Utah State is in quite a predicament with Chuckie Keeton out for the season. Keeton went down in the BYU game Friday night after landing awkwardly on his left leg. Head coach Matt Wells has said that Keeton tore both his MCL and ACL. Some have said Chuckie Keeton may have been a possible Heisman finalist when the year came to an end, but now that’s the last thing on anyone’s mind in Logan, Utah. Craig Harrison now takes over the reigns at quarterback for the Aggies. In his limited playing time, Harrison has thrown for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. A far cry from the numbers Keeton was putting up, but hey, that’s what you get when it comes to the backup. With all this bad news, there is a fair amount of good news that people may be overlooking. (Well kind of anyway)
As of now Utah State sits at the top of the Mountain division within the Mountain West. The Mountain side of the conference is fairly weak compared the West side. Harrison can lead the Aggies to wins. He has the skill set to do it. In the BYU game, there were more than enough opportunities for the Aggies to strike a blow against BYU. The backup quarterback doesn’t take many first-string reps, but once Harrison creates timing with the starting receivers he should do just fine. It looks as the Aggies will have two more tests before the year is over. Unfortunately, the Aggies will face their toughest opponent next week when the Boise State Broncos visit. The Broncos are 17th in the nation in scoring averaging 42.2 points a game. The Aggies defense will truly have to step up and keep that score low. They will need solid play from Kyler Fackrell, Nick Vigil and his brother Zack. This will allow Harrison to play within himself and manage the game rather than having to play from behind.
After the Aggies faceoff against the Broncos, they play weaker teams in New Mexico, Hawaii, UNLV and Colorado State. Then finally ending the season at home against a Wyoming team that as of now sits in the second spot on the Mountain side of the conference. It’s a challenging road ahead for the Aggies, but not one they can’t overcome. The rest of the Aggies season may fall on Harrison’s shoulders, but I feel that it’s a load he can handle. He may even surprise some people along the way.