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Six Aggies named as members of the 2024 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society | Sports

LOGAN, Utah – Six Utah State football players were announced as members of the 2024 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, it was announced Wednesday. The 2024 class is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. A total of 1,989 players from 339 schools qualified for membership in the society’s 18th year. Michael Anyanwu (Covina, California/Charter Oak HS), Stephen Kotsanlee (Melbourne, Australia/Box Hill HS), Broc Lane (Chandler, Arizona/Perry HS), Cooper Legas (Orem, Utah/Orem HS), Terrell Vaughn (Oxnard, California/Westlake HS/Ventura JC) and Levi Williams (Canyon Lake, Texas/Smithson Valley HS/Wyoming) were all recognized for their academic and athletic efforts. The six Aggies were among 64 student-athletes from the Mountain West to make the list. During his six-year career at Utah State, Anyanwu maintained a 3.67 grade point average as he earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in sports management. He was named academic all-Mountain West three times (2020, 2021, 2023) and was named a MW Scholar-Athlete in 2022. Kotsanlee is earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and has posted a GPA of 3.25 during his

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Competitive QB battle among works in progress for USU spring football | Sports

LOGAN — Two-and-a-half weeks into spring ball and Utah State is in pretty much the same position any Aggie team has been after just 18 days on the job. It’s a work in progress. “We’re so far away from, in terms of execution, what we want to be. Especially defensively,” USU head coach Blake Anderson said after Saturday’s first spring scrimmage for the team. “But compared to Friday to today, you can see they were just a little bit more prepared, a little bit more energy over there. Tackled better. “I like the fact that each time we go out we get a little bit more competitive. Make a few less mistakes and make a few more big plays.” A new defensive coordinator, plus new starters all across the defense, newcomers to the offensive line and wide receiver positions, and a quarterback competition to boot has given Anderson a long checklist of things that need to get done this spring. Thankfully, this isn’t last spring where the team would have been even further behind after a brutal amount of attrition due to graduation and the transfer portal (although the Aggies aren’t out of the woods in that regard with the

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Darius Brown II and Kelsey Kaufusi named Male and Female Athlete of the Year | Sports

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball graduate student Darius Brown II and soccer senior Kelsey Kaufusi were named the Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively, at the annual Robins Awards, recognizing the best of Utah State University. Brown earned first-team all-Mountain West honors and was named to the MW all-defensive team as he started all 35 games and finished the season averaging 12.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.2 blocks per game, while shooting 44.6 percent (152-of-341) from the field, 39.8 percent (64-of-161) from 3-point range, and 86.5 percent (64-of-74) at the free throw line. Brown, who set the program record with 228 assists during the season, was also named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 17 second team. Brown scored in double-figures 24 times during the season, including five games with 20 or more points, which included a season-high 25 points against No. 19 San Diego State. He also posted six double-doubles during the season, including 17 points and a career high 11 assists against Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the MW Championships to set a school record for postseason assists in a game. Brown added 10 points and

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Utah State spring football key storylines as Aggies look for next banner campaign | Sports

LOGAN — Spring ball is well under way for Utah State, with a week of practices already under their belts and the first spring showcase less than two weeks away. It’s the first wave of the 2024 college football season here in Cache Valley. The rather up-and-down 2023 season gave Aggie fans whiplash. One week there’d be incredible excitement with stars like Jalen Royals or Ike Larsen making huge plays and another fans were wringing their hands over an unstable quarterback position and/or porous defense. Despite the frustrations, there’s plenty to be excited for with the 2024 version of the Aggies. Unlike last year, the team hasn’t faced a significant drain in talent by way of the transfer portal. That leaves a lot more room for internal development along with improvements via the additions in the portal, which has been a lot more friendly since it did much more giving than taking than last year. Over the last 10 years or so, the formula for Utah State football has been mediocre seasons broken up by more spectacular years every few years or so, here’s a visualization of that using each season’s record dating back to 2014. 2014: 10-4 2015: 6-7

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Utah State spring football key storylines as Aggies look for next banner campaign – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN — Spring ball is well under way for Utah State, with a week of practices already under their belts and the first spring showcase less than two weeks away. It’s the first wave of the 2024 college football season here in Cache Valley. The rather up-and-down 2023 season gave Aggie fans whiplash. One week there’d be incredible excitement with stars like Jalen Royals or Ike Larsen making huge plays and another fans were wringing their hands over an unstable quarterback position and/or porous defense. Despite the frustrations, there’s plenty to be excited for with the 2024 version of the Aggies. Unlike last year, the team hasn’t faced a significant drain in talent by way of the transfer portal. That leaves a lot more room for internal development along with improvements via the additions in the portal, which has been a lot more friendly since it did much more giving than taking than last year. Over the last 10 years or so, the formula for Utah State football has been mediocre seasons broken up by more spectacular years every few years or so, here’s a visualization of that using each season’s record dating back to 2014. 2014: 10-4 2015: 6-7

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Pac-12’s remaining schools finalize financial agreement with 10 departing members – Cache Valley Daily

