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Utah State Football Picked Seventh In Mountain West Preseason Poll

Jul 10, 2024, 9:04 AM

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – The new-look Utah State Aggies don’t have the benefit of time on their side after suddenly dismissing former head coach Blake Anderson and several other high-ranking officials from the school. Recently named interim head coach Nate Dreiling will lead a USU team that was picked to finish seventh in the Mountain West’s preseason poll.

The Mountain West Conference hosts football media days in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 11.

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One season after being picked eighth in the conference, the Aggies are in a familiar position but lacking the firm base that Anderson once provided. An excellent offense combined with a sub-par defense led Utah State to a 6-6 regular season finish and a birth in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

60 in 60: #44 Utah State’s Blaine Spires (Defensive End)

Twelve starters return for USU (seven offense, five defense) as part of 35 letter-winners from a team that finished tied for sixth in the league with a 4-4 record. Eighteen offensive players return, joined by 13 defenders and four that saw time on special teams. Nineteen redshirts will vie for playing time, while five others who were with the program in 2023 return.

Safety Ike Larsen, wide receivers Jalen Royals & Micah Davis, and tight end Broc Lane each return after receiving all-MW accolades last season.

60 in 60: #45 Utah State’s Falepule Alo (Offensive Lineman)

Returning starters for the Aggies include graduate senior OL Wyatt Bowles, graduate senior CB Jaiden Francois, senior OL Falepule Alo, senior OL Cole Motes, senior DE Cian Slone, junior CB Avante Dickerson, junior OL Aloali’i Maui and junior DT Seni Tuiaki.

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Brian Preece is a KSLsports.com insider covering the Utah State Aggies and Salt Lake Bees. Follow Brian’s coverage of the Bees, Big League Utah, and Aggie athletics here.

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Utah State Football Picked Seventh In Mountain West Preseason Poll