2012 Utah State Aggies football team

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2012 Utah State Aggies football
Utah State University Aggies Logo.svg
WAC Champions
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Champions
Conference Western Athletic Conference
Ranking
BCS #22
Coaches #17
AP #16
2012 record 11–2 (6–0 WAC)
Head coach Gary Andersen (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Matt Wells (1st year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda (1st year)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Romney Stadium
(Capacity: 25,513)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#16 Utah State   6 0         11 2  
#21 San Jose State   5 1         11 2  
Louisiana Tech   4 2         9 3  
UTSA*   3 3         8 4  
Texas State*   2 4         4 8  
Idaho   1 5         1 11  
New Mexico State   0 6         1 11  
† – Conference champion
  • Texas State and UTSA are not eligible for conference title nor bowl games as part of their transition to the FBS.
    As of December 15, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Utah State Aggies football team represents Utah State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aggies are led by fourth year head coach Gary Andersen and play their home games at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. This was the Aggies final season as members of the Western Athletic Conference, winning the final WAC football title outright. They will join the Mountain West Conference on July 1, for the 2013 season.[1]

Before the season[edit]

2012 Recruits[edit]

Blue-White Spring Game presented by Orbit Irrigation Products[edit]

The Spring Game took place on April 28, 2012 featuring the squad divided into a blue team and a white team. It quickly became obvious that offense would rule the day. Despite injuries to running back Kerwynn Williams and receiver Matt Austin, the Aggies offense compiled 330 yards passing offense and 482 yards total offense over 75-plays. The Blue team would sneak away with a 58-57 win. However the QB battle didn't become any clearer. Both Chuckie Keaton and Adam Kennedy would have outstanding days in the new Aggies spread offense. Keaton went 16-of-25 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Kennedy responded by going 16-for-22 for 143 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.[2]

Departures[edit]

27 lettermen, 14 offensively and 13 defensively, won't return to the Aggies for the 2012 football season. Among those are the following players that were drafted or signed contracts into the NFL.

Draft[edit]

Name Number Pos. Class Team Round Pick
Robert Turbin 6 RB Junior Seattle Seahawks 4 106
Bobby Wagner 9 LB Senior Seattle Seahawks 2 47
Michael Smith 20 RB Senior Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 212

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Roster[edit]