FILE – This Aug. 29, 2019, file photo shows the PAC-12 logo at Sun Devil Stadium during second half of an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File) Oregon State and Washington State have finalized a settlement over financial distributions with the 10 schools leaving the Pac-12 . The departing schools will have $5 million withheld during the 2024 fiscal year for a total of $50 million under the deal announced Monday. The departing schools also will pay a $1.5 million “supplemental contribution” to the conference that will be used by the remaining schools to navigate an uncertain future. The departing members will not be entitled to any revenue generated after this year and will have no “vote, direction input or other power with the conference’s use, allocation of expenditure of the supplemental contribution.” The settlement was agreed to in principal late last year. “We are pleased to finalize an agreement with OSU and WSU that provides support for all our student-athletes while ensuring an equal distribution of the vast majority of funds earned by all 12 schools during the 2023-24 academic year,” the 10 schools who are leaving said

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Washington lands Danny Sprinkle as head coach with family ties and Big Ten future – Cache Valley Daily

Utah State head coach Danny Sprinkle is seen on the sidelines during the first half of a second-round college basketball game against Purdue in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2024 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Washington hired Utah State’s Danny Sprinkle as its men’s basketball coach on Monday hoping his success at smaller schools and lineage to the university can revitalize the program as it moves into the Big Ten starting next season. Sprinkle’s hiring came one day after Utah State was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a second round loss to Purdue. “It was going to take something special for me to leave Logan, and the University of Washington was it,” Sprinkle said in a statement. “The university means a great deal to our family and I am excited to return to my home state.” Sprinkle, 47, spent just one season at Utah State but it was a massively successful year. The Aggies went 28-7 and won the Mountain West regular-season title after being picked to finish ninth in the preseason poll. Utah State reached the semifinals of the Mountain West tournament and won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2001 when it topped TCU in the

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Utah State football holds annual Pro Day – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State hosted representatives from seven National Football League teams and one Canadian Football League team as six former Aggies auditioned for a career in professional football during USU’s annual Pro Day at the iFIT Sports Performance Center and the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center. The six former Aggies that participated included: cornerback Michael Anyanwu (who measured at 5-foot-9.0”, 176 pounds), offensive lineman Wade Meacham (6-5.6, 298), defensive lineman Hale Motu’apuaka (6-1.3, 293), cornerback Xavion Steele (5-9.0, 171), linebacker MJ Tafisi Jr. (6-0.2, 240) and wide receiver Terrell Vaughn (5-6.6, 170). In addition to having their official heights and weights measured, the former Aggies were put through a variety of speed and strength tests, including the 225-pound bench press, 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, broad jump and vertical jump. Anyanwu, who underwent each evaluation first, benched 11 reps at 225 pounds, recorded a 30.5-inch vertical jump and leaped a 9-5 broad jump. Inside the indoor, Anyanwu ran a sub-4.70 second 40-yard dash, 7.09-second three-cone and a USU-best 4.29-second 20-yard shuttle. Meacham bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times, recorded a 22.5-inch vertical jump and an 8-6 broad jump. He ran a 5.39-second 40-yard dash, 8.18-second three-cone and 4.93-second 20-yard

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Mountain West announces 2024 football schedule – Cache Valley Daily

USU flags in Maverik Stadium. Photo by Clint Allen LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s 2024 Mountain West football schedule was announced Thursday by the conference office as the Aggies enter their 12th season in the league. In all, USU’s eight conference games will be spread out over nine weeks from Oct. 5 through Nov. 30. Thursday’s release represents the first phase in the 2024 football schedule process. Mountain West national television partners CBS Sports and Fox Sports will now initiate a selection procedure, which will include the shifting of games to non-Saturday dates. That will be followed by the identification of network outlets and kick times. Games against Oregon State and Washington State will not count toward the Mountain West standings and those two squads will not be eligible to participate in the Old Trapper MW Championship. The scheduling agreement strengthens the Conference’s non-conference schedule, enhances the league’s national brand and expands the MW footprint. Utah State’s 2024 Mountain West schedule will include home games against UNLV (10/12), New Mexico (10/19), Hawai’i (11/16) and San Diego State (11/23), and road games against Boise State (10/5), Wyoming (10/26) and Colorado State (11/30), in addition to a non-conference game at Washington State (11/9).

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Utah State football announces new additions to coaching staff – Cache Valley Daily

FILE PHOTO: Full Maverik Stadium. Photo by Robert K. Scott LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head football coach Blake Anderson announced Thursday six new additions to his staff heading into the 2024 campaign, which includes one offensive and five defensive coaches. On the defensive side of the ball, Nate Dreiling will serve as the defensive coordinator and work with the defensive ends, while Cedric Douglas will be the defensive run game coordinator and coach the defensive line. Kwame Agyeman will coach the safeties and Jalen Ortiz will coach the cornerbacks, while Bobby McMillen will coach the linebackers. Joining the offensive staff will be Jimmy Beal, who will coach the running backs. “Staff changes are always difficult, but at the same time necessary in competitive college sports and the NFL,” said Anderson. “When you go through it, you want to make sure you meet all your needs, and I feel like we have done that in a huge way. “Jimmy brings energy offensively and connects us to the west coast. The defensive staff with the addition of Nate and the guys he’s brought in, they are all great teachers. They are enthusiastic, they fit our footprint with our recruiting base, and they

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