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Three straight three-win seasons isn't anything to do jumping jacks
about, but last year was different. It was the debut of head coach
Brent Guy, who wasn't afraid right off the bat to get fresh faces in
key spots. The lumps taken should pay off with as many as 12
sophomores looking to play prominent roles.
The second big change was the conference. After two years of doing
nothing in the Sun Belt, the Aggies did nothing in the WAC coming
only beating San Jose State and New Mexico State to go along with a
non-conference shocker over UNLV.
There's not going to be a major turnaround in year two and there
won't be much hope of competing for the conference title, but the
team should be better and it proved it could be competitive by the
end of last year playing Nevada and Louisiana Tech tough before
beating New Mexico State.
Head coach: Brent Guy
2nd year: 3-8
Off. 17, Def. 16, ST 1
Lettermen Lost: 17
Best Aggie Players
1. WR/PR Kevin Robinson, Jr.
2. WR/KR Tony Pennyman, Sr.
3. FS Terrence Washington, Sr.
4. LB Jake Hutton Soph.
RB Marcus Cross, Jr.
QB Leon Jackson III, Jr.
7. OG Malik Cin, Sr.
8. LB Devon Hall, Soph.
9. DT Brian Soi, Soph.
10. CB Marquise Charles, Soph.
at San Jose State
at Louisiana Tech
at Boise State
New Mexico State
Preview 2005 predicted wins
UNLV W 31-24
at Idaho L 27-13
San Jose St
at Fresno State L 53-21
Boise State L 45-21
at Alabama L 35-3
Louisiana Tech L 27-17
Hawaii L 50-23
Nevada L 30-24
at NMSU W 24-21
First and foremost, the offense needs a running
game from someone other than the quarterbacks. JUCO transfer Marcus
Cross needs to be a key cog in the attack right off the bat and big
Lynwood Johnson has to wear out defenses late in games. The passing game
should be better with the return of All-WAC candidates Kevin Robinson
and Tony Pennyman at receiver and Leon Jackson III at quarterback.
Robinson and Pennyman are two of the nation's better return men.
The defense returns enough experience to be a little bit better than
last year, but it has some mile-wide holes to fill losing pass rushing
terror John Chick and corner Jarrett Bush, who was one of the nation's
leaders in broken up passes. Finding a steady kicking game and improving
the coverage units would be a big help.
With only one winning season since 1993, the Aggies don't have to do
too much to have one of their best seasons in recent years. But with
only a few seniors in the two-deep depth chart, this might be a stepping
stone to 2007.
The Schedule: It's
not awful. You could do worse with a non-conference slate than play
at Wyoming, at Arkansas, Utah and at BYU. The Aggies probably aren't
good enough to hang around with Nevada or Boise State, so it's not
the worst thing in the world to have those two games on the road.
Home games against Idaho and New Mexico State have to be must wins, while coming away with a victory at San Jose State will
be necessary to have any prayer of a winning season.
Offensive Player: Junior WR Kevin Robinson and Senior WR Tony
Pennyman. Robinson is big and fast, Pennyman is short and quick, and
both are good enough to be in the hunt for All-WAC honors. They've
combined to be the stars of the passing game over the last two
seasons and will also be on the All-America short lists as kick
Defensive Player: Senior FS Terrence Washington. A ball-hawking
all-star before a knee injury knocked him out in 2004, Washington
wasn't quite right last season. If he gets his range back this year,
he'll be one of the league's better all-around defenders.
player to a successful season: Junior RB Marcus Cross. Ryan Bohm
led the Aggies in rushing last season with 340 yards and four
touchdowns. The number two running back was Chris Forbes, who ran
for 137 yards and two scores. Cross, a JUCO transfer, has to be a
150-carry back and needs to average over four yards a pop.
season will be a success if ... Utah State wins five games. It'll
likely only be favored against Idaho and New Mexico State, so it
should take a few upsets to be within range of a winning season.
Having not won five or more games in five years, it would be a good
turnaround season to go into late November with an outside chance of
pulling off six victories.
November 4th vs. Hawaii. The Warriors are notoriously
average away from home, and Utah State has to take advantage. Hawaii
is the far better team, but the Aggies need this win as the only
home oasis sandwiched between four road trips.
- Kickoff return average: Opponents 24.5 yards per return - Utah State
24.1 yards per return
- Interception return average: Opponents 21.5 yards per returns -
Utah State 5.3 yards per return
- Yards per carry: Opponents 3.9 - Utah State 2.9
The Last Time Utah State…
…played in a bowl game…1997 (Humanitarian Bowl vs. Cincinnati)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2003 (Arkansas State)
…was shutout…2004 (Middle Tennessee State)
…scored 50 points…2001 (Weber State)
…won a conference title…1997 (share, Big West)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2002 (Jose Fuentes)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2001 (Emmett White)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2002 (Kevin Curtis)
…had a first-round draft choice…1970 (DT Phil Olsen)