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2003 PREVIEW: Utah State Aggies
Welcome to your new home Utah State. After toiling as an independent since 2000, the Aggies are now part of the Sun Belt Conference and hope to make an immediate impact. It could be a rocky first year in the league needing to replace almost all of the impact players from 2002, but the Aggies always seem to find ways to get the ball moving. Twelve starters and 44 lettermen return, but all of the key offensive components and linebacker Jesse Busta must be replaced. The 2002 Aggies lost a few heartbreakers, but also came six points away from going winless against Division-I teams. It's hard to see this team being much better with so much turnover.
|Utah State Aggies|
|Head coach: Mick Dennehy
4th year: 13-20
10th year overall: 62-45
Returning O Lettermen: 19
Returning D Lettermen: 25
Returning ST Lettermen: 0
Lettermen Lost: 20
|Ten Best Utah State Players|
|1. TE Chris Cooley, Sr.
2. LB Robert Watts, Jr.
3. DE John Chick, Soph.
4. OG Trevor Hutton, Sr.
5. CB Mark Estell, Sr.
6. DE Justin Jackson, Sr.
7. OT Elliott Tupea, Jr.
8. WR Chris Stallworth, Sr.
9. LB Nate Putnam, Jr.
10. RB Richard Watson, Soph.
|8/28 at Utah
9/6 at Nebraska
9/13 at Arizona St
9/27 UL Monroe
10/4 at New Mexico
10/18 at North Texas
10/25 Arkansas St
11/8 at New Mex St
11/15 Troy State
11/22 at Idaho
2003 Recruiting Class
Star of the Class
Leon Jackson III QB 6-2 185 Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly HS Jimmy Bohm TE 6-3 245 Palm Desert, Calif./Palm Desert HS
Andy Carlsen DB 6-0 195 Coalville, Utah/North Summit HS
Casey Crookston OL 6-5 300 Smithfield, Utah/Sky View HS
James Dawson DE 6-1 240 San Leandro, Calif./San Leandro HS
Victor Eti OL 6-3 320 San Jose, Calif./West Valley CC
Will Fausel TE 6-2 225 Shingle Springs, Calif./Ponderosa HS
Eddie Gilmore DB 5-9 180 Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS
Justin Hamblin PK 5-10 165 Clearfield, Utah/Utah
Raymond Hicks WR 5-10 190 Kansas City, Kan./Coffeyville CC
Steve Jacson II OL 6-1 280 Fontana, Calif./Kaiser HS
Vaughn Mansfield DB 6-3 190 Washington, D.C./Hargrave Military Academy
Tamarkus McElvane WR 6-2 180 Oakland, Calif./McClymonds HS
Tyrone McKinney RB 5-7 180 Long Beach, Calif./Los Angeles Harbor CC
Tony Pennyman WR 5-10 180 Hayward, Calif./Hayward HS
*Brent Pollock DT 6-2 312 Rolling Hills Estate, Calif./El Camino CC
Matt Reese OL 6-7 315 Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial HS
Kevin Robinson DB 6-1 180 Fresno, Calif./Hoover HS
Mitch Rudder OL 6-3 260 Nampa, Idaho/Skyview HS
Antonio Taylor DB 6-1 190 Pomona, Calif./Ganesha HS
Jake Thompson OL 6-5 280 Redlands, Calif./Redlands HS
Barry Tolli WR 6-1 205 Newbury Park, Calif./Moorpark CC
Elliot Tupea OL 6-3 320 West Valley, Utah/San Jose State
Rick Young DB 6-1 196 Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls HS
*Potential Instant Impact Players