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  Former four-star running back Jordan Wilmore, once a Utah Ute and a Fresno State Bulldog, is now a Utah State Aggie. Wilmore never officially announced his commitment nor that he signed with Utah State. But it is official. The Lawndale, California, native is on Utah State's roster heading into the 2022 season, part of a running back room that now includes Calvin Tyler Jr. - formerly of Oregon State - John Gentry, Pailate Makakona and Robert Briggs. As it turns out, with the loss of Elelyon Noa - via the transfer portal - Utah State coach Blake Anderson just didn't feel comfortable with the depth the Aggies had at running back, and Wilmore's past was intriguing. "We felt like we needed more opportunity in that room to maybe play by committee a little bit," Anderson said. "Wilmore comes in having played on some Power Five rosters. People in the state are familiar with him. At one point he was listed as the starter at Utah, at least for a game or two." - Salt Lake Tribune

rJr/2024 RB Jordan WilmoreUtah State
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: OT Alfred Edwards, Utah State,...Edwards is one of six Mountain West players named to the 89-player list. A year ago, the 6-foot-7, 325-pounder garnered honorable mention all-MW honors after starting 13 games at left tackle, recording 12.0 knockdowns. Despite missing one game due to injury, he played in 830 snaps and graded out at 88 percent to lead the team. The recipient of the 2022 Outland Trophy will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 8, as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. - Utah State Football

rSr/2023 OT Alfred EdwardsUtah State
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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Stephen Kotsanlee - Utah State,... Kotsanlee (6-1, 215) served as Utah State's punter and holder on extra points and field goals in all 14 games last season, punting 53 times for an average of 42.5 yards per punt, which is the ninth-best single-season punting average in school history. With that average, he ranked seventh in the MW and 50th in the nation. Of Kotsanlee's 53 punts in 2021, nine went for 50 yards or more, 19 were downed inside the 20-yard line and 20 were fair caught. Only two of his 53 punts resulted in a touchback. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound native of Melbourne, Australia, has punted 90 times in his career for an average of 41.8 yards per punt, which is tied for the seventh-best punting average in school history.

He is yet another product of Australian Rules football, which he played with the Surrey Park Panthers Football Club in the Yarra Football League and won a premiership (the down-under word for championship) in 2013. He also played soccer (known in the rest of the world as football) for the Blackburn Football Club. In 2018, he was introduced to Prokick Australia, the Melbourne academy that teaches Australians how to punt an American football with the hope of earning a scholarship to play football and study in the United States… He trained with coaches Nathan Chapman and Johnny Smith from 2018-19… Graduated in 2017 from Box Hill High School in Victoria, Australia. - Utah State Football


Jr/2024 P Stephen KotsanleeUtah State
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  Former Utah running back Jordan Wilmore has transferred to a new school. According to his Twitter bio, Wilmore has transferred to Utah State. Wilmore, a four-star recruit from Lawndale High School in Lawndale, Calif., played in two seasons at Utah, rushing for 194 yards and a touchdown in the 2019 season and 54 yards in 2020. He transferred to Fresno State for the 2021 season, where he rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown. The 5-foot-8, 203-pound Wilmore has two seasons of eligibility left. - Deseret News

rJr/2024 RB Jordan WilmoreUtah State
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Calvin Tyler, Jr. (Sr.), Utah State,...Running back Calvin Tyler (5-8, 210), spent four seasons (2017-20) at Oregon State, as he played in 14 games and rushed for 124 yards on 30 carries, to go along with three receptions for 24 yards and nine kickoff returns for 182 yards... Appeared in three games as a junior in 2020, and carried the ball 15 times for 45 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with two receptions for nine yards. - Utah State Football

rSr/2023 RB Calvin Tyler Jr.Utah State
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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Logan Bonner, Utah State,...Quarterback Logan Bonner set five single-season Utah State records during the 2021 season with 3,628 passing yards, 36 touchdown passes, four touchdown passes in three-straight games, four touchdown passes in six games in a season and 2.57 touchdown passes per game… Was 263-of-429 (.613) passing to rank fourth in school history in completions, sixth in attempts and seventh in completion percentage… Also had 3,694 yards of total offense to rank as the second-most in school history... His 36 touchdown passes tied for the seventh-most in school history, while his completion percentage (.613) is the third-best - Utah State Football

