2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 96 Utah State Aggies
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Utah State Aggies
No. 96: Utah State Aggies
Utah State Aggies Prespring Status
The Aggies fell back from being a perennial bowl team – after years and years of disastrous seasons – to a miserable 3-9 campaign with a five-game losing streak to close out the season. Head coach Matt Wells is still around, but he and his staff have to find a way to get the offense going again after averaging just 376 yards per game, and worst of all, the normally dominant run defense has to improve after giving up over 200 yards per game – 2009 was the last time the run defense was this bad.
It’s going to be hard to do that with big losses along the defensive front, and with just enough losses on offense to hurt. Wells and Utah State has a rough task – they have to improve and rebuild at the same time.
Utah State Aggies Biggest Issue
The defensive line loses everyone off the front three. Again, this wasn’t the most productive run defense compared to the past, but losing Travis Seefeld off the nose along with the starting ends and a little bit of the depth means the Aggies have to spend this spring finding the right rotation. If that wasn’t bad enough, four of the top five tacklers – linebackers Anthony Williams and Brock Carmen, and defensive backs Devin Centers and Daniel Gray – are gone.
Utah State Aggies Biggest Positive
Kent Myers. Three starters are back on the O line, the top two receivers return, and leading rusher Tonny Lindsey is back. There’s just enough returning to not have to start over, especially if Myers steps up in his senior year. The veteran quarterback only threw ten touchdown passes with eight picks, and finished second on the team with 449 yards and six scores. Just dynamic enough to carry the offense on his own, he’s got to be special.
Really, Why Are The Utah State Aggies Ranked Here?
After a down year, the Aggies have the talent and potential offensively to get back on track, but can the defense really get back to being its old amazing self? It should be better – the recent history of production is too good – but for a team that lost four games by a touchdown or less, and considering that the defense still finished solid, especially against the pass, hoping for more isn’t crazy. But until the O looks like it has more firepower and pop, Utah State is still going to be ranked a bit low.