Entering spring practice earlier this year, many an observer viewed Darell Garretson as the favorite to win the starting quarterback job at Oregon State. Exiting the spring, those views have been officially validated.
OSU released its post-spring depth chart Wednesday afternoon, with Garretson’s name sitting atop the quarterback position. While it’s not the be-all, end-all, Garretson put the finishing touches on the spring portion of the competition with a 21-32, 263-yard, three-touchdown, no-interception performance in the recent spring game.
Garretson had been in a competition with sophomore Marcus McMaryion and early-enrollee Mason Moran. McMaryion, who started the regular-season finale last season, is listed as the No. 2 quarterback and Moran No. 3.
The competition is expected to continue on into summer camp, although Garretson will, again, enter as the favorite to start the season opener against Minnesota Sept. 1.
Garretson transferred to OSU from Utah State in July of 2015. NCAA bylaws forced him to sit out all of last season.
After starting seven games as a freshman in 2013, Garretson played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury. It was announced in late March of last year that he was transferring out of USU.
Utah State tight end Chris Copier racked up quite the list of charges recently. He has been suspended by the program because of it.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Copier was charged for six counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, one count for distribution of or arranging to distribute a controlled substance and one more charge for a weapons offense. Copier now faces anywhere between one and 20 years in prison for the various charges, which range from second to third-degree felonies in Utah.
Copier was apparently caught selling drugs to an undercover task force. From the Salt Lake Tribune;
The Cache-Rich Drug Task Force made multiple controlled buys from Copier, Logan Police Capt. Tyson Budge said. On Friday afternoon, they stopped him in a vehicle and allegedly found a quarter-pound of marijuana and 46 ecstasy pills inside.
When police searched his home in northwest Logan, officers also found a handgun, about $1,600 in cash, and more drugs, including marijuana, mushrooms, and Xanex, Budge said. The Xanex was “all packaged up for sale,” Budge added.
Copier was arrested on Friday and he been released on $55,000 bond.
After more than three decades away from Logan, Mike Canales has returned to his college football home.
Utah State confirmed that Canales homecoming Tuesday, confirming in a press release that the veteran assistant has been hired to join Matt Wells‘ coaching staff with the Aggies. Canales will carry multiple titles at USU as he will serve as running backs and tight ends coach as well as hold the label of assistant head coach.
From 1981-83, Canales was a quarterback for the Aggies. He graduated from the university in 1984 before embarking on what’s been a 31-year coaching career.
“It’s with great pride that I welcome Mike back to the Utah State football family,” said Wells. “Mike has a wealth of experience as both a coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and I know our players and staff will benefit from his experiences and knowledge. Adding an alumni and another former Aggie football player onto our coaching staff is, obviously, an ideal scenario as we continue to strive for a Mountain West championship.”
“I have always kept a close eye on Utah State football, and this is the perfect time and a great opportunity for me and my family to come back to my roots,” said Canales. “Obviously, I bleed Aggie Blue as a former player and I’m excited about the future of USU football. I will do everything I can to continue the winning culture that has been established here.”
Canales spent the past six seasons as an assistant at North Texas as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In both 2010 and 2015, he served as interim head coach for the Mean Green. His first coaching job was as a graduate assistant at BYU in 1985-86.
In between, he’s been a collegiate assistant at USF (2007-09; 1996-2000), Arizona (2004-06), North Carolina State (2001-02), Pacific (1995) and Snow College ((1987-94). He was also the wide receivers coach for the New York Jets in 2003.
Departures had left Matt Wells with myriad openings on his Utah State coaching staff. Earlier this week, Wells filled one hole on the offensive side of the ball; a day later, he turned to the defensive side.
The university confirmed Wednesday that Julius Brown has been added by Wells as cornerbacks coach. Brown had spent the past two seasons as the secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Mountain West rival Boise State.
Brown, who played his college football with the Broncos, and his alma mater reportedly parted ways earlier this year. The Idaho Statesman reported at the time that “[i]t was unclear if Brown’s departure would be termed a resignation or a firing.”
Prior to his first tenure at BSU, Brown was a secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas State (2013) and cornerbacks coach at Troy (2012).
“We are excited to add Julius to the Aggie football family,” said Wells. “He brings a lot of experience to our staff and team as both a secondary coach and former defensive back, and also has a reputation as an outstanding recruiter. He possesses key knowledge of the Mountain West that will aid us moving forward in our quest to win a conference championship.”
With the hiring of Brown, Wells still has a need for running backs and tight ends coaches as well as special teams coordinator.
A couple of tweaks to coaches already in the building as well as an addition from outside the program has given Matt Wells‘ Utah State a different look heading toward spring, the school announced Tuesday.
Passing-game coordinator and wide receivers coach Jovon Bouknight has been promoted co-offensive coordinator of the Aggies. Bouknight, entering his eighth season at USU, will continue to coach receivers.
The other co-coordinator, Luke Wells, brother of the head coach, will continue to serve in that capacity, but will give up his job as tight ends coach. Instead, the co-OC will take over as quarterbacks coach from Josh Heupel, who left Logan last month to become the coordinator at Missouri.
“We are excited to announce Jovon and Luke as our co-offensive coordinators,” said Matt Wells in a statement. “They both have extensive experience in our offense and have been successful position coaches during their time at Utah State.
“As we move forward with our offense, I will be heavily involved in the game planning and will call the plays during games. We have time during spring ball to work through this and I am excited to work with Jovon and Luke in making our offense better.”
In addition to the shuffling on the offensive side, Wells made an addition on that side as Steve Farmer was introduced as USU’s line coach. The past six seasons, Farmer served as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Louisiana-Monroe.
“We are excited to announce the hiring of Steve Farmer as part of our coaching staff,” said the head coach. “Steve has an extensive background in playing and coaching the offensive line, as well as success as an offensive coordinator. He fits very well into our scheme and has had experience in spread offenses and coordinating the run game. We welcome Steve, his wife Amy, and their two children to the Aggie family.”