UTAH STATE AGGIES NEWS

Utah State football notes: Aggie newcomers shake up status quo in starting lineup

Logan • Days before the season-opener at Wisconsin, it looks like more than a few newcomers will be starting for USU against the Badgers. That includes redshirt freshman Jordan Nathan at wide receiver and three juniors who transfered to Utah State from junior colleges. Nathan is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound freshman from Monrovia (Ca.) who reshirted his first season with the Aggies last...
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25 days ago

Scott D. Pierce: Three Utah State games will stream on Facebook; ESPN still loves BYU

The Utah State football team will be on Facebook quite a bit this fall — a quarter of its regular season. We’re not talking about the players going online. Three USU games — Sept. 7 vs. Idaho State, Sept. 23 at San Jose State and Oct. 14 vs. Wyoming — will be produced for and streamed on Facebook. Stadium, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcasting — the parent company...
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25 days ago

Aggies' offensive line boosted by pair of position changes

Change is never easy, but it was necessary for the Utah State offensive line. Two players have made position changes to bolster the Aggies’ offensive front. Junior Roman Andrus has moved from defensive end to offensive tackle, while Damian Hobbs — a former quarterback who transferred from Oregon — is now a tight end. “I bought into it. It’s been going really well and I’m...
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28 days ago

Utah women's soccer opens with win over Utah State

The Utah women’s soccer team scored twice in the first two minutes of the game and went on to beat Utah State 2-0 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Natalie Vukics and Tatum Thornton scored the goals for the Utes (1-0), who enter the season ranked No. 18 in the country. Janie Kearl and Natalee Wells had the assists on the two goals. Carly Nelson picked up her...
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29 days ago

Rep. Chris Stewart goes behind bars at Utah State Prison to talk with inmates about ‘elites,’ Clinton, Trump and Russian meddling

They asked him about Hillary Clinton’s emails. They questioned whether Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election. And they pushed back against his response to the opioid epidemic. For Republican Rep. Chris Stewart, the Wednesday town hall sounded “much like any other” he’s held. It just didn’t look the same. As the congressman paced back and forth at the front of...
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August 23, 2017

Tech jobs are everywhere in Utah. State leaders want to get you the training to fill one.

Lehi • As human resources director at the software company Domo, Cathy Donahoe understands the needs, opportunities and challenges that must be addressed by the state’s new IT Pathways Program. Companies of all sizes need employees throughout their ranks who are computer savvy, she said at Wednesday’s unveiling of the initiative, an event that attracted the governor, university...
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August 23, 2017

Utah State football: For Aggie long-snapper, it has been a coast-to-coast journey

Logan • It has almost been a coast-to-coast journey, twice over, for Utah State long snapper Emmett Odegard. Listed as a special teams position, the long-snapper for punts and field goals is truly a specialist calling for Odegard — and only a few others on the college level. “A select few and even a select few more who are the best at it, who put in a lot of time and energy...
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August 23, 2017

Utah State University study: National monuments are neither economic 'boon nor bane'

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s will issue recommendations this week for large national monuments that will reverberate across Utah, where residents remain divided over the new Bears Ears and the 21-year-old Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Zinke has signaled he will urge major reductions to the two Utah monuments, which state and county leaders say strangle local...
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August 23, 2017

Utah State University hosts wild horse summit, but excludes key advocates and the public

Critics of a national conference on wild horses, opening this week in Salt Lake City, claim its state organizers have closed the event to the public and excluded key figures in the horse-advocacy community. Utah State University is hosting the three-day event starting Tuesday in an effort to provide participants “with the best available science, to help them make informed decisions...
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August 21, 2017

Utah State football preview: Aggies lean on experience as they try to rebound

Kent Myers’ role with the Utah State football team hasn’t changed much since he was a freshman in 2014. Myers was thrust into the role of starting quarterback when injuries claimed starter Chuckie Keaton and others on the depth chart. But those were carefree days, compared with now. The Aggies finished 10-4, won a bowl game and the only worry boosters had about second-year coach...
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August 19, 2017

Monson: The most important factor for BYU, Utah, Utah State success rhymes with smuarterback

One thing has become as clear as any other in modern college football — the game is quarterback-centric. Not exactly a newsflash. It’s always seemed to be that way, but that supposition has spiraled into fact over the past few decades, especially over the past few years. And that fact has been substantiated by both great quarterback play and the lack thereof. It’s certainly...
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August 19, 2017

Joe Tukuafu's inability to transfer from Utah State shines light on a growing issue

He watches his future teammates from the sidelines, lifts weights by himself and waits until practice is over and the coaches are gone before he begins running ladders. Joe Tukuafu suffers alone. But he isn’t suffering silently. “I want to make it known that this rule isn’t fair at all,” the 21-year-old says. “I want to stand up for what I believe is right. I’m standing...
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August 17, 2017

