Utah State Athletics 2019-20 Year in Review

Athletic Accomplishments

•  Men's basketball won its second consecutive Mountain West Tournament title and is 6-0 in the tournament over the last two years. USU is one of just four teams in Mountain West history to win back-to-back conference tournament titles, and it was the first time capturing back-to-back tournament titles for an Aggie team since winning Big West Tournament titles in 2000 and 2001.

• Senior guard Sam Merrill became the fourth Aggie in school history and just the sixth player in MW history to surpass 2,000 career points. Merrill finished second in both USU and Mountain West history with 2,197 career points. Merrill was named the MW Tournament MVP, marking the first time that a player has earned back-to-back MW Tournament MVP honors in league history.

• Football ended its 2019 season with a 7-6 record and finished in third place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 6-2 league mark. Utah State played in a bowl game for the eighth time in the last nine seasons and for the 14th time in school history as it lost to Kent State, 51-41, in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. 

• With its 7-6 record this season, Utah State football has now won at least seven games six times in the past nine years and 26 times in school history. USU also finished Mountain West play with a 6-2 record, marking the fourth time in its seven years in the league that it has won at least six games. Overall, it is just the sixth time in school history that USU has won six conference games.

• Men's cross country won its first ever Mountain West Conference title, led by graduate student Dallin Farnsworth's MW Championship record time of 21:14.2. The Aggies also earned their second-ever bid to nationals where they finished 16th, the highest finish in program history. Head coach Artie Gulden was named the conference's Coach of the Year.

• Despite having its season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, gymnastics posted three of the five best team scores in program history. Junior Autumn DeHarde was named the MRGC Gymnast of the Year, while Sofi Sullivan captured conference Freshman of the Year honors and Amy Smith was named the Coach of the Year.

Academic Accomplishments

• Utah State had 187 student-athletes recognized with academic all-Mountain West, 132 student-athletes recognized as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, while 212 student-athletes where honored at the Joe E. and Elma Whitesides luncheon with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better. 

• Utah State's nearly 400 student-athletes have a combined 3.36 grade point average and a 93 percent graduation success rate, which leads the Mountain West.

• Women's volleyball earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Honor Roll Award.

• The men's and women's track & field teams were recognized as all-academic teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

• The men's and women's tennis teams were each recognized as all-academic teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

• The men's basketball team received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Academic Excellence Award.


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