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Friday, August 28, 2015

Utah State Aggies Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

August 27, 2015 - kicking competition
"Logan product Jake Thompson and Sky View product Brock Warren have been battling it out for the right to be Utah State’s go-to kicker, and both competitors helped their own cause during the team’s third and final scrimmage of fall camp. Thompson was successful on 5 of 6 of his field goal attempts last Saturday, while Warren booted 4 of 6 of his attempts through the uprights. Thompson nailed a 51-yard field goal and Warren, a 50-yarder. 'They both are kicking the ball really well right now and hit some longer field goals in the last scrimmage,' USU special teams coordinator Dave Ungerer said. '... I think it’s a good situation. We think both of those guys are very, very capable, strong-legged guys and have done a really good job throughout camp. So it’s going to be tough decision'." - HJnews

April 11, 2015 - spring game
"Another highlight Saturday was the play of redshirt freshman P Aaron Dalton who punted 13 times for an average of 49.30 yards. Dalton had a long punt of 62 yards on the day and eight 50-yard punts." - Aggies

October 22, 2014 - kicker Nick Diaz
"Nick Diaz has made his last four field goals to improve to 7 of 9 for the season, while his 46-harder against Air Force was his season best. His consistency is a welcome turn of events, particularly after a bad stretch when he and Jake Thompson combined for four failed field goal attempts, including one that was blocked, during a three-game stretch earlier in the year. Diaz said he has spent some extra time working on his kicks, but attributed the success to his teammates as well. 'I’m feeling more confident now, but we’ve all been working hard,' he said. 'We had to become a better cohesive unit. A kick only takes 1.3 seconds from the snap and there are a lot of components that have to come together for it to be right'." - Salt Lake Tribune

September 22, 2014 - special teams struggles
"As coach Matt Wells said following Saturday’s overtime loss to Arkansas State, he is sticking with Nick Diaz and Jake Thompson because 'they are who they are and that’s all we’ve got'.... Saturday’s 21-14 overtime loss to Arkansas State highlighted some surprising struggles in the special teams area. Punter Jaron Bentrude dropped a snap that set up the Red Wolves’ first touchdown when they recovered the ball on USU’s 13-yard line, Thompson missed a 45-yard field goal attempt and Diaz’s potential game-winning 38-yard field goal at the end of regulation was blocked.... Dissatisfied with the kicking, Wells said the issue would be addressed this week. 'Hopefully we will kick better and protect better and if we are in that situation again you have a little more success,' he said." - Salt Lake Tribune

June 9, 2014 - long snapper Garrett Frum commits
"Just committed to play football at Utah State next year! Thank you to everyone who helped me get this far! #TeamRubio #AggieNation #MWC" - Garrett Frum

May 28, 2014 - long snapper Austin Day commits 
"2014 Grand County High School graduate Austin Day has committed to play college football as a long-snapper at Utah State University, fulfilling the goal he set in sixth grade to play Division 1 college football. Day will be a preferred walk-on his freshman year before being a scholarship athlete his sophomore-through-senior years, he said. Day said he turned down several offers from other schools, including a full-ride scholarship to Morgan State, because Utah State was where he wanted to play. Utah State, Day said, already has a long-snapper on the roster and was unsure if it wanted to bring in another one this season until about three weeks ago. 'About two years ago, he went to Utah State's junior day and really like the campus and the program,' Day's father, Joe Day, said. 'He was honest with all the other colleges who recruited him; he told them he wanted to play at Utah State'.” - Moab Sun News 

April 12, 2014 - Blue vs. White Spring Game kicking
"Senior placekicker Nick Diaz converted on a 39-yard field on the last play of the scrimmage to help the Aggie offense record a 78-77 win against the Aggie defense in front of approximately 6,000 fans here Saturday on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium in the annual Blue vs. White Spring Game.... Utah State's offense scored field goals on its first two series as Diaz connected from 42 yards and sophomore kicker Jake Thompson hit from 34 yards out.... The offense's final two scores of the scrimmage were via field goals as Thompson converted from 47-yards and Diaz connected from 39-yards for the winning points on the last play of the scrimmage after the Aggie offense had an 8-play 53-yard drive in the final two minutes." - Utah State

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