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AGGIES GEARING UP FOR FINAL TUNE-UP

Posted Thursday, August 20, 2009 by staff
With more than a dozen practices under their belts, the 2009 OPSU Aggie football team is gearing up for a final dress rehearsal before kicking off the season a week from Saturday in Durango, Colorado. The team will face off in an intra-squad game-type scrimmage on Saturday, August 22 at 11 AM at Carl Wooten Field in Goodwell.
The Aggies have been being put through their paces since arriving on August 8 and there is a spirit of optimism that permeates the 2009 team. The Aggies return 19 starters from a 2008 team that went 3-7. In addition, the team has added some transfers to the mix that may even displace some of those starters.
“All our players have been working hard and our practices have been enthusiastic over the last few days. We may have some new faces dotting the starting line-ups when we travel to Ft. Lewis College. Much of that will be decided on Saturday during the scrimmage.” State Aggie head football coach Mike Wyatt.
Newcomers that are making their presence felt include: offensive guard, Brian Armendariz a junior transfer from East Los Angeles College and Doug Williams, a lanky junior wide receiver from Foothills College. Add to that group Tim O’Neil, a mid-year transfer from College of DuPage that anchors the Aggie offensive line from the center position.
Defensively, the Aggies have two transfers in the secondary that will help,  in Micah Oates-Jenkins from Ridgewater Community College and Harrison Harris from San Joaquin Delta College. They are joined by Arkansas Tech linebacker transfer Jose Huerta and College of DuPage transfer Kervin Delma.
“The newcomers have done a good job of fitting in with our team goals and needs. They have helped us achieve a level of competition on the practice field and everyone knows that competition breeds excellence.” Added Wyatt.
There are still a number of battles going on all over the field to determine both the starters for the Ft. Lewis game as well as who will be on the travel squad when the team pulls out for Durango next Friday.
“We’ve been getting good leadership from our veterans and  they all know that we have a lot of work to do to be ready for the opener. “ Wyatt noted.
Saturday’s scrimmage will feature NCAA referees, many of whom, the Aggies will face throughout the season at various venues. Prior to the game, they will update the coaching staff on new rule changes and will help the players work out the kinks before it really counts, the following week.

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