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So long as he's healthy this fall, "look for [Utah State redshirt senior OLB Kyler Fackrell] to climb into the second or third round," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"This stand-up rush linebacker with length and agility came out the box strong for the Aggies, garnering all-conference honors his first two seasons on campus," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder logged 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks between 2012-2013. "Fackrell suffered a torn ACL in the season opener last year, and now must prove he is strong enough to handle NFL linemen and healthy enough to stay on the field," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 8:36 PM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton is "one of the beat dual-threats in the country, and now it's a matter of rebounding staying healthy -- because he did not look 100 percent between injuries when he played early last season," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Keeton suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in October 2013, wiping out the rest of his season. "Keeton has been touted every preseason the last few years, only to run into unfortunate injury trouble," Brown wrote. "After getting a redshirt, he'll return and attempt to recapture past magic for a Utah State team that has become the best non-Boise State program in the Mountain West." The draft expert ranks Keeton as the No. 22 signal-caller in the land. In 31 collegiate games, Keeton has thrown 58 touchdown passes and rushed for 1,234 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Jul 8 - 6:03 PM

Utah State redshirt senior OLB Kyler Fackrell's health must be monitored (ACL), but he combined a superb blend of premium size and athleticism before the injury, according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"The 2013 tape shows a long-levered gazelle who could run and chase like a future early round pick," Zierlein wrote. "Fackrell's smoothness in space and closing burst was undeniable." The analyst ranks Fackrell as the No. 7 edge rusher in the country. "Scouts will be watching Fackrell throughout the season to see how he progresses and whether he was able to maintain his explosiveness," Zierlein wrote. "Fackrell could project to either the strong or weak-side outside 'backer spot in a 3-4."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 11:10 AM

Utah State senior WR and returner JoJo Natson has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

USA Today's Paul Myerberg calls this a "significant loss" as Natson is one of the top returners in the country. His impact does not stop there, however, as he caught 51 passes for 504 yards and two touchdowns as well as producing 498 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 50 carries during the 2014 season.
Jun 29 - 9:19 AM

Utah State redshirt senior OLB Kyler Fackrell (ACL) offers "impressive burst off the edge," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

It is our hope that Fackrell retains that explosion post knee surgery, which he underwent after tearing his right ACL in the opener last year. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder logged 82 tackles, 13 TFL, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown in 2013, his last healthy campaign. The analyst pegs Fackrell as the No. 15 LB in the land.
Jun 22 - 8:41 PM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton "has proved that he is one of the nation's most exciting dual-threat quarterbacks" when healthy, notes NFL Media.

The "when healthy" qualifier is important, here. Keeton suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in October 2013, wiping out the rest of his season. Last year, he hurt the same knee in Week 3 and never returned. "If he is healthy this fall, he should be one of the nation's best quarterbacks," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. In 31 collegiate games, Keeton has thrown 58 touchdown passes and rushed for 1,234 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 2:57 PM

Utah State redshirt senior OLB Kyler Fackrell (ACL) "has excellent size and has been clocked as fast as 4.64 in the 40-yard dash," notes NFL Media.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Fackrell was ranked as Mel Kiper's No. 1 underclassmen OLB prior to last season, but he tore his right ACL in Week 1 against Tennessee and missed the remainder of the season. "If healthy, Fackrell has the talent to be the Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Year," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 2:26 PM

Utah State redshirt junior LB Nick Vigil is the 10th-most versatile player in the nation, in the estimation of NFL Media.

Last year, Vigil had 16.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He moonlighted on offense, ala Myles Jack, by posting 41 carries and even two passes (both completions). "Like most two-way players, defense will command the majority of Vigil's playing time this fall," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 10 - 8:54 PM

Utah State LB Zachary Vigil "could move up the board a bit after showing better than anticipated straight-line speed" at his pro day, notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-2, 236-pounder clocked 4.68 and 4.67 second showings in the 40 late last week at his showcase. He added a 32-inch vertical, 9-5 broad jump, 4.41 short shuttle, a 7.11 three-cone drill and 26 reps on the bench press. Despite the showing, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt recently wrote that the reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year would still "likely be a priority free agent."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 8 - 8:36 PM

Utah State LB Zachary Vigil "had a good [pro day] workout and will likely be a priority free agent," noted NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Vigil logged 4.68 and 4.67 second showings in the 40, adding a 32-inch vertical, 9-5 broad jump, 4.41 short shuttle, a 7.11 three-cone drill and 26 reps on the bench press. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports and a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 10:14 PM

Utah State RB Joe Hill clocked forty times of 4.28 and 4.31 seconds at the school's pro day on Thursday.

For point of comparison, consider that UAB wide receiver J.J. Nelson ran the fastest 40 time at the combine with an identical 4.28. Hill added a vertical of 34 1/2-inches, a 9-8 broad jump, a short shuttle of 4.59 seconds, a three-cone drill of 7.25 seconds, and nine reps on the bench press. The 5-foot-10 3/8, 184-pounder has earned himself a second look from scouts, though, as Gil Brandt notes, he's probably still "a priority free agent."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 5:35 PM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton received a medical redshirt for the 2014 season and will return with one more year of eligibility in 2015.

On Oct. 1 it was announced Keeton would be held out for the remainder of the season after not looking like his old self once returning from a 2013 torn ACL and MCL. Who knows if Keeton will regain that same movement ability he once displayed, along with throwing skills, but we are excited to see one more season.
Feb 6 - 7:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein said Utah State DE B.J. Larsen a "high-effort, highly productive pass rusher."

Larsen (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) is participating in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase. Larsen posted nine sacks this past season, and had 17 during his career, along with 26.5 career TFL. "He is nimble for a guy his size, not surprising when you consider he was a member of his high school tennis team," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 4:01 PM

Utah State redshirt senior LB Zachary Vigil and his brother sophomore RB/LB Nick Vigil combined for 16 tackles in a 21-6 win over UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

Utah State held the Miners' to 99 rushing yards and 3.2 per-carry average. Zachary is the NFL prospect to keep an eye on. A former walk-on, Zach Vigil is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior who came into the game with 145 tackles. He is the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports and a fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports. Vigil will participate in the East-West Shrine Game.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 06:24:00 PM

Utah redshirt senior LB Zachary Vigil accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

A former walk-on, Vigil is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior who earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors and ranked fifth in the conference and 84th in the nation with 105 tackles (8.1 pg) last year. Vigil was recently named one of 10 semifinalists for The Burlsworth Trophy, given annual to the nation’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.
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