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Both sides shine in Aggie scrimmage

Consistency is key to success at USU, Dennehy says

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LOGAN — Utah State concluded its two-a-day practices with a 60-play scrimmage at Romney Stadium on Friday night. Both the offense and defense had their shining moments.

"All in all, I thought it was a typical end of two-a-days scrimmage," first-year USU coach Mick Dennehy said. "I thought there were a lot of good things on both sides. There are some things that in order for us to be a good football team, we have got to clean up. Offensively speaking, our receivers and quarterbacks need to get on the same page more often. We probably had three or four plays that were huge plays if the ball is there, and we catch it, we go. We had a couple of situations where we had receivers open and didn't get the ball there, and we have to do that."

Offensively, the running backs stood out for the Aggies as John Roberts rushed nine times for 79 yards and Emmett White added 51 yards on nine carries. David Fiefia carried seven times for 35 yards.

Roberts opened the scrimmage with a 42-yard run for the longest play of the night. He later added runs of 12 and 10 yards, while White had three carries between 11 and 14 yards. Fiefia had rushes of 14 and 12 yards.

With starting quarterback Jeff Crosbie sitting out the scrimmage due to headaches, Brian Benza hit six-of-12 attempts for 107 yards and one touchdown and Jose Fuentes completed 10-of-18 passes for 66 yards. Fuentes came on strong completing eight of his last 11 attempts.

The Aggie offense scored three times in the 11-drive scrimmage. Brad Bohn booted a 37-yard field, Dane Kidman kicked a 20-yarder and Benza connected with White on an 18-yard scoring pass in the game's fourth possession.

In all, 10 different players caught passes, including Marshall Sanders (one catch for 28 yards), White (2-27) and J.R. Suguturaga (3-25).

Defensively, backup linebacker Nathan Barber made six unassisted tackles, including a sack for eight yards. Tyler Olsen added four tackles, including a sack and another tackles for loss. Ryan Duncan was credited with two sacks and a pass pressure. Maurice Caraway recorded the night's only interception, while Robert Watts had the evening's other sack.

"Practicing against yourself you have ebbs and flows," Dennehy said. "Early on, the offense kind of gashed the defense, and the last couple of days the defense sucked it up and made it pretty tough for the offense to move the ball. It is one of those things where it kind of bounces from day-to-day."

The Aggies open the season at Texas Tech on Saturday, Sept. 2.

"I am satisfied," Dennehy said. "We are a team that is good enough that when we look really good, we look really good, yet in order for us to be really good, we have to do that more often."