Whoa here they come. Watch out boy they’ll chew you up. Whoa here they come, they’re Cougar eaters. No longer are the ‘kid brothers’ to the very north considered push-overs. They’ve grown up, they’ve taken punches, but now they too can punch back. In 2010, Utah State crushed BYU. In 2011, they crushed BYU, but like all of the other games USU lost, they were leading in the 4th quarter and lost focus. Head Coach Gary Andersen seems to have the Aggies moving in the right direction.
Offense – That direction moves with dual standout QB’s Chuckie Keeton and Adam Kennedy. Whoever gets the starting nod will be depended upon heavily as they work in first time running backs. Stars Robert Turbin and Michael Smith were both drafted in the NFL. Combine those losses with 3 on the offensive line and you’ve got a recipe for rebuilding. Joe Hill and Tavarreon Dickerson are the top 2 RB’s competing for the top spot.
Defense – There were a lot of changes to the front 7 with incoming, unproven talent. During their spring game, Linebacker Kyler Fackrell emerged as a player that we’ll be talking about again in the future. Zach Vigil and Frankie Sutera are the more experienced playmakers on this side of the ball. They’ll need to rely on each other to play as a team, make stops and get off the field.
They won’t be overlooked any longer by the Cougars. Maybe that’s a good thing as they head in to conference weekend in October.