August 5th and 6th marked the first two days of Utah State’s fall camps, and already there are standouts, mainly on the offensive side of the ball. Head Coach Matt Wells raved about freshmen wide receivers Gerold Bright and Rayshad Lewis, saying that they both did a great job of catching the ball on the outside of their bodies.
Coach Wells is seemingly very impressed with the receiving corps this year, as Junior wide receiver Braelon Roberts received “Offensive Player of the Day” honors on the 5th.
With nine returning offensive starters and an improved receiving corps Utah State hopes to have much better offensive production than last year, when they finished 9th in the Mountain West in total offense.
While the Utah State offense is likely to improve greatly, the always fantastic Utah State defense might have a problem. With only three returning starters the defense is almost sure to struggle to find leadership.
While the Aggie defense might struggle to find leadership, the Utah State defense will be far from bad, their secondary has been lighting it up in practice. Sophomore safety Gaje Ferguson intercepted a pair of passes during Saturday’s practice and even returned one 30 yards for a touchdown.
Cornerbacks Jalen Davis and Jentz Painter have also been playing lockdown defense. While the Aggie defense might fall off a little bit as a result of losing so many starters, you can trust that they will still have one of the best defenses in the Mountain West.
The Aggies will have their first practice in full pads on August 10th, and will have an open scrimmage game on August the 20th. Their first game will be on September 1st against instate opponent Weber State.