Utah State has a new offense and play caller this year

Will the Utah State Quarterbacks improve this year with a new play caller and offense?

QUARTERBACK


2016 Players not returning: None

Post 2017 Spring Ball attrition: Damion Hobbs (Moved to Tight End), Cade Smith (Transferred to Portland State)

Returning players: Jordan Love, Kent Myers, DJ Nelson

New Faces in 2017:

Henry Colombi 6'3" 190 (Scout 3*) - QB - Chaminade Maddona Prep, FL - (Signed 2/1/17; Currently on Campus)
2013 (Fr.) Stats: 2 completions 2 attempts 32 yards 2 TDs
2014 (Soph.) Stats: 8 completions 11 attempts 1 TD 1 INT
2015 (Jr.) Stats: 181 completions 262 attempts 3,044 yards 34 TDs 9 INTs; 43 carries 520 yards 3 TDs
2016 (Sr.) Stats: 72 completions 100 attempts 1,520 yards 14 TDs 3 INTs; 26 carries 590 yards 5 TDs
Offers from: Akron, Arkansas, Florida International, Iowa St, Louisiana-Lafayette, Miami (OH), Ohio, Temple, Toledo, Western Michigan
http://www.scout.com/player/202979-henry-colombi?s=208
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3367193/henry-colombi


2017 OUTLOOK

Senior Kent Myers enters the 2017 season needing to improve on a less than stellar junior campaign. Myers started all 12 games for the Aggies in 2016, while completing 211 of 361 passes for a 58.4% completion rate and 2,389 yards with 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Myers also had 116 carries for 449 yards and 3 touchdowns. Love him or hate him, Myers overall career production is undeniable, as he currently has a career interception percentage of just 0.021, which ranks first all-time in school history, with just 14 interceptions on 679 career attempts. Myers also ranks fourth all-time in school history in completion percentage (60.5%), sixth all-time in school history in total offense (5,963 yards), tied for eighth all-time in school history with 31 career touchdown passes, and ninth all-time in school history in three categories, career passing yards (4,848), career completions (411) and career pass attempts (679). Myers has also rushed for 1,115 yards on 257 carries during his career and ranks 25th all-time in school history in career rushing yards, including third all-time among quarterbacks. With the off season addition of new Aggie Offensive Coordinator David Yost, Myers is hoping to return to his All-League ways and lead the Aggies back to the post season. Myers is a superb athlete who was not only an all-state baseball player in high school but he also toyed with the idea of playing the 2015 season as a wide receiver for the Aggies. Myers strengths are his ability to extend a play with his feet and being able to throw on the run, as well as his confident and fierce competetive nature. Myers makes a lot of plays in the run game with his athletic ability, which also allows him to roll out and extend pass plays.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Love ended spring ball as the number two quarterback on the depth chart. Love absolutely was the beneficiary of a redshirt season in 2016, as during that time Love was able to adjust to life as a FBS quarterback by developing both mentally and more importantly physically as a player. Love graduated from high school early just so he could enroll at USU for winter semester of 2016 to participate in spring practice. Love finished his senior season at Liberty High (CA) in 2015 by throwing 102 completions in 200 attempts for 1,960 yards, 21 touchdowns with 6 interceptions, as well as logging 112 carries for 709 yards and nine touchdowns. Although Love totaled some impressive numbers he actually had some injury trouble early on in the season, making what Love did manage to accomplish even more solid of a showing. Love has a strong arm and completes a high percentage of his passes, to go along with his mobility and that gives him a high up side toward becoming a complete dual threat QB.

Coming in with a little bit of hype behind his arrival, is true freshman Henry Colombi. As a prep senior in 2016, despite battling a shoudler injury that marred his final prep season, Colombi still earned first-team all-county honors at quarterback from the South Florida Sun Times at Chaminade Madonna College Prep (FL), as he completed 72 of his 100 attempts for 1,520 yards with 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions and also carried the ball 26 times for 590 yards (22.7 ypc) with five touchdowns. Colombi also helped the Lions to a 10-5 record and an appearance in the state championship game. During an injury free season as a junior in 2015, Colombi was named Florida's 4A Player of the Year, as well as earning first-team all-state and first-team all-county honors and being named the Offensive Player of the Year in Broward County, after shredding opposing defenses with 181 completions in 262 attempts for 3,044 yards, 34 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and carrying the ball 43 times for 520 yards and 3 more touchdowns. The Utah State coaching staff is thrilled to have Colombi join the team in 2017, because of his good arm strength and his very accurate passing ability. Colombi possesses better mobility than he is given credit for, and he plays with that "it" factor that coaches love in a quarterback. If Colombi gets enough reps once fall camp enters, he could be in the starting quarterback conversation, otherwise he will redshirt and compete for the starting job in 2018.


Junior DJ Nelson will likely be the third quarterback in the rotation in 2017, if Colombi redshirts. As a sophomore in 2016, Nelson saw action in all 12 games, primarily as the holder for the Aggie special teams kicking units. However, Nelson did complete his one and only pass attempt of the season for a 12 yard gain against Air Force. Nelson left Logan High (UT) as one of the most decorated signal callers in Utah High School football history. Despite constant knocks on his height and stature, Nelson has a great deal of football knowledge, surprisingly agile athleticism, and sheer will power to just go out and get the job done day in and day out. Nelson is a fierce competetor, who commands the respect of his teammates in the huddle and will not go down without a fight.


PROJECTED 2017 PRESEASON DEPTH CHART

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2   Kent Myers (6-0, 200, Sr., 3L)
10 Jordan Love (6-3, 210, Fr., RS)
     Henry Colombi (6-3, 190, Fr., HS)
12 DJ Nelson (5-9, 195, Jr., 2L)



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