Utah State looks for Ian Togiai to lead defensive line<br>

He once had a killer nickname, one that’s still used by some for him. And the second of four athletic boys from a West Valley City family, he’s also known as the quiet one. “He takes quiet to another degree sometimes,” Utah State football coach Matt Wells said. But Ian Togiai actually does have something to say as his senior year begins as a defensive end for the Aggies....
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August 12, 2017

How radio DJs reading ads is leading a law firm to sue the Utah State Bar

You’ve probably seen their ads on television or the radio. They tote themselves as more than just attorneys — they’re “The Advocates.” The TV spots often feature a guy hiking or camping or spending time with his family. Then a phone call comes in, and he drops everything to help an injured client. On the radio, a disc jockey might tell listeners about how the Utah personal...
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August 08, 2017

Photos: Utah State Fair closes for 2014

Sunday was the final day for this year's Utah State Fair. The livestock, food, rides and music had an 11-day run.
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August 03, 2017

Utah State football: Aggies take lessons from 2016 collapse, vow to apply them this season

Logan • After enduring a career-worst 3-9 finish last year, one might think Utah State coach Matt Wells would prefer talking about something other than 2016 and instead focus on the upcoming season. In fact, Wells has been thinking about last season for the last eight months. He has digested it thoroughly, and found it doesn’t taste any better now than it did then. Now, he...
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August 03, 2017

2 inmates stabbed at Utah State Prison

The Uinta Facility at the Utah State Prison was put on lockdown Saturday after two inmate assaults. As of 4:30 p.m., the lockdown had lifted. Visitations will resume on Sunday. None of the injuries in the two assaults were life-threatening, according to prison spokeswoman Brooke Adams. In the first attack, an inmate stabbed another inmate at about 6:30 a.m. during recreation time...
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August 03, 2017

2 inmates charged with 2 homicides at Utah State Prison

Two Utah State Prison inmates were charged Wednesday in separate homicides of other inmates. Mario Alfonso Lucero, 33, was charged with first-degree felony murder in the February 10 strangulation death of his cellmate, Julio Guerrero, 23. Lucero had moved into Guerrero's cell one day earlier, charges state. After another inmate reported there was "an issue" in their cell, prison...
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August 03, 2017

Value of Utah State Prison land in Draper depends on what replaces it

State lawmakers released competing reports Tuesday about the economic benefit of moving the Utah State Prison out of Draper. One, requested by Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville, argues the state's original estimates are based on faulty assumptions and therefore are unreliable. He believes the prison should stay where it is. The second, requested by Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville...
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August 03, 2017

Utah State football: Aggies to play UTEP in New Mexico Bowl

Utah State's run defense will be tested once again. The Aggies are set to play UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:20 p.m., and will be televised by ESPN. The Aggies (9-4) are making a fourth-straight bowl appearance, a streak that is a record for the program. USU is 3-6 all-time in bowl game appearances, including a 21-14 win against No. 24...
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August 03, 2017

Aggies’ A.D. search 
on schedule, boss says

Logan • The search for a new athletic director at Utah State remains on schedule, according to university President Stan L. Albrecht. The Aggies must replace Scott Barnes, who took the athletic director job at Pittsburgh in April. He leaves Utah State on July 1. Albrecht says the improvement in the Aggie program in recent years under its past two athletic directors, Randy Spetman...
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August 03, 2017

Utah State football: Aggies open camp in spirited fashion

Logan • The weather might have been a little gloomy, but for the Utah State Aggies, Friday was a near perfect day to get on the field and begin fall camp. The Aggies went through two-hour plus practice to the blare of rap music and the enthusiastic yells that marked the first day. Some of the biggest cheers were for defender Ricky Ali'ifua, who picked off a pass at the end of practice...
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August 03, 2017

Utah State football: Aggies turn the page; Aztecs up next

Logan • When a college football team keeps winning, the games get bigger and bigger as the season progresses, with more and more riding on every outcome. It's a simple truth — one Utah State has positioned itself to relearn after an overpowering 52-26 victory over Boise State last week. By blasting the Broncos, the Aggies improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference...
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August 03, 2017

Utah State basketball: Aggies look ahead after snapping losing streak

Logan • Utah State coach Tim Duryea knew something had to change. Heading into Tuesday night's game against New Mexico, the Aggies had lost five in a row and, along the way, they struggled defensively and on the glass. "New Mexico is a hard team to guard," Duryea said "They give you a lot of problems. But I thought we just can't go down the same road over and over. We can't shoot...
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August 03, 2017

Former Utah State football player pleads guilty to drug and weapons felonies

A former Utah State University football player pleaded guilty this week to a weapons offense and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Christopher Steven Copier, 24, entered his pleas for the second- and third-degree felonies, respectively, in 1st District Court on Monday, and his sentencing is set for Jan. 30. As part of a plea agreement, five other counts...
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August 03, 2017
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