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Big Play Magnet, Ike Larsen Leads Utah State Secondary

Logan, Utah- Early in the game, Utah State runners-up had lost several starters but came through with great success, picking up three interceptions en route to a 41-34 away win over Hawaii.

Graduate and senior safety Hunter Reynolds continues to have a penchant for showing up when a big play is required, but it was another Aggie safety that made Saturday night’s most memorable play.

After Utah State held on to a two-point lead late on, redshirt freshman Ike Larsen stepped in front of a Brayden Schrager pass, putting it 36 ​​yards home.

“It’s just a game plan deal,” Larsen said of his game-winning interception. “We’ve been reading about receiver splits all week, and when the time came I saw it and jumped the route.”

It was the game’s second interception and fourth of the season for Larsen.

Not content with a touchdown, Larsen picked up his second sack of the season on the Rainbow Warriors’ next drive.

“He’s getting better every week,” said head coach Blake Anderson. “He’s just playing better every week and tends to stay calm at the most critical times in the moment. It was an uncomfortably close game and the six-pick came at a tremendous time. Just a critical game.”

Early in the game, Larsen used his speed in space to track down USU’s first day’s sales.

According to Anderson, Larsen’s future looks bright: “He has a phenomenal career ahead of him. Nice that he wears our colors. I can’t wait to see him progress, grow and develop.”

About Ike Larsen

Larsen stormed onstage for the Aggies when he picked up a sack from Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young and blocked a punt in a blowout loss at Utah State in Alabama.

Those games, along with interceptions in each of USU’s first two games, showed that Larsen was ready for college football big, having spent his first season with the Aggies as a redshirt.

Before dressing Aggie Blue, Larsen played his prep football in the shadow of Utah State’s Maverik Stadium, just a few miles away in neighboring Smithfield, UT, at Sky View High School.

Larsen won two 4A state championships with the Bobcats while presenting himself in all facets of the game.

As a senior, Larsen was named the first All-State team by MaxPreps.com and the Deseret News. The defenseman contributed 55 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a wide receiver/gadget player, Larsen caught 24 passes for 565 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried the ball 19 times for 197 yards and four points.

Next

Utah State (5-5, 4-2) return home where they host the San Jose State Spartans (6-3, 4-2) at Maverik Stadium. Kick-off for this game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. (MDT).

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