Team preview: Utah State

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Two weeks before Christmas, Brent Guy was hired as the 25th head football coach for the Utah State Aggies. Only the transaction wire took notice.

Sure, the good folks in the frigid community of Logan, Utah, know this is the right guy for the job, the kind of promising young coach popping up at programs all over.

But the nation paid much more attention to Dick Tomey landing the headmaster position at San Jose State, and New Mexico State taking a chance on the banished Hal Mumme, rather than an unknown named Guy. And that's where it gets interesting.

Guy is no stranger to quality football. He was the defensive coordinator the last four years for Arizona State. He helped revive the program that had slipped a notch since the glory days of Jake Plummer with an aggressive defensive approach.

Utah State fans knew him first as their linebackers coach in 1992-94. And while he loved the Cache Valley located about an hour's drive north of Salt Lake City, he and his family struck out on a decade-long odyssey to Oklahoma State, Boise State and Arizona State to learn the ways of defense.

And defense is one thing folks in these parts haven't seen since Utah State beat Ball State at the Las Vegas Bowl in 1993. Guy was part of that success and thinks his five-year contract is long enough to get the job done.