rSr/2023 QB Logan BonnerUtah State
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  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Logan Bonner, Utah State, Sr., 6-1, 230, Rowlett, Texas,...During the 2021 campaign, Bonner set five single-season school records with 3,628 yards passing, 36 touchdown passes, four touchdown passes in three-straight games, four touchdown passes in six games in a season and 2.57 touchdown passes per game. On the season, Bonner was 263-of-429 (.613) passing to rank fourth in school history in completions, sixth in attempts and seventh in completion percentage. He also had 3,694 yards of total offense to rank as the second-most in school history. - Utah State Football

rSr/2023 QB Logan BonnerUtah State
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  The last time a former UCLA football player transferred to Utah State, it worked quite well for the Aggies. USU is hoping for a similar level of production from defensive end John Ward, who announced his commitment to the program Sunday on Twitter. Ward, who should be in Logan for USU's upcoming fall camp, has three years of eligibility remaining, although he doesn't have a redshirt year left. The last former Bruin to transfer to USU was Marcus Moore, who was a two-year starting defensive tackle from 2020-21. Moore, a graduate transfer, had a big senior season for the eventual Mountain West champions as he contributed with 45 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss, plus he recovered a fumble in the Mountain West championship game against San Diego State. Ward spent three seasons in Los Angeles, where he played sparingly for the Bruins. - Herald Journal

rJr/2024 DE John WardUtah State
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  UCF redshirt freshman linebacker Cole Joyce has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, he announced on social media Tuesday. Joyce appeared in only one game while working primarily with the scout team last season. He will have at least four years of eligibility remaining at his next school. "Thank you to the UCF coaching staff for their guidance, support and mentorship," Joyce wrote on Twitter. "I have had an amazing experience. Thank you Knight Nation!" Joyce is the second member of UCF football to jump in the portal, joining reserve quarterback Parker Navarro, who announced his decision Monday. A member of UCF's 2021 recruiting class, Joyce played linebacker at Bentonville High School in Arkansas. The 3-star prospect was a top 100 linebacker in the country, according to 247Sports. - Orlando Sentinel

rFr/2026 ILB Cole JoyceUtah State
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  Levi Williams ran for 200 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 127 yards and another touchdown to lead Wyoming to a 52-38 win over Kent State on Tuesday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Williams, who set a career-best single-game rushing performance, tied the Potato Bowl record for most rushing touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. "He's very gifted and can run like the wind," Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. "And obviously, it's great to see him make those plays he's very capable of making." Kent State (7-7), playing in its fifth bowl game in school history, raced out to a 17-7 lead and held a 24-21 advantage at halftime, but the Golden Flashes couldn't hold up against Wyoming's relentless rushing attack. "That's not the outcome we were looking for," Kent State coach Sean Lewis said. "Areas that hampered us all year long hurt us today...But I'm eager and excited to get back to work and build a program that Kent State can be proud of." Wyoming (7-6) scored 21 consecutive points to start the second half, including scoring runs of 27 and 80 yards by Williams, to build a 42-24 lead that proved to be too much for Kent State to overcome. Wyoming senior linebacker Chad Muma and Butkus Award finalist didn't disappoint in his final college game, leading the Cowboys on defense with 13 tackles and a half sack. - Wyoming/AP College Football

