USU football • Visit to 19th-ranked Louisiana Tech looms after bye week.
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Practice won't let up for Utah State football at least not early this week.
Though some of the Aggies' assistant coaches will be winding down and taking a break for the bye, the players still will be getting ready for the team's toughest challenge in the WAC this year.
Louisiana Tech will be no joke, USU coach Gary Andersen said Monday, and it will be a challenge for Utah State to prepare.
"Louisiana Tech is one of the best in the country at getting on the ball and playing with pace and speed and quickness," he said. "There's a lot of preparation that goes into getting a scout team to go in and get as good a look as you can. … We're going to use every moment we can possibly get."
Andersen said it would be tough for a scout team to duplicate the offense of Louisiana Tech, ranked No. 19 in the AP poll with the second-best scoring average in the nation. The coaching staff will start seriously game-planning Sunday after the Bulldogs play Texas State this week.
"[We want to] get a jump start on the opponent, but yet comeback on Monday mentally and physically with a head start," Andersen said. "When we walk into this game, our kids won't have a problem, obviously, being excited with what's on the line."
Williams makeshis mark
Senior running back Kerwynn Williams passed a big milestone Saturday by topping 1,000 yards rushing for the season, the third Utah State back to accomplish the feat in Andersen's four seasons.
The Aggies had several straight seasons without a 1,000-yard back before Andersen's tenure. With Williams carrying on the tradition, his coach speculated that the senior had made his mark on the program and stepped out of teammate Robert Turbin's shadow.
"He means the world to this program on and off the field," Andersen said. "I believe that now you look at Kerwynn, and now he has his own spot. It's the year that the team was 8-2 and Kerwynn got 1,000 yards."
With two backs in the NFL and potentially a third in Williams, Utah State is making a name for itself as a program that produces great rushers, Andersen said.
One hot topic Monday was fan attendance at Romney Stadium.
For the second straight game, the announced turnout hovered just above 17,000, leaving a few thousand empty seats for Utah State's win over Texas State. Andersen stayed relatively neutral on the topic, saying he hoped his 8-2 Aggies would continue to give fans a reason to come out.
"We need to put a product out there that they can be proud of," he said. "I know that there are a lot of Aggie fans that are very proud of these kids, and we appreciate the support. It will continue to grow."
Still, Andersen noted, it's nice for athletes to have a packed house to play in. It also plays a role in recruiting: Big crowds are a good environments for top prospects.
Twitter: @kylegoon Utah State at No. 19 Louisiana Tech
P Nov. 17, 5 p.m. MST