We’ve heard from several actors in the Danny Berger story, none more important than Utah State Athletics Trainer Mike Williams. Mike had a chance to sit down with KSL’s Tom Kirkland for a segment on Sports Beat Sunday. Mike walks us through exactly what happened with Danny, and shows us the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that saved Danny’s life. Check it out below.
As you all know, on Tuesday while participating in practice before traveling down for the in-state clash with BYU, Utah State’s Danny Berger suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed. Berger, who showed no breathing, pulse, or other vital signs was immediately attended to by team trainer Mike Williams. CPR was administered but was not successful in restoring a pulse. Within the first two minutes, Mike Williams used an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to shock Danny and help him regain a pulse and begin breathing again. Had that device not been available, Danny would most certainly not be with us today.
Thanks to AGGIEFIGHT on USUFans.com I learned today that this device was donated to Utah State University by NBA player Ryan Gomes. Before Gomes made it to the NBA, he had an AAU teammate who passed away after collapsing in a pre game warmup session simply because an AED was not available to save him. Gomes teamed up with a charity known as Hoops for Heart Health with a goal of donating AED’s to schools and Rec centers around the country.
In a special message from Ryan Gomes at the Hoops for Heart Health website, Ryan says:
“I started Hoops For Heart Health to bring together the basketball community in order to raise awareness to the growing problem of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in student athletes,” said Gomes. “If we can save just one life, it makes all of our efforts worthwhile.”
Ryan, your efforts are definitely worthwhile. Danny is now alive and well. On behalf of USUStats.com and Aggie Nation, we thank you and Mike Williams for being heroes. Ryan provided the means, and Mike was there to administer the care that brought Danny back to life giving him a second chance. Thank God for them both.
Check out the latest Chuckie Keeton interview from December 2, 2012 on Channel 2, Talkin’ Sports with David James. Chuckie Keeton talks about the 10-2 season, WAC Championship, Gary Andersen staying at Utah State, and second straight trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Chuckie Keeton talks about the 10-2 season, WAC Championship, Gary Andersen staying at Utah State, and second straight trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Talkin’ Sports with David James.
It’s still early in the season and some of these numbers will likely dip as the season progresses, but it’s still fun to see where our current players stand in the Aggie Record Books. Here’s a breakdown through the first three games of the season:
Danny Berger has been extremely efficient thus far and has taken care of the ball claiming an 8-to-1 Assist-To-Turnover Ratio, placing him #1 all-time in the category. Some may think that this is a fluke this early in the season, but remember that Danny led the team last year in Assist-To-Turnover Ratio with a 2.09 A/TO ratio.
Spencer Butterfield has been deadly from downtown thus far, shooting over 57.1% from downtown. This is good enough to place him #1 all-time in Single Season 3pt FG%. Spencer also has a 2.0 A/TO Ratio placing him tied for 18th place with Justin Jones on the Single Season Assist-To-Turnover Ratio.
Preston Medlin keeps adding to his legacy. Preston ranks 9th in Career 3pt FG Made and Career 3pt FG Attempted and 6th in Career 3pt FG%. Preston is also 11th all-time in Career FT%. As far as Single Season records go, Medlin is currently shooting .417 from downtown, good enough for 19th on the Single Season 3pt FG% list. He is yet another Aggie on the current squad to appear on the Assist-To-Turnover list with a 2.50 ratio thus far good enough for #6 all-time.
Jarred Shaw is the first player in several decades to average double digit rebounds. He is currently 19th in Single Season Rebounds Per Game with 10.3 per game. Shaw is also 12th in Single Season FT% shooting over 85% thus far.
Aggie fans everywhere rejoice! Our good friend Matt “Fafner” Sonnenberg over at The Sagebrush Spot, and two other die hard Aggie fanatics, Jeff Browning and Josh McDonald have teamed up to put together the greatest Aggie-related podcast ever known to man: The Front Row Show.
I’ve listened to their first 5 episodes and enjoyed them thoroughly. I created a Front Row Show page on USUStats.com that will archive all of the episodes in MP3 format for your downloading and listening pleasure. You can also subscribe to their podcast on iTunes or visit them on Facebook and Twitter.
