had a reception for 24 yards. A total of 10 Aggies caught passes during scrimmage.

The state of Utah will open the 2022 season on Saturday, August 27 when Connecticut plays at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. USU then plays in Alabama on Saturday, September 3 and hosts Weber State on Saturday, September 10, before MW plays UNLV at home on Saturday, September 24, in a game that begins statewide at 5 p.m p.m. on CBS Sports Network

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