Thank you to the football seniors, to the future with basketball

Remember in January when Cache Valley was going nuts with how incredibly awesome the Aggie football team was? Wasn’t that awesome?

One of the most enjoyable parts of working where I do is deciding who gets to work during what athletic events. Long story short, there was no way I was going to be anywhere other than at my desk handling Aggie football stories when USU played in this year’s Potato Bowl, and I was anything but disappointed.

The opportunity to look back at the greatness of that team, the best in USU football history, made me smile this morning when YouTube delivered this little gem into my inbox.

For one who knew a lot of the guys in this last year’s senior class — although I knew the previous senior class a bit better — this year’s senior class gave me the most great memories, far more than this Aggie sports nut could ask for.

Good times. Good times.

Now onto something different — basketball.

I’m not going to lie, I feel for this team. Asking them to win with eight healthy, useful players was asking a lot. Asking them to do it with seven, and without the three leading scorers on this team, is just about impossible.

I feel the most for Kyisean Reed, the lone senior in this group. It’s gotta be rough to watch your senior season end so abruptly because of a freak injury, and it’s now happened to two major senior big men the past two years.

But the future is bright. Remember how Aggie commits Jalen Moore and Sam Merrill exploded in that 4A state tournament semifinal game? That game will always be remembered for Moore’s SportsCenter highlight, but remember that Merrill scored 35 points and took the state champs to overtime, nearly to double overtime.

Side note: Jalen Moore is a class act. For obvious reasons, he didn’t really congratulate Bountiful after his miracle heave, but after the state championship game and while his teammates were celebrating, he was over on the MC sideline comforting the players who were obviously devastated at the loss.

There is no better place for him (and Merrill) than in the Spectrum. Yes indeed, the future is bright.

Good times, good times.

Landon Hemsley is the sports content manager for DeseretNews.com. Email: lhemsley@deseretnews.com. Twitter: @EarlOfHemsley

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