Utah State head coach Matt Wells has suspended senior wide receiver Hunter Sharp, sophomore offensive lineman Tyshon Mosley and senior cornerback Bryant Hayes for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules. These three will be missing the first two games of the year against Southern Utah and Utah.
All three players saw significant time last year.
Missing the Southern Utah game is not a big deal but missing these three against the in-state Utes is a big deal. The Aggies are already thinner at wide receiver with JoJo Natson no longer on the team and then losing Sharp will put a strain on the receiving game.
Sharp was the leading receiver for Utah State last year by catching 66 passes for 939 yards and seven touchdowns and earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors.
Left guard Mosley started 11 games and saw action in 14 games last year, and started in 11 games as a redshirt freshman. Hayes played in 12 of the 14 games for Utah State and had 20 tackles but was impressive in getting to the backfield with six tackles for loss and four sacks.
All three players will still be able to practice during fall camp.
This is a big blow for Utah State who would have a decent chance to upset the Utes, but now losing another key offensive weapon against a very good Utah defense will be hard to over come.
Quarterback Chuckie Keeton wasn't himself last year after recovering from an ACL tear, so who knows who well he will be after just one game against Southern Utah before facing the Utes.
This does not have an impact on conference play, which is good for the Aggies, but if Utah State has a great year but falls to the Utes it would impact their chances at a New Year's Six bowl game.