2012 Utah State Aggies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 13 Chislock, MichaelMichael Chislock Fr
QB 19 Harrison, CraigCraig Harrison So
QB 16 Keeton, ChuckieChuckie Keeton So
QB 17 Manning, JeffJeff Manning Fr
QB 12 Wray, DanielDaniel Wray So
RB 31 Clark, PaulPaul Clark So
RB 28 DeMartino, JoeyJoey DeMartino Jr
RB 29 Dickerson, TavarreonTavarreon Dickerson Fr
RB 32 Hill, JoeJoe Hill So
RB 27 Marshall, RobertRobert Marshall Jr
RB 87 Swann, TravisTravis Swann So
RB 30 Toure, AbouAbou Toure Jr
RB 25 Williams, KerwynnKerwynn Williams Sr
WR 4 Austin, MattMatt Austin Sr
WR 80 Gunderson, LarsLars Gunderson Jr
WR 10 Jacobs, ChuckChuck Jacobs Sr
WR 82 Jenkins, JordanJordan Jenkins Jr
WR 18 Johnson, ShaanShaan Johnson So
WR 9 Lorick, DwayneDwayne Lorick Jr
WR 83 Natson, BruceBruce Natson Fr
WR 8 Reynolds, TravisTravis Reynolds Jr
WR 6 Stewart, RashardRashard Stewart So
WR 85 Swindall, BrandonBrandon Swindall Fr
WR 7 Van, TravisTravis Van Jr
WR 84 Webb, CameronCameron Webb Sr
WR 11 Wheat, AlexAlex Wheat So
TE 22 Andersen, KeeganKeegan Andersen So
TE 81 Bartlett, KellenKellen Bartlett Sr
TE 45 Mason, QuincyQuincy Mason Fr
TE 86 Theurer, BradBrad Theurer Jr
TE 91 Tialavea, D.J.D.J. Tialavea Jr
OL 65 Albrecht, AustinAustin Albrecht Fr
T 69 Chen, AndrewAndrew Chen Fr
OL 75 Fisilau, TaaniTaani Fisilau Fr
OL 65 Friesen, ChrisChris Friesen Jr
LS 97 Hutchinson, MarkMark Hutchinson Fr
OL 64 Larmay, JoshJosh Larmay So
C 58 Larsen, TylerTyler Larsen Jr
OL 79 Malohifo'ou, LoganLogan Malohifo'ou Fr
OL 54 Markosian, JamieJamie Markosian Jr
OL 78 Mattinson, JordenJorden Mattinson Fr
OL 67 Molina-Sanchez, OscarOscar Molina-Sanchez Sr
LS 89 Needham, NateNate Needham So
OL 66 Schultz, EricEric Schultz Jr
OL 76 Simonich, JakeJake Simonich Fr
OL 60 Summers, JoeJoe Summers So
OL 61 Vandross, DaquanDaquan Vandross Jr
OL 68 Vavau, BillBill Vavau Jr
OL 62 Walker, BryceBryce Walker So
OL 74 Whimpey, KevinKevin Whimpey Jr
OL 73 Whimpey, KyleKyle Whimpey Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 94 Berntson, EricEric Berntson Fr
DL 98 Gallegos, JakeJake Gallegos Fr
DL 96 Kamana-Matagi, ElvisElvis Kamana-Matagi So
DL 92 Keller, DerekDerek Keller Fr
DL 90 Lapuaho, AlAl Lapuaho Sr
DL 99 Larsen, B.J.B.J. Larsen So
DL 57 Lasike, HaveaHavea Lasike Sr
DE 0 Mesarch, TyrnTyrn Mesarch Fr
DL 72 Nielsen, JordanJordan Nielsen Fr
DL 56 Pataialii, AJAJ Pataialii Jr
DL 48 Piukala, PaulPaul Piukala Jr
DL 70 Seefeldt, TravisTravis Seefeldt Fr
DL 95 Vaifoou, TevitaTevita Vaifoou So
DE 40 Williams, ConnorConnor Williams Jr
LB 59 Ciancone, NickNick Ciancone So
LB 33 Court, JeffersonJefferson Court Fr
LB 49 Dabb, ForrestForrest Dabb Sr
LB 51 Doughty, JakeJake Doughty Jr
LB 52 Fackrell, KylerKyler Fackrell Fr
LB 55 Filimoeatu, BojayBojay Filimoeatu Sr
LB 39 Green, TorreyTorrey Green Fr
LB 50 Hamilton, DelroyDelroy Hamilton Fr
LB 42 Harold, La'BradfordLa'Bradford Harold Fr
LB 31 Hausknecht, ParkerParker Hausknecht So
LB 25 Jones, GavinGavin Jones Sr
LB 32 Luke, JasonJason Luke Jr
LB 43 Marsaw, AlexAlex Marsaw Fr
LB 16 McMillian, TavarisTavaris McMillian So
LB 47 Parrish, TravisTravis Parrish Fr
LB 0 Shah, SharrieffSharrieff Shah Fr
LB 12 Thompson, TerrellTerrell Thompson Sr
LB 41 Vigil, NickNick Vigil Fr
LB 53 Vigil, ZachZach Vigil Jr
CB 5 Alston, TerrenceTerrence Alston Sr
CB 36 Brady, McKadeMcKade Brady Sr
CB 3 Byrd, QuintonQuinton Byrd Sr
CB 37 Centers, DevinDevin Centers Fr
S 18 Christensen, ClaytonClayton Christensen Jr
CB 17 Davis, WillWill Davis Jr
CB 30 Ellison, MarquanMarquan Ellison Fr
CB 20 Glover-Wright, DevontaDevonta Glover-Wright Jr
CB 27 Hamala, DeeDee Hamala So
CB 13 Jackson, LadaleLadale Jackson Fr
S 24 Jones, IsaiahIsaiah Jones Sr
CB 1 Lawson, NevinNevin Lawson Jr
S 23 Okonkwo, MichaelMichael Okonkwo Fr
CB 14 Olson, JamaineJamaine Olson Sr
S 20 Peck, BridgerBridger Peck Fr
CB 15 Robertson, JumanneJumanne Robertson Sr
CB 2 Sanders, CameronCameron Sanders Jr
S 21 Suite, BrianBrian Suite So
SO 46 Sutera, FrankieFrankie Sutera
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 88 Bennett, TylerTyler Bennett Sr
K 38 Bentrude, JaronJaron Bentrude So
K 93 Diaz, NickNick Diaz Jr
K 44 Haueter, JacobJacob Haueter So
K 19 Thompson, JoshJosh Thompson Jr
K 63 Warren, BrockBrock Warren Fr

