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.