Scouting the Independents: Utah St

A program in no man's land is the best way to describe Utah State as they are a small I-A program with a losing record for almost for almost five years and no conference to play in. While they offered a few late round choices in the past its' been mostly free agents, and that's the way it looks for 2003.

Utah State Aggies

Receiver Kevin Curtis is a heady, consistent wide out with reliable hands and the penchant for making the important play when the game is on the line. Curtis is not afraid to go up in a crowd and lay out on the sidelines for the tough catch but really lacks the pure size/speed numbers to be anything other than a late round choice and a fifth receiver at the next level. James Newton is a huge offensive tackle with size potential and really a decent athlete that works to play with solid fundamentals and will get late round consideration. A solid long-term prospect, Newton should find his way onto a practice squad. Finally, we like what we see from junior wide out Chris Stallworth, a tall target that makes the difficult catch and has potential at the next level.

Another underclassman we like resides on the defensive line, end Nate Putnam, a tall, angular athletic end that rushes the passer well and could be a solid pro-prospect at the next level if he fills out physically. Senior linebacker Jesse Busta is a hard-hitting, tackling machine with limited skills against the pass that may get into a camp next summer.

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