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Utah State reportedly hiring Blake Anderson as new football coach

By Ryan Miller, KSL.com | Posted - Dec. 10, 2020 at 2:39 p.m.



LOGAN — Utah State is going from an Andersen to an Anderson.

The Aggies have reportedly found their new head football coach in Arkansas State's Blake Anderson, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Arkansas State announced Thursday Anderson had stepped down from his role as head coach to take over another FBS program.

"We appreciate Coach Anderson's contributions to our program," Arkansas State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohaji. "He is the only head coach in our FBS history to win two conference championships, and he played for a third while also leading us to six bowl games. We wish him the best moving forward."

Anderson led Arkansas State to back-to-back Sun Belt titles in 2015 and 2016. Anderson's best season with the Red Wolves came in 2015 when he coached the team to nine wins.

While Arkansas State never truly broke into the national conversation under Anderson, it was a consistent winner. Before this season, the Red Wolves had six straight winning seasons and six straight bowl appearances, winning at least seven games in each of those years.

This season has been more of a struggle with Arkansas State going just 4-7 in the pandemic-ridden year. Still, the Red Wolves were able to score 30 or more points six times. Anderson has a 51-37 record with Arkansas State.

An explosive offense has been a constant at Arkansas State in Anderson's seven years there. The Red Wolves have averaged less than 30 points per game just once during Anderson's tenure.

Anderson now takes over a reeling Utah State program that is 1-5 heading into the season finale Saturday at Colorado State — and one which has faced measure questions on the offensive side of the ball. The Aggies are 124th in the FBS (ahead of just three schools) in both total offense and scoring offense. Utah State has averaged 276 yards per game and scored 15.5 points per contest this season.

That lack of production led the Aggies to fire head coach Gary Andersen just three games into the season.

And now it's up to the new Anderson to try and turn around the Aggies.

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