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Shaan Johnson wants to do whatever he can to help out on the offensive side of the ball.

The redshirt freshman wide receiver from Cerritos, Calif., did just that during Utah State's scrimmage at Romney Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Johnson caught three passes for 104 yards - both scrimmage highs - and a touchdown.

"I just go out there and relax and just help the offense out," Johnson said. "It's all about one team as a whole and the offense being one."

Johnson still knows there is plenty of room for improvement in his game.

"I think I could've done a little bit better," he said. "I had a couple of catches, which was a positive for me. I'm just learning the offense and getting the hang of everything. It's just getting easier as time goes on."

The scrimmage, originally scheduled for last Friday, was moved to Monday due to inclement weather.

USU head coach Gary Andersen was pleased for the most part with what he saw.

"We stayed healthy from what I know to this point, which is a positive," Andersen said. "We were looking to get somewhere between 80 and 90 snaps. I believe we got 91 snaps, with 18 of those being with the threes. That wasn't quite anticipated to get that many with the third group, but I feel good about the number of reps we got.

"Execution-wise, if we just break it down ones on ones, our ability to stop the run on the defensive side of the ball appeared to be a huge positive. Our ability to not run the ball was a negative with the ones on ones. When one side plays well in spring, the other side doesn't play so well, so we'll need to take a long, hard look at that."

With junior running back Robert Turbin not participating in the scrimmage on Monday, Joey DeMartino led all rushers with 52 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while Robert Marshall added 25 yards on 11 attempts.

"It was a pretty good scrimmage today," safety Walter McClenton said. "The first defense came out today and did fairly good. We stopped the offense up until the last red zone at the 12-yard line, so as a one defense, we did pretty good.

"... As far as the overall defense, I felt like we had a great day today."

McClenton certainly did.

Not only did he have two tackles, but the senior from Arlington, Texas, had an interception at the 2-yard line that he returned 52 yards.

"I kind of just read the quarterback's eyes the whole way," McClenton said of picking off an Adam Kennedy pass. "I was kind of tired on the way to the end zone, but it's fine. I wouldn't have gotten caught in a game.

"Overall, it was a pretty good day today, so I'm just looking forward to these next practices."

Fellow safety McKade Brady, as well as linebacker Jake Doughty, had eight tackles apiece.

"The scrimmage went pretty well, I thought the effort was really good," Brady said. "There were some mental errors and things we need to clean up as a team, but overall, I thought it was a pretty good scrimmage for spring ball. There are a lot of things to clean up, though."

Brady and the rest of his defensive teammates seem to be adjusting to the Aggies' new defensive scheme.

"The first couple of weeks were definitely hard learning the new scheme and how to play it and things like that," Brady said. "Now, it's really comfortable and everyone knows their assignments. When people know their assignments, you play fast and it's a mental thing. As soon as you know what you're doing, you can run fast, play fast, and it makes the game a lot more fun."

Defensively, players like Bobby Wagner (linebacker), Kyle Gallagher (linebacker), Levi Koskan (defensive end) and Quinn Garner (defensive end) did not participate in the scrimmage.

"We held out some kids, which was definitely on purpose," Andersen said.

Kennedy, Alex Hart and Jeremy Higgins continue to battle it out for the starting quarterback position.

As of Monday, there are no clear-cut favorites.

"I don't know for sure how cloudy it is until I go back and watch this tape," Andersen said. "But right now, it's as cloudy as it was this morning, which was very cloudy. We'll sit back and watch that tape. I'll evaluate it hard tonight and we'll spend all day on it tomorrow until the kids get in here.

"Did I anticipate that? Yeah, it doesn't really surprise me. There's a lot of offense out there right now and there's a lot of defense, too, for spring football. And, you want that. You want to be able to teach in the fall and teach all summer by having the plays on tape. So, there's a lot to learn, but I'm sure there'll be some separation as we continue to progress and there may have been more separation today than I see."

Higgins was 5-of-8 for 120 yards on Monday and Hart was 8-of-12 for 99 yards and an interception (Chris Harris). Kennedy finished 7-of-11 for 77 yards.

"As a staff, it's really simple what we want," Andersen said. "We want a quarterback that can manage the game and put us in position to put the ball in the hands of his playmakers. The guy that can do that is probably going to be the guy.

"The other stuff is a bonus and I want to see more leadership from that spot and I think once you get a one and a two, then the leadership will begin to become easier for those young men. I'd like to see the leadership continue to grow in there and I know that (quarterbacks) coach (Matt) Wells and (offensive coordinator Dave) Baldwin would also. It's an interesting part of the whole process and we all know it's a very big part of the process."

Both place-kickers struggled on the afternoon as Nick Diaz was just 1-for-5 in the field goal department and Jaron Bentrude was 2-for-6.

However, Andersen wasn't blaming just the kickers for the poor performances.

"I'm disappointed with the snappers overall," Andersen said. "That was a disappointment. It's easy to point the finger at the kickers on the field goals, but there were probably four or five of those snaps that were not laid down the right away and put in position for the kicker to be able to make the kick. I'm not as panicked on the kickers; much more on the snapping right now."

Bentrude handled all of the punting duties and averaged 38.8 yards on six punts.

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