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In the history of college sports, has any coach ever started out a
career 6-29 and been given a vote of confidence? That's what Utah
State's Brent Guy got from new athletic director Scott Barnes, at
least he got a little bit of one, but there won't be a year five
without a big improvement this season. And for good reason.
This has been one of the nation's worst teams over the last few
years in just about every way possible. Outside of the greatness of
kick and punt returner Kevin Robinson, who was drafted by Kansas
City in the sixth round this year, the team has done absolutely
nothing. To make matters worse, 20 starters returned last season and
there was a major upgrade in the kicking game. It still didn't
Head coach: Brent Guy
4th year: 6-29
Off. 13, Def. 24, ST 3
Lettermen Lost: 13
Best Aggie Players
1. LB Jake Hutton, Sr.
2. TE Rob Myers, Sr.
3. LB Paul Igboeli, Jr.
4. DT/DE Ben Calderwood, Sr.
5. C Ryan Tonnemacher, Sr.
6. OT Spencer Johnson, Soph.
7. SS James Brindley, Jr.
8. FS Caleb Taylor, Sr.
9. DT Casey Davis, Jr.
10. DT Magnmu Mauga, Jr.
Aug. 30 at UNLV
CFN Prediction: 1-11
2008 Record: 0-0
Sept. 6 at Oregon
Sept. 13 Utah
Sept. 20 Idaho
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 3 BYU
Oct. 11 at San Jose State
Oct. 18 at Nevada
Oct. 25 Fresno State
Nov. 1 Hawaii
Nov. 8 at Boise State
Nov. 15 at Louisiana Tech
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 New Mexico State
CFN Prediction: 0-12
2007 Record: 2-10
Sept. 8 at
Wyoming L 32-14
Sept. 15 at
Oklahoma L 54-3
Sept. 22 San
Jose St L 23-20
Sept. 29 at
Utah L 34-18
Hawaii L 52-37
Nevada L 31-28
Louisiana Tech L 31-21
Fresno St L 38-27
Boise State L 52-0
Idaho W 24-19
However, the Aggies ended an ugly 0-10 start with wins over New
Mexico State and Idaho to close out the season, and while it might
not have looked pretty on the stat sheet, the team was far, far more
competitive than it was in past seasons. It wasn't the pushover it
was during the first few years of the Guy era.
Once again there's experience with 17 starters coming back, and that
doesn't even begin to tell the story on defense where there are 11
different players able to start in the secondary, depth at
linebacker, and an upgrade at tackle with the addition of two key
JUCO transfers. There's no excuse for the defense not to be a bit
better, but in the WAC, you need an offense; Utah State is still
trying to find one.
The Aggies have never been able to keep up in shootouts and now
they're trying to figure out their quarterback situation, have
nothing to count on from the receiving corps, and have to pray there
aren't any injuries to the starters on the offensive line.
No, it's not all doom and gloom for the Aggies and the Guy era. This
doesn't have to be a winning season for him to stick around, but the
team does need to keep improving and there does have to be some sign
that things are pointed in the right direction.
What to watch for on offense: A better running game. That was
supposed to happen last year, too, and the Aggies ended up averaging
a meager 124 yards per game on the ground. Offensive coordinator
Darrell Dickey, who guided North Texas to some mega-rushing years
led by backs Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas, and while he's not
going to get that kind of production, the Aggie backs know what
they're doing and should be able to produce more behind a veteran
What to watch for on defense: The tackles. With top end Ben
Calderwood moving to the inside to join veteran Alan Bishop, and
with the addition of JUCO transfers Casey Davis and Magnmu Mauga,
the Aggies are making a commitment to be better inside against the
run. It's not like the WAC is full of pounding running teams, but
the USU defensive front got ripped apart by anyone who tried to run.
That should change with the improvements made.
The team will be far better if … it can generate a
little bit of pressure. While the Aggies were able to beat New
Mexico State, it's hard to be competitive in the WAC if you can't
get into the backfield. USU was 115th in the nation in sacks and
111th in tackles for loss despite having a decent group of ends to
work around. Now the hope has to be to generate more pressure from
all four spots up front while smallish outside linebackers Kyle
Gallagher and Paul Igboeli have to start wreaking havoc.
The Schedule: As it has been over the last few years, the Aggies won't have any real
sure-thing wins. There's not the FCS warm-up the team probably needs
starting out at UNLV before almost certain losses at Oregon and against
Utah. Then comes the one game that has to be a win: Idaho. Forget about
beating BYU or winning at San Jose State and at Nevada, and then it's
all about catching someone napping at the right time like Hawaii or New
Best Offensive Player:
Senior TE Rob Myers. He led the nation in average yards per catch
for a tight end with 15.2, but he only got the ball thrown his way 21
times. That should change as he's now the team's main receiving weapon.
Best Defensive Player:
Senior LB Jake Hutton. The second-team All-WAC performer made plenty
of stops and was a steady force after being able to stay healthy for the
first time in his career, but he didn't make enough significant plays.
He's the leader of the veteran defense and he needs to be an all-star
again for there to be any overall improvement.
Key player to a
Senior QB Sean Setzer. Jase McCormick is in the running for the starting
quarterback job, but the offense needs Setzer to be a player. McCormick
is fine, Setzer could be far better, but he had an arm problem and he
wasn't able to do much last season. He's the passer the offense has been
missing for years, and with a new receiving corps in place, steady
quarterback play is a must.
The season will be a
... the Aggies win four games. It's been five years since the program
has cracked the three-win plateau and 1996 was the last winning season.
The expectations aren't sky high, they don't have to win the WAC, but
they have find a way to at least get to four wins and they have to show
that there's a little bit of improvement in the Guy era. That might be
tough considering they'll likely be the underdogs against everyone but
Aug. 30 at UNLV. Same
game, same date, different year, different location. The Aggies lost to
the Rebels at home on August 30th of last year in a 23-16
heartbreaker after giving up 14 second half points. Considering Idaho
is the only realistic chance for a win early on, beating UNLV is a must
or else it'll be another ugly start to the season. The tone has to be
set right away that this year, and this team, is different.
2007 Fun Stats:
- First quarter scoring: Opponents 112 - Utah State 31
- Punt return average: Utah State 18.3 yards - Opponents 11 yards
- Sacks: Opponents 30 - Utah State 12