Who would have thought the future of Brent Guy’s coaching tenure would have been so impacted by a quarterback with only six career passing attempts?
When Jase McCormick, formerly of Northridge High, decided to quit football to focus on other interests — such as graduating in another semester — Utah State’s quarterback depth chart was tipped upside down. In the process, Guy will have even less experience to rely on as he tries to earn a fifth year with the Aggies.
Six wins in three years is enough to put any coach on the hot seat. Guy knows this.
That’s why he and offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey have said they intend to open up the offense a little bit. Even if the Aggies have virtually no experience at the position — the trio of quarterbacks in camp have a combined one pass attempt in a Division I game — whoever gets the starting position will be asked to spark an offense that ranked near the bottom of all FBS schools in points scored and yards gained.
That’s right, it’s time for the Aggies to stop the talk about rebuilding and show they’ve actually built something.
With a modest-by-most-definitions two-game winning streak, the Aggies hope to push it to three when they open the season at UNLV.
A win in Sin City might very well mean Guy has things pointed in the right direction. A loss could send USU into another tailspin.
A win would give the Ags a decent chance at opening the season 2-3 (equally desperate for wins Idaho visits Logan on Sept. 20) before the WAC season opens at San Jose State. Some confidence might go a long way in helping what is an experienced –although not terribly successful — football team turn the ship around.
If USU were to open the year with another long losing streak, Guy might not be around to see it end.
That’s why the arm of either senior Sean Setzer or true freshman Exavier Johnson is so key to Guy’s future. Both players have decent credentials, neither has any experience.
If talent and potential win out, so might Guy.