Spring ball wraps up and what did we learn?

For starters, we’ve learned Utah State has plenty of skilled offensive players and will not be shy about moving the ball downfield.

Either that or we’ve learned Utah State’s defense has more work to do than coach Gary Andersen is comfortable with.

In Saturday’s spring game, the Aggie offense — both the first and second teams — moved the ball easily. Too easily.

The number of big plays was alarming. Exciting to the estimated crowd of about 5,000 (I would have guessed 3,000 but who’s counting?) at Romney Stadium but alarming to Andersen and defensive coordinator Bill Busch.

The lack of defensive strength might be a result of several key defensive players being new to USU and the everyone being new to Andersen’s scheme.

The offense, on the other hand, is not terribly different in personnel or scheme — just more focused, energized and able to run plays rarely called in recent years.

What else do we know? We know senior cornerback Kejon Murphy’s recent run-in with Cache Valley law enforcement was nothing more than failure to pay a traffic ticket. Andersen said Murphy ended up paying a fee much more than the original ticket and also got a nice lesson in taking care of business when it’s supposed to be taken care of.

In other news, JC All-American wide receiver John Hendershott quit the team during the middle of spring drills and left school. A source close to the team said the reasons for his departure were a desire to be closer to his Northern California home and family.

His departure leaves the Aggies a little light on tall receivers. But if Saturday’s scrimmage is any indication, USU has more than enough speed and playmaking ability to get by just fine without Hendershott.

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