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Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Dave Aranda (Cal Lutheran)
    Defensive Coordinator
  • Bill Busch (Nebraska Wesleyan)
    Assoc. Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs
  • Matt Wells(Utah State)
    Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
  • Jovon Bucknight (Wyoming)
    Wide Receivers
  • Kevin Clune (Cal State Fullerton)
    Linebackers
  • Frank Maile (Utah State)
    Defensive Line
  • Mike Sanford (Southern California)
    Asst. Head Coach/Running Backs/Tight Ends
  • Kendrick Shaver (Missouri State)
    Cornerbacks
  • T. J. Woods (Azuza Pacific)
    Offensive Line
  • David Fiefia (Utah State)
    Offensive Administrative Assistant
  • Vince Natali (New Mexico)
    Offensive Graduate Assistant
  • Zach Nyborg (Brigham Young)
    Defensive & Recruiting Administrative Assistant
  • Nick Schindler
    Administrative Assistant
  • Hunter Teafatiller (Nebraska)
    Offensive Administrative Assistant
  • Spencer Toone (Utah)
    Defensive Graduate Assistant
  • Mark Andersen (Westminster)
    Director of Football Operations/Business Management
  • Steve Mathis (Snow College)
    Team Coordinator
  • Evan Simon (Frostberg State (Md.))
    Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Depth Chart[edit]

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Defense


FS
McKade Brady
Michael Okonkwo
Cameron Sanders


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Terrell Thompson Tavaris McMillian Jake Doughty
Kyler Fackrell Parker Hausknecht Zach Vigil
SS
Brian Suite
Frankie Sutera
CB
Jumanne Robertson
Quinton Byrd
Ladale Jackson


DE NT DE
Connor Williams Travis Seefeldt Al Lapuaho
Eric Berntson Havea Lasike Jordan Nielsen
CB
Nevin Lawson
Isaiah Jones
Offense
X-WR
Matt Austin
Brandon Swindall
Z-WR
Travis Reynolds
Shaan Johnson
Jordan Jenkins
LT LG C RG RT
Kevin Whimpey Jamie Markosian Tyler Larsen Eric Shultz Oscar Molina-Sanchez
Logan Molohifo'ou Kyle Whimpey Chris Friesen Bryce Walker Jorden Mattinson
TE
D. J. Tialavea
Brad Theurer
T-WR
Chuck Jacobs
Rashard Stewart
Cameron Webb
QB
Chuckie Keeton
Adam Kennedy
RB
Kerwynn Williams
Robert Marshall
Joe Hill
Special Teams
PK Josh Thompson
PK Nick Diaz
P Tyler Bennett
P Jaron Bentrude
KR Kerwynn Williams
PR Chuck Jacobs
LS Nate Needham


Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 PM Southern Utah* Romney StadiumLogan, UT (Beehive Boot) KMYU/ESPN3 W 34–3   17,009
September 7 6:00 PM Utah* Romney Stadium • Logan, UT (Battle of the Brothers) ESPN2 W 27–20 OT  25,513
September 15 6:00 PM at #22 Wisconsin* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN[7] L 14–16   79,332
September 22 5:00 PM at Colorado State* Hughes StadiumFort Collins, CO KMYU/KTVD W 31–19   23,374
September 29 6:00 PM UNLV*dagger Romney Stadium • Logan, UT ESPN3 W 35–13   24,226
October 5 8:15 PM at BYU* LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT (The Old Wagon Wheel) ESPN L 3–6   63,086
October 13 2:00 PM at San Jose State Spartan StadiumSan Jose, CA ESPN+/ALT/ESPN3 W 49–27   15,168
October 20 1:00 PM New Mexico State Romney Stadium • Logan, UT KMYU/ESPN3 W 41–7   17,001
October 27 12:00 PM at UTSA AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX ESPN3 W 48–17   23,519
November 3 1:00 PM Texas State Romney Stadium • Logan, UT KMYU W 38–7   17,222
November 17 5:00 PM at #19 Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, LA ESPN3 W 48–41 OT  25,614
November 24 1:00 PM Idaho #25 Romney Stadium • Logan, UT ESPN+/ALT/ESPN3 W 45–9   19,350
December 15 2:30 PM vs. Toledo* #18 Bronco StadiumBoise, ID (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ESPN W 41–15   29,243
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Southern Utah[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2009 USU, 53–34
Southern Utah at Utah State
1 2 3 4 Total
Southern Utah Thunderbirds 0 3 0 0 3
Utah State Aggies 21 0 7 6 34
Sources:



