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New coach brings optimism to Utah State



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LOGAN -- Gary Andersen's first fall practice as head coach of the Utah State Aggies was filled with excitement, energy and optimism.

Aggie cornerback Kejon Murphy said this is the first time he's been excited entering a season.

Quarterback Diondre Borel said "Everybody was eager and ready to get back on the field. With all the hard work we put in during the summer, we just want to be able to showcase our skills. Everyone on the team is just ready to play."

Senior receiver Nnamdi Gwacham echoed his teammates excitement saying, "Ever since Coach Andersen came in there has been a whole different excitement. Not just with the team, but with the whole city. Everyone is excited to see what the 2009 Utah State Aggies can be. I think the players are also very excited. I have been here since 2005, and quite frankly this is the most excited the town, the community and the team has been for football season."

The Aggies will be able to play and prove that their excitement and optimism is for real when they travel to Salt Lake City in one month to take on Andersen's former team, the University of Utah.

Two weeks after the opener with the Utes, The Aggies will once again show their excitement when they travel to Texas A&M on September 19th.

Andersen is hoping his players have the same energy and excitement and optimism after the first two games as they do now.

E-mail: rzundel@ksl.com

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