After a better-than-expected morning practice Monday, Brent Guy sent his troops home with an emotional boost by letting them get some hitting in at the end of the afternoon practice session.
The surprise scrimmage was another opportunity for Utah State’s young running backs to show they deserved a chance to be a featured back.
Redshirt freshman Robert Turbin continues to turn heads and is climbing up the depth chart. After rushing eight times for 26 yards and score while also catching four balls for another 98 yards and a touchdown during Saturday’s scrimmage, the stocky Fremont, Calif., native had another noteworthy effort.
Statistics were not kept in the impromptu scrimmage, but Turbin — along with redshirt freshman receiver Stanley Morrison — impressed Guy.
“We have a great deal of depth at running back,” Guy said after Saturday’s scrimmage. “Derrick Cumbee runs it up in there hard, he didn’t get many carries today because of the situations we had, but today we saw what we’ve been seeing a lot of in practice. Turbin and (Curtis) Marsh are both great runners and have great hands. They both had some nice catches and big runs. Derrvin Speight had some good runs. We’ve got a lot of talent and options there.”
Talent and options, though, will only get the Aggies so far. With 28 redshirt freshman on the roster, USU will be a young team. That talent will have to turn into production in a hurry.
The Aggies, which open the season at UNLV in less than three weeks, will polish off another week of scrimmage this weekend. After the scrimmage on Saturday, Guy said he expects to name a starting quarterback.
It appears senior Sean Setzer is leading the pack at quarterback with Diondre Borrell a little ahead of freshman Exavier Johnson at this point.
On another Aggie note, Jaycee Carroll has decided to put his pursuit of an NBA roster spot on hold for at least a year. The all-time leading scorer in USU history signed with Italy’s Teramo Basket — aka Siviglia Wear Teramo.