Utah State football will hold second Spring scrimmage Friday afternoon

Utah State head coach Gary Andersen cheers on his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Idaho, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Moscow, Idaho. (AP Photo/Alicia Carlson)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s football team will hold its second scrimmage of spring camp on Friday, April 20 from 5:20 to 6:30 p.m., on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Admission to the scrimmage is free.

“We wanted to give fans the best opportunity to come out and watch us scrimmage. It is supposed to be a good weather and we’d love to have all our great fans be there enjoying a nice evening of spring football,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said.

Utah State’s scrimmage on Friday will be its 12th of 15 practices during spring camp and Andersen is pleased with the progress his team has made thus far.

“It’s been very competitive. One of the major goals wehave is to create competition at every spot in spring and I think we’ve accomplished that goal. You always wonder about the new leaders and the keyguys that you lost, and initially there was a little bit of a shock factor with not having Robert (Turbin) and Michael (Smith), not having Bobby (Wagner) and Kyle (Gallagher), and the list goes on and on. I think by each position group they’ve grown into their 2012 mindset and they’ve got their own identity, which is good,” said Andersen.

“Overall, it’s been a solid spring other than the injuries, which we’ve had quite a few of but none of them are serious. These kids like to practice and they come out with good energy. We have 11 good spring practices down and we’re looking forward to a good scrimmage tomorrow.”

As for Friday’s scrimmage, Andersen plans on working on a little bit of everything from pressure situations with the special teams to the first offense competing against the first defense in a variety of scenariosthat all together will amount to about 70 snaps of the football.

“The scrimmage will be quick, but it should be aggressive and fast and the kids are looking forward to it,” stated Andersen.

Next week, Utah State is tentatively scheduled to practice Tuesday and Thursday mornings in final tune-up for the Blue-White Spring Game presented by Orbit Irrigation Products, on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. Admission will again be free to the public and further details along with events surrounding the Spring Game will be released next week.

Practices are currently scheduled to be open to the public, but are subject to change. When the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. When USU in the Laub Indoor Facility, fans must remain in the opening by the doorway.

Utah State football season ticket renewals and new sales for the 2012 season are available at 2011’s prices until May 1. Renewals are available online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu. Fans interested in new sales should contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.

Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State UniversityAthletics.

2012 SPRING PRACTICE DATES/TIMES:

*** SUBJECT TO CHANGE ***

Fri., April 20 – 5:20 – 6:30 p.m. – Scrimmage

Tues., April 24 – 6:15 – 8 a.m.

Thurs., April 26 – 6:15 – 8 a.m.

Saturday, April 28 – 2 p.m.

*** SPRING GAME ***

SPRING PRACTICE POLICIES

* All Tues.-Thurs. practices are tentatively scheduled for the Laub Indoor Facility with Friday practices tentatively scheduled for Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, but are subject to change.

* All practices are tentatively open to the public, but they must remain off the field. When the Aggies are on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium, fans must remain in the stands at all times. When USU in the Laub Indoor Facility, fans must remain in the opening by doorway. All open practices are subject to change.

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