Utah State faces Central Methodist Friday night for its first exhibition, and we have a short preview of that contest. But here's some extra nuggets from today's conference call with Stew Morrill:
• Looking like one redshirt this year. Morrill said he expects not a lot of redshirts this year, save one. That should be center Carson Shanks, as assistant Chris Jones said last night on the radio with KVNU. The coaching staff looks for him to develop some strength and athleticism over the next year, having some time to adapt to the college game. The 7-footer has nice touch but is probably not physically ready to compete in the Mountain West. As for Viko Noma'aea and Jojo McGlaston, they'll have chances to play this year. Outside chance of two redshirts, Morrill said, but for now just the one.
• The Aggies want to be more of a fast break threat. I pointed out in the recent notebook that Marcel Davis will be charged with pushing the ball more off the break, and Morrill concurred. He said that's actually what Utah State always wants, but it doesn't always happen right away. "For whatever reason, players talk about wanting to run, but when it gets down to it, you're constantly pushing them to get the easy offense on the fast break." Morrill is talking about the players here: They need to be with the program. Kyisean Reed was a great fastbreak threat for the Aggies last year, but after his knee injury, the fast break point totals suffered. It will be interesting to see how Utah State can use the talents of players like Davis, Jalen Moore, Danny Berger and others to get points on fast breaks.