rJr/2024 QB Levi WilliamsUtah State
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  Although it is not as common as it used to be, college football fans are still typically greeted with at least one surprise on national signing day, and Utah State was no exception on Day 1 of the early signing period. The Aggies signed three transfers Wednesday morning who had not previously disclosed their intentions on social media. Former Miami safety Gurvan Hall inked his letter of intent with the Aggies, as did Washington linebacker MJ Tafisi and Arkansas State defensive back Anthony Switzer, who was brought in to compete at the striker position. The Aggies have greatly benefited from the transfer portal on their way to a Mountain West championship this season as Quazzel White (right tackle), Logan Bonner (quarterback), Calvin Tyler Jr. (running back), Brandon Bowling (wide receiver), Byron Vaughns (defensive end), Patrick Joyner Jr. (DE), Justin Rice (linebacker), Hunter Reynolds (safety) and Monte McGary (safety) have all played a big part in the team's success. All of those athletes were part of Blake Anderson's first recruiting class at the Aggie helm. - Herald Journal Tribune

rSr/2023 FS Gurvan Hall Jr.Utah State
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Deven Thompkins, Sr., Utah State,...Thompkins, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound wide receiver from Fort Myers, Florida (Dunbar HS), earned all-league honors for the first time in his career and is the first Aggie wide receiver to earn first-team all-conference honors since Aaron Jones was named first-team all-Big West Conference in 2000. USU was an independent in 2001 and 2002 as Kevin Curtis was named to the all-independent team both seasons. Overall, Thompkins is just the 10th wide receiver in school history to earn first-team all-conference honors.

Thompkins, who was named the MW Offensive Player of the Week twice this year, leads the nation in receiving with 1,543 yards (128.6 ypg). Thompkins is also first in the MW and fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,803 (150.3 ypg), third in the MW and 11th in the nation in receptions with 87 (7.2 pg), fifth in the MW and 33rd in the nation in yards per reception (17.7), and sixth in the MW and 24th in the nation in receiving touchdowns with nine (0.75 pg). Thompkins, who set the school record for receiving yards in a season this year, also has eight 100-yard receiving games to tie for first nationally. - Utah State Football


Sr/2022 WR Deven ThompkinsUtah State
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB - Justin Rice, Sr., Utah State,...Rice, a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Modesto, California (Central Catholic HS/Arkansas State) earned all-league honors for the third time in his career, as he was named first-team all-Sun Belt Conference in 2020 at Arkansas State and first-team all-MW in 2019 at Fresno State. Rice, who was named the MW Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, leads the team with 105 tackles and five double-digit tackle outings. He is also tied for the team lead with three interceptions and is second with 12.0 tackles for loss. On the season, Rice is fourth in the MW and 28th in the nation in tackles (8.8 pg), eighth in the MW and 58th in the nation in interceptions (0.25 pg), and eighth in the MW in tackles for loss (1.00 pg). - Utah State Football

rSr/2022 ILB Justin RiceUtah State
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST SECOND TEAM (COACHES): KR - Savon Scarver, Sr., Utah State,...Scarver, a 5-11, 175-pound kickoff returner from Las Vegas, Nevada (Centennial HS), earned all-conference honors for the fourth time in his career as he was named first-team all-MW in both 2018 and 2019, and garnered honorable mention accolades in 2020. In 2021, Scarver tied the NCAA record for kickoff returns for touchdown in a career with seven as he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score against UNLV (10/16). Overall, Scarver is one of just five players in NCAA history with seven-career kickoff returns for a touchdown. Thus far this season, Scarver has returned 23 kickoffs for 559 yards (24.3 ypr) and ranks first in the MW and 11th in the nation in kickoff returns for touchdown with one (0.08 pg), and third in the MW and 32nd in the nation in kickoff returns (24.2 ypr). - Utah State Football

rSr/2022 WR Savon ScarverUtah State
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  2021 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Derek Wright, WR,...Wright, a 6-1, 195-pound wide receiver from Sterling, Utah (Manti HS/Snow College), earned all-conference honors for the first time as he leads the team with 10 touchdown receptions, is second with 699 receiving yards and third with 39 receptions. Overall, Wright is fourth in the MW and 15th in the nation in receiving touchdowns (0.83 pg), and fourth in the MW and 30th in the nation in yards per reception (17.9). On the season, Wright has caught a career-high two touchdowns in four different games and had his first-career 100-yard receiving game at New Mexico (11/26) with four receptions for a career-high 150 yards. - Utah State Football

rSr/2022 WR Derek WrightUtah State
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