Utah State will be making its first and only appearance on a grass field this week when it plays BYU in Provo.
To prepare for Friday’s in-state showdown with the Cougars, the Aggies will hold all of their practices this week on their grass practice field.
USU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda doesn’t think there is much of a difference between grass and turf.
“I think what happens is everyone is just creatures of habit,” Aranda said. “We’re going to be out here (on the practice field) the whole week, which usually we don’t do.
“By the time we get to (the game), it will be fine.”
The field at LaVell Edwards Stadium is covered with a sand-based natural turf capable of draining eight inches of rain per hour.
The Aggies and Cougars tangle Friday night at 8:15 — the game will be televised live on ESPN — and USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton is looking forward to playing on grass.
In fact, he prefers the grass over turf.
“Personally, I like grass fields just because first of all, if you get hit or you slide, there’s no turf burns,” Keeton said. “So, I’m happy with that. But at the same time, there’s also a factor of unpredictability just because you don’t know how the weather is going to play into it.
“... I’ve always been told that their grass is a little bit slower, but it’s not really that big of a factor.”
Back-to-back in Provo
The Aggies are making their second straight visit to LaVell Edwards Stadium on Friday night.
USU head coach Gary Andersen hopes this is the last time the Aggies have to play back-to-back games in Provo.
“Hopefully, this is the last time we have to go back there two times in a row,” said the Aggies’ fourth-year coach. “It's a very difficult place to play. We go every year to very difficult venues, but from what I hear none of them match BYU’s stadium or Utah’s Stadium.
“I know it goes the same way about our place because they don't want to come here and play us anymore, obviously. I think that is a good spot for us to be in, in the future and we will see how it goes.”
The Cougars lead the overall series with the Aggies 44-34-3, including a 25-16-1 mark at home.
Jacobs shines vs. Rebels
Chuck Jacobs woke up with a good feeling last Saturday morning.
He must have been feeling on top of the world by the time he went to bed later that night.
That’s because Utah State’s senior wide receiver had arguably his best game as an Aggie in USU’s 35-13 Homecoming victory over UNLV at Romney Stadium.
“I was feeling good in the morning when I first woke up,” Jacobs said Monday during the Aggies’ weekly press conference. “And I was just trying to carry that momentum and keep that going into the game.
“In pre-game I felt good and ... when my number was called, I just made some plays.”
Jacobs sure did. He caught four passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
“Chuck Jacobs had his best game for us,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “We took advantage of opportunities and made some big plays once he caught the ball.”
Jacobs caught touchdown passes of 50 and 17 yards, respectively. The first one gave the Aggies a 17-7 lead with 5:25 remaining in the first half.
“I was just trying to read the defense, see where the safeties were at and where the linebackers were at, and then after I caught the ball it was just will, basically from there on out,” Jacobs said.
Through USU’s first five games, Jacobs has caught 17 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns.
“I am just looking to have fun out there,” Jacobs said. “I love the game of football, I love playing football and every time I get my hands on a ball I am looking to make a play.”