Check out the latest two episodes for a full preview of the upcoming basketball season, and an exclusive interview with the voice of the Aggies, Al Lewis. Go back further into the archives to hear game recaps from our first two basketball scrimmages and last two or three football games, including a guest appearance by Charlie Riddle, a current Bull Pen front row fan and whiteboard insult composer extraordinaire.
Give it a listen! You will be glad you did. I guarantee it.
Just a quick heads up to head to Lee’s Marketplace today to pick up a grocery bag or coupon card for a $10 ticket to today’s football game vs. Texas State at 1:00 p.m. mountain time at Romney Stadium. Lee’s is located at 555 E. 1400 N. in Logan, very close to the stadium. Come out and support your 7-2 Aggies on their quest remain unbeaten in conference play!
Make your Aggie weekend complete by staying on campus and heading to the Men’s Basketball exhibition contest against Simon Fraser at 7 p.m.
It’s finally here! Aggie Basketball GAMEDAY! Tonight at the Spectrum we will get to catch our first glimpse of the 2012-13 Utah State Aggie Basketball team. Tonight’s game will not only be our first exhibition game, but will also act as somewhat of a replacement for the Blue/White Scrimmage event (modified Midnight Madness) that Stew Morrill has held each year since he has been a coach at Utah State. This year’s event was canceled, but to make up for it, tickets for tonight’s game are only FIVE BUCKS (or as always, FREE for students with Student ID)! Talk about a deal! Utah State basketball posters (and likely fridge magnet schedules) will be available at the game. Players will also be available after the contest for signing autographs.
So shell out the five bucks (or get in free as a student), and get yourself and your family up to the Spectrum to kick off the 2012-13 season with a bang.
Save time by getting your tickets online from the Utah State Ticket Office Website, or get them at the gate.
Here are USUStats’s predicted starting five for tonight:
Watch for large contributions from Marcel Davis, Spencer Butterfield, Jordan Stone and Ben Clifford. I’m also curious to see how well Riley Bradshaw has been learning both the PG and SG slots so far this year. Coach Morrill must have some serious trust in the kid to thrust him into learning two spots in our complex offense. In years past Stew has said that he does not ask this of newcomers for fear of overwhelming them. I think Riley will be up to the challenge.
LET’S GO AGGIES!!!
Former Aggie great Jaycee Carroll, recently rated as one of the top three American players in the European Cups, dropped a team-high 26 points on CB Canaria in a thrilling come from behind victory today. Carroll contributed 6 three point shots and sever clutch buckets down the stretch to erase a 12 point deficit with less than 3 minutes remaining.
Check out the highlight video on the Official Real Madrid website and read the full game writeup. Use the Google Chrome Translate Feature if you aren’t fluent in Spanish.
Wow… 12 points down with three minutes remaining? Reminds me of the furious comeback that Jaycee contributed to against Boise State in 2007. Another one of Chaz Spicer‘s epic game winners.
After hearing that Bobby Wagner set a Seahawks record for most tackles in a single game by a rookie with 14 tackles against the New England Patriots (no other Seahawks rookie has ever had more than 10), I said to myself “I would sure love to see a highlight film of that”. Well, I decided to take matters into my own hands and went ahead and created one. If you prefer an HD experience, click the video title to go to youtube, change the settings to 720p and watch it full screen!
Bobby in a half shell…. TURTLE POWER!
The Big Blue Scholarship Fund is running a contest on their website right now to win “The Ultimate Aggie Football Game Day Experience”. It includes:
The experience includes the following items:
- 2 West-side single game tickets
- 2 sideline access passes
- Diamond level single game parking pass
- Commemorative Aggie Football, signed by Head Coach Gary Andersen
- Aggie Football T-Shirts
- Framed photo of fan and guest on the sideline
To enter, go to the following address:
They are asking you to answer the following questions:
- Who is your favorite current Aggie Football player? Why?
- What is your favorite all-time Aggie Football memory?
- What makes you an Aggie, and why should you win this contest?
A committee will read the stories and select a winner based on the best/most interesting story on Friday morning.
HAVE AT IT!!