Utah State Football Visits Wake Forest Friday

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-Friday, Utah State football commences its 122nd season by visiting the Wake Forest Demon Deacons of the ACC.The Aggies have received votes in both the coaches and The Associated Press polls and are technically ranked 35th in the nation in the coaches poll and 37th in the AP poll.They are led by junior Heisman Trophy-candidate signal-caller Jordan Love who set five program records in 2018. These include touchdown passes (32), passing yards (3,567), 300-yard passing games in a season (7), points responsible for in a season (234), and Mountain West player of the week honors (5).For his career, Love has passed for 5,198 yards, 40 TD’s/12 INT’s and completed 60.7 percent of his passes.The Aggies also welcome back head coach Gary Andersen for his second tour of duty in Logan. From 2009-2012, Andersen went 26-24 (.520), including the school’s first back-to-back winning seasons since 1979-1980.This is the third consecutive season Utah State has begun its season on the road against a Power 5 school, including visits to Wisconsin in 2017 and Michigan State in 2018.The Demon Deacons welcome back 11 starters from last year’s 7-6 (3-5 in ACC play) squad.They return two all-ACC performers from 2018 in senior cornerback Essang Bassey (2nd team) and senior linebacker Justin Strnad (honorable mention).Returning statistical leaders for the Demon Deacons from last season include sophomore quarterback Sam Hartman (55.3 completion percentage, 1,984 yards, 16 TD’s/8 INT’s), senior tailback Cade Carney (188 car, 1,005 yards [5.3 yards per carry], and sophomore receiver Sage Surratt (41 rec, 582 yards [14.2 yards per reception], 4 TD’s).The Demon Deacons will, however, start redshirt junior signal-caller Jamie Newman Friday. He led Wake Forest to a 3-1 record down the stretch in 2018 and led the Demon Deacons to a 27-23 upset win over then-No. 14 NC State.The Aggies and Demon Deacons are meeting for the third time in history with both teams having won a game previously.Utah State is 1-4 all-time against current members of the ACC, when they beat Wake Forest, 36-14 at Logan in 2014. Andersen has never coached a game against an ACC opponent. Brad James August 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Visits Wake Forest Friday Tags: Cade Carney/Essang Bassey/Gary Andersen/Jamie Newman/Jordan Love/Justin Strnad/Sage Surratt/Sam Hartman/The Associated Press/USU Football/Wake Forest Written bylast_img

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