Key Media Mentions for April 2013
Utah State Alum and Nike Brand President Charlie Denson to Make Commencement Address – Salt Lake Tribune, April 2
Utah State athletics has had a good friend in Charlie Denson the last few years.
The president of Nike Brand who helped lead a logo and image overhaul for Utah State, Denson will be honored as this year's commencement speaker on May 4. He'll receive an honorary degree as well, alongside Sen. Orrin Hatch among others.
Denson has close ties to the university, an alum in 1978 who went to work for a Portland store that would birth the world's largest and most lucrative athletic wear company. Besides being a contributor to the Aggies — he auctioned off a private tour and lunch for a recent fundraiser — he helped lead the 15-month project that overhauled Utah State's brand.
Utah State's current contract with Nike expires at the end of May, but given Denson's close relationship with the university, it seems likely that the school will find a way to re-up its deal.
Utah State University Advanced Weather Sensors Going to Space on Asian Satellites – Salt Lake Tribune, April 4
Advanced weather-sensing instruments built by a Utah State University-affiliated lab will get a ride into space on an Asian telecommunications satellite set to launch in 2016.
The agreement announced Wednesday advances a partnership with Las Vegas-based company GeoMetWatch that is the single largest applied engineering contract at a USU lab.
The satellite will be launched over the Pacific Rim by AsiaSat, a satellite TV and Internet company. From the vantage point of 22,000 miles above earth, the instrument could pick up weather data affecting most of the world’s population, said Forrest Fackrell, chief development officer at GeoMetWatch.
"It’s a big deal because it really gives us an international capability. It gives us a very significant hosting partner," he said.
Clash of the Concrete Canoes: USU Hosts Event at Hyrum State Park– Herald Journal, April 7
Donning wet suits, a team of Utah State University students marched into the waters of Hyrum reservoir carrying with them something that took a total of 2,200 man hours to build — “Canoebis.”
The swamp test allows judges to test the endurance of the canoes for the Rocky Mountain American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, student conference, which took place Thursday through Saturday. The conference also features other competitions, including a steel bridge competition.
The hard work paid off, according to Saturday’s results USU took first for the third consecutive year.
The winner of each regional canoe competition moves on to compete for a monetary reward at the national level. In 2011, the USU canoe team placed 16th, and in 2012 it placed 18th.
Teams qualify for the National Concrete Canoe competition by placing first in one of 18 conference competitions held throughout the U.S. Teams placing second in a conference competition behind a university that finished in the top five at the previous year’s national competition are also invited.
Keeton Receives Prestigious Award – Herald Journal, April 16
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton was named the 2012 Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year at the second annual Utah Governor’s State of Sport Awards held Tuesday at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City.
Former Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen was named the Coach of the Year.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert provided remarks and presented awards along with eight-time Grand Slam Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Agassi. The event recognized athletes, coaches and key sports people and partners who have been instrumental in helping to build Utah's sports industry.
“I am pleased to be part of this great event to recognize excellence in sports and would like to extend a very special thank you to Andre Agassi for joining us today,” Herbert said in a press release.
Nearly 50,000 votes were cast from sports fans across all 50 states and 62 countries from around the world.
USU Student Receives Prestigious Honor as Truman Scholar – Herald Journal, April 16
When she was a freshman at Utah State University, Briana Bowen did not go through the typical college experience.
At 19, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Luckily, though, with the help of doctors, the political science major is in remission. But the “politics” behind her experience changed her.
“Once I was treated very successfully, I started to look at the policies and said, ‘Wow, health care policy in this country really determines whether or not some people in my position have access to health care,’” Bowen said. “What happens to people who are not fortunate enough?”
Now a junior, Bowen is putting her emphasis in public service on health care policy and will be able to bolster that education now that she’s a Truman Scholar.
USU recently announced that Bowen was one of 62 students named as such by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation on April 10 — the first time since 1984 that a USU student received the scholarship.
Williams Named Utah State's Head Trainer – Herald Journal, April 26
For the first time in 38 years, Utah State will have a new head athletic trainer.
With long-time head trainer Dale Mildenberger retiring this spring, the Aggies had to replace the Hall of Famer. Those big shoes will be filled by someone who is very familiar with USU and made headlines last December.
Mike Williams will be the new head trainer. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by USU Director of Athletics Scott Barnes. Williams will take over the job from Mildenberger on May 1.
Williams is no stranger to Aggie athletics. The Robin, Idaho, native came to USU after graduating from Marsh Valley High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 1996.
For the past 14 years Williams has been an assistant athletics trainer at USU. He has worked primarily with the men’s basketball programs, while providing support for USU’s other 15 NCAA Division I programs.
Keeton Named to Heisman Trophy Watch List – Herald Journal, April 26
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
So are 29 other college football players at this point.
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M highlights the first edition of the 2013 HeismanPundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Trophy Watch List, which was officially released on Thursday.
Keeton and Manziel are two of 19 quarterbacks on the watch list, which also includes Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Nevada’s Cody Fajardo and San Jose State’s David Fales.
“Chuckie has earned every right to be included in preseason campaigns, polls and watch lists for every award a quarterback can be,” USU head coach Matt Wells said. “He’s earned that right based on his play for the last two years. He’s earned it by his win-loss record as a quarterback, he’s earned it by his stats, his leadership — everything he does for our program inside the building and outside the building. He’s earned every right to be included in every category that anybody wants to talk about in the country.”
NFL Draft Results: Dolphins Get Will Davis in 3rd Round – Sports Blog Nation, April 26
Day two of the 2013 NFL Draft is nearing its end, with just a few more picks to go until the end of the third round. With pick No. 93, the Miami Dolphins selected cornerback Will Davis out of Utah State. Immediately after that, the Baltimore Ravens selected defensive tackle Brandon Williams out of Missouri Southern at No. 94, and then the Houston Texans used the draft's first compensatory selection on defensive end Sam Montgomery out of LSU.
Miami moved up to the No. 93 pick to get Davis, dealing with the Green Bay Packers, who have been very active in the trade market. A couple seasons ago, Miami looked set at the cornerback position, but now they're in need of a couple bodies at the position. Davis became a full-time starter for the Aggies in 2012, earning first-team All-WAC honors. Davis appears to have the natural build and ability to potentially be a fixture in the NFL for a long time. He has fluid hips and quick feet.
Davis may have been higher up draft boards if he had played against BCS-level competition in college. Going from the WAC to the NFL could be a difficult transition, especially for a player whose biggest weakness is arguably his physicality, but the Dolphins should give him plenty of opportunities to succeed.
2013 NFL Draft: Indianapolis Colts Select Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams at No. 230 – Mountain West Connection, April 27
Utah State's Kerwynn Williams was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 230th pick in the NFL Draft.
Williams will be trying to make a name for himself at the running back position, as did his teammates Robert Turbin and Michael Smith. That due was drafted in 2012 by the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaners.
During his senior season at Utah State, Wilams helped Utah State win the WAC title by rushing for 1,512 yards and 15 touchdowns. Williams is not a tall back standing at just 5-feet-8 and just 195 pounds, but that makes him hard to find and tackle when breaking through the line of scrimmage. Despite being a smaller back, Williams is perfectly capable of running between the tackles as opposed to some slighter runners who like to take to the outside.
He also has the ability to go out and play wide receiver and catch the ball out of the backfield, he is not an amazing pass catcher but he gets the job done.
Due to his size being an every down or starting running back is not likely in the cards, but that may not matter much as teams us multiple running backs instead of a singular workhorse ball carrier. He needs to work on pass protection and also creating quicker moves when in the open field.
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