LOGAN -- With a week to go in Utah State's spring football practice, coach Matt Wells is working hard to get the Aggies in the right balance as they move toward fall play.
USU's third scrimmage of spring practice was much like its second as both sides of the football performed well during a roughly 100-play scrimmage to conclude the fourth week of drills here Thursday afternoon on Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.
"We're always striving for perfection, but I thought they played pretty good today," Well said. "There is still a lot of stuff to clean up and I think we have a chance to be good. When you return all the O-linemen and you've got a tight end and quarterback that have played on Saturday's, I think that experience is starting to show. The story of the spring is continued to be give and take because there was turnovers and the defense bowed up again in the red zone a couple of times.
"Again, it makes me happy because I think it's a mark of a good defense and that continues to be apart of it. But I thought the offense did much, much better than Wednesday."
Offensive highlights for Utah State included senior running back Joey DeMartino who had eight carries for 47 yards with three touchdowns, while junior running back Joe Hill also had eight carries for 49 yards and one touchdown. Junior quarterback Chuckie Keeton completed 12-of-18 passes for 127 yards with one touchdown and sophomore wide receiver Brandon Swindall caught six passes for 87 yards, while senior wide receiver Dwayne Lorick had five receptions for 100 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown.
Defensively, junior safety Frankie Sutera and sophomore linebacker Alex Marsaw each had eight tackles, while freshman defensive end Ricky Ali'ifua finished with three tackles for loss, including one sack. In all, USU's defense recorded three sacks on the day to go along with 10 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, and a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the red zone.
Utah State's defense held the Aggie offense in check early on as it managed only a 24-yard field goal from junior placekicker Nick Diaz during its first three series.
Utah State will practice on Monday and Wednesday next week from 6:15 to 8:15 a.m., before concluding spring drills on Saturday, at 2 p.m. with its annual Blue vs. White Spring Game.
Admission to the spring game is free.