Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Utah State Aggies season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 11-2 overall, 7-1 in Mountain West
Head Coach: Gary Andersen, 5th year (2009-2012), 26-24
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UTAH STATE OFFENSE
– A whole lot of parts are missing from the Mountain West’s top offense, but the basics are there to keep it all going. Can the passing game be as efficient and can the attack be as impressive under a new coaching staff? There won’t be a return to the offensive style under Gary Andersen’s first stint with the program, but the passing game won’t be quite as effective. It starts with …
– The offensive line has to reload immediately. Four of the five starters are done from the group that paved the way for over 200 rushing yards and was so good in pass protection.
– Even with Darwin Thompson leaving early, the ground game will be just fine with senior Gerold Bright returning after running for 888 yards and ten scores, and with a promising base of untested reserves ready to be in the rotation. But …
– Jordan Love is one of the nation’s best returning quarterbacks, with accuracy, quick-hitting passes, and the mastery of the O to always keep it moving. However, he loses his top five targets.
The 5-8, 180-pound Jordan Nathan is the team’s top returning target with 28 catches and three scores. He’s a quick playmaker who should be able to handle more work, but junior Savon Scarver and 6-5 senior Devin Heckstall have to be instant stars. Losing TE Dax Raymond doesn’t help, but junior Carson Terrell caught ten passes.