Can senior quarterback Kent Myers lead Utah State back to a bowl game?
The Aggies do have some depth at quarterback. Can they have the same success they’ve had before?
Utah State Quarterback Position Preview
Coming off a disappointing 3-9 campaign last season, which was filled with bad breaks and major injuries, the Utah State Aggies look to get back on track and be competitive in the Mountain Division once again. To do that, we need to look no further than the quarterback position. The Aggies have had success in the past at this position, and the hope is that they can tap into that previous success.
Barring something dramatic, the Aggies will look to senior quarterback Kent Myers, who started all 12 games for Utah State last season. He completed 58 percent of his passes while throwing for 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Myers provided some offense with his feet as well, scoring six touchdowns on the ground and had seven runs of 20 or more yards last season.
Myers is a quarterback who can both run and pass, something we’ve known for a while now. The big question is not if he’ll continue to be successful, but whether that success can lead the Aggies back to a bowl game, which they missed out on last season. He may be the likely starter, but there are other quarterbacks on the depth chart that can provide offense as well.
Aggie fans will also have to keep an eye on Damion Hobbs, also a senior. Hobbs possesses the same skill set that Myers does, which provides a big plus for this offense.
Having two quarterbacks who can run the ball can put a little bit of pressure on opposing defenses. Hobbs, a transfer from Oregon in 2013, played in 10 of 12 games last season in which he averaged 4.6 yards per carry and scored six touchdowns, three of which came against Wyoming on November 5.
The big question will be who will take over the helm once Myers and Hobbs leave. This season, we might see a few more appearances from junior DJ Nelson and sophomore Jordan Love. Nelson has served the last two seasons and Love redshirted last season but the coaching staff has been high on both guys.
Coming out of high school, Love was touted as having an ability to become a true dual-threat quarterback, a trait we’ve seen with current and previous quarterbacks. If true, we may get to see a little bit of that ability this season.
Overall, the Aggies have a good situation at quarterback. The only thing they have to do now is to not get injured.