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Guest commentary: Utah State learns more about itself during first spring football scrimmage

LOGAN — Spring practice is all about learning, and on Saturday, Utah State learned more about who would lead their team and who could be impact players who may not have gotten the attention that they want in the past.

On Saturday, the Aggies football team held a public scrimmage at Maverik Stadium in Logan. The scrimmage was two hours long and consisted of 100 snaps under center. Throughout the scrimmage, the coaching staff played almost every player on both offense and defense in order to give themselves looks at who can do what and try to get their starters in order before the first game in September.


The scrimmage started with head coach and play-caller Matt Wells putting all of his starters on offense and defense. Junior quarterback Kent Myers started along with running backs LaJuan Hunt and Devante Mays. During the scrimmage, Myers looked comfortable with running the ball himself, but a little hesitant throwing it. In his first series under center, he threw an interception and was taken out of the series.

Backup QB Damion Hobbs came in and did a good job running and throwing. In his series, he had running backs Daniel Gray and Justin Hervey. While throwing the ball, he mainly targeted wide receivers Braelon Roberts and Tyler Fox. Hobbs ran the ball in for a touchdown from five yards out. The third, fourth and fifth string quarterbacks were also given equal amounts of playing time.

The Utah State defense also came up big in the scrimmage. They held the offense to 363 yards, with 185 rushing and 178 receiving. The defense also had two interceptions and sacked the quarterbacks four times.

"I saw some good, aggressive plays by the defense, and I thought they did a nice job of forcing turnovers,” Wells said.

Highlight players

One of the highlight players on the offensive side is senior wide receiver Kennedy Williams. Williams had two receptions for 19 yards and also carried the ball once for 19 yards. The loss of the two leading receivers for the Aggies last season, Hunter Sharp and Devonte Robinson, will give Williams and the other receivers chances to make the first string and make an impact.

"Kennedy Williams, to me right now, is the highlight of spring ball on offense in terms of his approach to practice, his demeanor and his willingness to make plays on special teams," Wells said.

On the defensive side, cornerbacks Daniel Gray and Jalen Davis were making plays the entire day. They had both interceptions and were in charge of covering the 14 receivers that Utah State has. Utah State will need defenders to step up with the losses of linebackers Nick Vigil and Kyler Fackrell.

“Every single day we’re out there practicing, going as hard as we can,” Davis said. “It just shows what practice can do to you.”

The Aggies will have another scrimmage on April 1 and their annual Blue-White spring game will be April 9.

Logan Dzatko is a freshman journalism and communications major attending Utah State University. EMAIL: