Darby Golden is a player many Aggie fans might have forgotten about because he was injured all season and didn’t play a snap.
But the senior from Long Beach was a solid defensive lineman with 16 career starts at USU, including 10 as a junior. His size (6-2, 254) would have been a huge help to the Aggies last year, but the injury prevented that.
When asked Wednesday if Golden would apply for and get a medical redshirt season and the resulting sixth year of eligibility, USU coach Gary Andersen had good and bad news.
“He will not get a medical redshirt. He is done,” Andersen said. “He graduated, got a 4.0 last semester and graduated. He got his degree and we are happy about that.
Golden had 26 tackles, two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles as a junior. His return would have been a bonus to the Aggies, but his academic standing is, after all, why football players — at least in theory — attend college.