Week two of the season includes a matchup between the Utes and Utah State, the first in-state battle for the Utes since 2013 when Utah swept both Utah State and BYU. While it appears the Utes will be without Dominique Hatfield, the Aggies will be without a whole lot more. Earlier this summer, Utah State dismissed JoJo Natson from the program. Natson was the Aggies big game kick returner, and a legit deep threat for Utah State.
Just a couple of days ago, USU suspended three more players for the first two games of the season, that included the September 11th matchup versus Utah. Utah will be taking on Utah States sans sophomore offensive lineman Tyshon Mosley, senior wide receiver Hunter Sharp and senior cornerback Bryant Hayes. All three players are contributors, but particularly Mosley and Sharp. Mosley started 11 games for the Aggies last season, and saw action in all 14, mostly at left guard. Sharp evolved into possibly the Aggies best all around wide receiver, and recorded 939 yards receiving on the season. He had most of his success across a four game stretch. Against Wake Forest he caught a season-high 12 passes for 138 yards, nine receptions for 130 yards at Arkansas State, five catches for a season-high 173 yards against BYU, and 12 receptions for 164 yards against Air Force. Hayes provide to be a solid pass rusher from the secondary with four sacks and and six tackles for loss.
So the Aggies are going to be down two big playmakers on the outside, an offensive lineman and a corner going into Rice-Eccles Stadium. It will be interesting to see how Matt Wells handles these losses and who Chucky Keaton will have to throw the ball down field to.