Bowl Week comes to an end….
Friday kicked off with our weekly practice/walk thru which went smoothly, but learning about the tragic event that occurred in Connecticut before practice gave us notice to acknowledge the lost ones through prayer. So after practice we all got together, took a knee, and prayed for those who passed and their loved ones.
But I guess it’s about that time, huh? I know for a fact the players and I can’t wait, so for the fans, I can’t imagine the anticipation. The Pep Rally was simply amazing. It was great to see how many fans were able to come out to the Friday night rally, and the personal interactions I received from the kids and their families were PRICELESS. I can only imagine it was the same way for the rest of the Aggie players as well.
Aggie Nation you guys alone made today the best day of the week. Throughout all the fun and games, I’d have to say Friday was the best day of the bowl week prior to the game. Every kid, every mom, every dad, every fan, every smile, and every hug of tonight will stick in my mind forever. For the seniors this is some of our last memories of Utah State, and to the fans I hope all the pictures taken tonight will remind you of this great season, A season that I hope will be remembered by all Aggie Fans FOREVER.
“48 hours out”
Day 3 went good once again… but I must say the play is about over and minds are beginning to shift to Gameday.
Woke up early for meetings today going over yesterdays practice for things we need to fine tune before the game. Later Kerwynn, Coach A, and I had a press conference to answer any questions people might have for Utah State Football before the game, as well as just our state of mind and how the team’s thinking. To tell you all we are very very confident about this game coming up.
Practice went good, but the interesting part of the day was the Bowl Game dinner in which we got the chance once again to interact with the opposing team. All in all the dinner went good and our guy McKade Brady was awarded with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Idaho Sports Medicine Institute Humanitarian Award. Brady is such a good kid and deserves that award “hands down”… Proud of the kid.
“48 hours out” – Coach A says as we get done with practice, the time is almost here and for the seniors it’s almost the end. They say “everything comes to an end”, but I can speak for most of the seniors in saying “We Don’t Want This Season To End.”
That’s the word for today if you could call it one… Day 2 couldn’t have been any better for everyone. We had our first practice in Boise which went great. It was a very early practice starting at 8:30 a.m. which can be a little skeptical with everyone’s curfew being about 11:30pm. But the Aggies do what we do best, and that’s turn on that light switch and get ready to work.
“Work never comes before play…” but when work was over believe me it was all play! After a great practice, we enjoyed our light nap… then got straight to the competition and today it was Go-KARTS!!!!!!!!! I absolutely loved it, at moments feeling I should definitely pursue racing as a career…. Maybe… only maybe though.
Oh and can’t forget about the bowl gifts, you just have to love the prizes. Going into a room full of electronics and someone tells you to choose what you like. Is just something every kid loves to hear! From experience last year it was just great to enjoy that moment again, but for the new faces I can’t imagine how it felt for them probably close to surreal! Now I go to sleep happy to have another day of WORK and PLAY.
That’s the first words that came out of my mouth when stepping foot in front of the grove hotel… “Boise… We’re Back.” It was a good feeling I must say, and a good feeling to everyone. Personally for all those who didn’t get to be apart of the bowl experience last year (like the freshman and first year Utah State guys), you can look at their faces and see how excited they are, with nothing but anticipation for a great time.
Today’s first big event was to go bowling, which was also the first time we’ll be able to interact with the opposing team (Toledo). Unfortunately, we did lose in the bowling competition, but I tell you what, it was still a great time with the team and the games. I’d definitely say the second go around has started off much more fun. You can see the energy between both teams both coming off very competitive. I loved it. We’ve got an early morning practice Wednesday, but I’d say everyone can’t wait for what the next day has to offer.
This season had been incredible. The ups and downs have made it one that will not be forgotten in Aggie Nation for a long, long time. Between the heart breaking losses to Wisconsin and BYU, to the epic White-out (that us players STILL talk about), to the anticipation and ultimate defeating of nationally ranked La. Tech, to our own national ranking!! And finally to the WAC Championship. Seeing the guys holding that trophy was just incredible. Having the fans on the field with the players made it even more special, knowing we were one big family. That journey that we took to be playing in that bowl game on Dec. 15th is one that every single player on this team will forever remember. With a season this special it is only fitting to end it with a bowl win. And to do that we all know we need the fans to be there for us. You all mean more then you know to these players. They want to win for you guys. For the way you have accepted kids from all parts of the country into your city with open arms and supported us threw this journey. I hope that you all show up in huge numbers and allow us the privilege of showing you one last time this year why you will never forget this season. We love you all #AggieNation
The winning has become contagious around here. The guys come in every single day with an excitement about the future. This time of the season is when guys start to falter not only physically, but more importantly mentally. However, with us winning games and having fun in the process, everyone is staying sharp and continuing to focus on each opponent. I think it is easier for the team to keep such a high intensity because we all know a second bowl game is SO close. Furthermore, it has been absolutely incredible in terms of community/student support! You guys all mean more then you know. In fact, some players use fans as their biggest motivation! Nobody wants to let you, the fans, down. Continue to support us and we will continue to win! Also, do not be shy when you see players around. Although we may look big an intimidating at times, we also love hearing from people around town! As always, Go Aggies!
That loss against Wisconsin was crushing for all of us, there is no other way to put it. To be that close to defeating a team with so much history, in a stadium that is nationally recognized, would have been huge for this program. However, I think it shows the character of this team by the way we responded during the Colorado State game. To come out and put on a performance like that speaks volumes about the type of players we have on this team. Nothing phases us. Everyone knows our defense is one of the best in the country, ranked 11th overall heading into this weekends matchup with UNLV, but to have Kerwynn explode with a game like this gives the offense a little swag about what can be accomplished. We feel like we haven’t come close to our potential on offense, and with the defense playing like they are we will be a scary team once the O is clicking too. On a personal note it is pretty well known that my injury is severe, but I am still just as invested into this seasson now as when I was healthy and ready to go. I want to give a special shoutout to all the fans that have come up to me around town or contacted me via social networks for the support you guys have shown. I really do appreciate it, and just know that I love you all for it, and love this university. In the meantime, as I try to get healthy, lets keep this thing rolling! Great things are going to be done this season, keep supporting my boys like you all have been, they are feeding off your energy. And be there Saturday, it’s Whiteout time!!