Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
San Diego State will likely be without starting quarterback for the rest of the season as he broke his ankle against Nevada.
While the San Diego St. Aztecs pulled off an upset win against the Fresno St. Bulldogs on Saturday night, they had a big loss as starting quarterback Ryan Katz fractured his ankle in the first quarter. Katz was injured when he tried to scramble and extend a play, but when he was sacked by Jeremiah Green and in the process the players rolled over and onto Katz's ankle.
He left the game on a cart, and did not return. The latest news is that the ankle is broken, and he it is highly unlikely that Katz will see the field again this year:
"We feel really bad about Ryan going out, and he is probably out for the rest of the season," Aztecs coach Rocky Long said.
"When I saw him go down, my heart went out for him," said backup quarterback Adam Dingwell, who replaced Katz. "He's had such a good season, he's been a great leader for us. I couldn't be more upset for him."
This is unfortunate for Katz and the recovery time can vary, but this is a serious injury and it would be about eight weeks before a bowl game. That time frame would be cutting it close to get back in the lineup.
However, there should not be a drop off in production as Dingwell was pushing Katz up until the end of fall camp before losing out on the starting job. Plus, Dingwell had a good game against Fresno State where he completed 14-of-23 for 177 yards and tossed three touchdown passes. Plus, he converted the game-winning two-point conversion as well.