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USU football: Utah State ready for first spring scrimmage Saturday

Utah State head football coach Matt Wells addresses his team at the end of its first spring practice Wednesday morning at Maverik Stadium in Logan.
Utah State head football coach Matt Wells addresses his team at the end of its first spring practice Wednesday morning at Maverik Stadium in Logan.
Jeff Hunter for the Deseret News

After five practices, Utah State football will hold its first scrimmage of spring on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium on Saturday, March 19, at approximately 9:45 a.m.

The scrimmage, which will conclude Utah State’s second week of spring drills, is open to the public. Fans are asked to enter Maverik Stadium via the northeast gate and sit in the east stands as the west side of the stadium is an active construction area.

Fourth-year head coach Matt Wells will run his team through a roughly 100-play scrimmage and is looking forward to watching his players compete in a live scrimmage.

“There is a lot of competition on the field right now and we want to see everyone perform at a high level,” Wells said. “I want the guys that are returning starters to go out and play like it and treat this just like it’s game number one, which it is for the spring. And then the guys that are put into situations for the first time, because of inexperience and youth, I want to see them play fast and see them play hard.”

The Aggies will be put in six different situations during the scrimmage: coming out from the offense's own 1-yard line; beginning at the offense's own 30-yard line; a period starting at the offense's 40; two red-zone periods, beginning at the defense's 12-yard line and 25-yard line; and a two-minute period. The No. 1 offense is scheduled to compete versus the No. 1 defense throughout the scrimmage with the No. 2 units facing off versus one another.

Utah State will continue its spring schedule next week, practicing on Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and on Thursday from 6-8 a.m., before concluding the week with a third practice on Friday, March 25, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

During the five-week period, the Aggies will participate in 15 spring practice sessions, culminating with their annual Blue vs. White Spring Game on Saturday, April 9, on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium at 2 p.m.

All practice days, times and locations are subject to change.

Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.