Fall camp is officially over for Utah State.
The Aggies can now concentrate fully on Tennessee.
USU wrapped up camp by holding its third and final scrimmage Tuesday night at Romney Stadium. The Aggies and Vols will kick off the 2014 campaign Aug. 31, at Neyland Stadium.
“After today’s scrimmage, it’s 100 percent Tennessee,” quarterback Chuckie Keeton said. “Before this last scrimmage, it was 100 percent about the Aggies, it was 100 percent about getting better and trying to improve each day, but now it’s solely set on Knoxville, Tenn., and what we have to accomplish on Aug. 31.”
Keeton was one of several players held out of the scrimmage as second-year head coach Matt Wells played mostly second- and third-string players.
“First of all, we’re all Aggies now because camp is over,” Wells said. “As coaches, we will get in and grind through the tape and make our last evaluations before the first part of the season. I’m really proud of the defense tonight. I thought that was a really strong effort even with holding some guys out a little bit. That was very positive and good to see.”
The defense certainly dominated.
During the roughly 70-play scrimmage that included some special teams work, the offense managed just one touchdown and one field goal.
“The last scrimmage of camp wasn’t as good as we’d like from the offensive side of the ball,” Keeton pointed out. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and you can’t even say it’s because we held guys out. That’s just making an excuse.
“We know we have some work we need to put in and guys have to step up. We have to do it this week because we have a game right around the corner.”
Of the 14 possessions during the scrimmage, the defense recorded 12 three-and-outs.
“A lot of guys were sitting out, so a lot of the young guys were stepping up and playing together, communicating, flying around, making plays,” nose guard Travis Seefeldt said.
Linebackers Jarom Baldomero and LT Filiaga led the defense with four tackles apiece, while safety Jontrell Rocquemore, a freshman, had three tackles and two pass breakups to go along with one interception.
“Rock’s pick, that was huge,” Seefeldt said. “It really flipped the scrimmage toward our way. ... Those kind of plays are going to put you on the bus, so he’s just got to keep it up. We’ve got one more week to prove who you are.”
Overall, the defense recorded four tackles for loss, including one sack, to go along with six pass breakups.
USU’s only touchdown came on the fourth possession of the scrimmage when quarterback Craig Harrison threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Damoun Patterson.
“He’s just been waiting for his opportunity to really do something and that’s just a testament of him being able to wait and work as hard as he can during that time,” Keeton said. “He put the ball in a good spot and our receiver went up and got it. Really, I put a lot of credit on the receiver.”
During that 5-play, 75-yard scoring drive, Harrison also had a 22-yard run.
The only other points the Aggies scored during the scrimmage came courtesy of a 27-yard field goal by Jake Thompson.
Harrison was just 4 of 14 for 56 yards, while Darell Garretson was 9 of 14 for 43 yards. Wide receiver Hunter Sharp and running back Rashad Hall each had four receptions.
With the Aggies now turning their attention to Tennessee and the rest of the 2014 campaign, all practices are closed.