Utah[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
28–77–4 2009 UTAH, 35–17
Utah at Utah State
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Utah Utes 0 3 10 7 0 20
Utah State Aggies 13 0 0 7 7 27
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: Romney Stadium
    Logan, UT
  • Game start: 6:06 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:38
  • Game attendance: 25,513
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), Clear
  • Referee: Shawn Hochuli
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore, and Jemele Hill
Sources:



@ Wisconsin[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1968 USU, 20–0
Utah State at Wisconsin
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State Aggies 7 7 0 0 14
#22 Wisconsin Badgers 0 3 13 0 16
Sources:



@ Colorado State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
18–15–2 2011 CSU, 35–34
Utah State at Colorado State
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State Aggies 10 7 7 7 31
Colorado State Rams 0 0 6 13 19
Sources:



UNLV[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
12–7 2008 UNLV, 27–17
UNLV at Utah State
1 2 3 4 Total
UNLV Rebels 0 7 6 0 13
Utah State Aggies 0 20 0 15 35
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Romney Stadium
    Logan, UT
  • Game start: 6:07 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 24,226
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), Clear, Winds SW at 5mph
  • Referee: Eddy Shelton
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Trey Bender and Jay Taylor
Sources:



@ BYU[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
34–44–3 2011 BYU, 27–24
Utah State at BYU
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State Aggies 3 0 0 0 3
BYU Cougars 0 6 0 0 6
Sources:[9]



@ San Jose State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–20–1 2011 USU, 34–33
Utah State at San Jose State
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State Aggies 14 14 14 7 49
San Jose State Spartans 3 17 7 0 27
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Spartan Stadium
    San Jose, CA
  • Game start: 2:05 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 15,168
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), Sunny, winds WSW 10mph
  • Referee: Jim Farmer
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): Trey Bender and Jay Taylor
Sources:



New Mexico State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
29–7 2011 USU, 24–21
New Mexico State at Utah State
1 2 3 4 Total
New Mexico State Aggies 0 0 7 0 7
Utah State Aggies 14 14 10 3 41
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Romney Stadium
    Logan, UT
  • Game start: 1:07 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 17,001
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), Light Breeze
  • Referee: Stacey Hardin
  • TV announcers (KMYU): Mychal Clanton, Kevin White, and Brooks Hansen
Sources:



@ UTSA[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First meeting
Utah State at UTSA
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State Aggies 7 20 21 0 48
UTSA Roadrunners 3 0 7 7 17
Sources:



Texas State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First meeting
Texas State at Utah State
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas State Bobcats 0 0 7 0 7
Utah State Aggies 14 21 3 0 38
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Romney Stadium
    Logan, UT
  • Game start: 1:07 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 2:43
  • Game attendance: 17,222
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), Sparse Clouds, winds N 5 mph
  • Referee: Jim Farmer
  • TV announcers (KMYU): Mychal Clanton, Kevin White, and Brooks Hansen
Sources:



@ Louisiana Tech[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–6 2011 LATECH, 24–17
Utah State at Louisiana Tech
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Utah State Aggies 14 3 24 0 7 48
#19 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 0 3 21 17 0 41
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Joe Aillet Stadium
    Ruston, LA
  • Game start: 2:04 pm MST
  • Elapsed time: 3:42
  • Game attendance: 25,614
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), Clear, winds Calm
  • Referee: Robert Cameron
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Trey Bender and John Bunting
Sources:



Idaho[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
19–17–2 2011 USU, 49–42
Idaho at Utah St.
1 2 3 4 Total
Idaho Vandals 0 6 3 0 9
#25 Utah State Aggies 14 7 7 17 45
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Romney Stadium
    Logan, UT
  • Game start: 1:00 PM MST
  • Game attendance: 19,350
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): Trey Bender and Jay Taylor
Sources:



Toledo (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl)[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First meeting
Toledo at Utah St.
1 2 3 4 Total
Toledo Rockets 3 3 0 9 15
#18 Utah State Aggies 7 3 3 28 41
Sources:



References[edit]