First, the Cougars learned they’d be losing starting linebacker Spencer Hadley to a suspension for over a month. Later, Hadley admitted that “partying” was the reason for his suspension.
Then, the Cougars fell to the rival Utah Utes 20-13 on September 21. In the game, the Cougars lost starting running back Jamaal Williams to a concussion. After the game, word broke out that the Cougars’ leading receiver, senior Cody Hoffman, would be suspended for last Friday’s 37-10 victory over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
On Wednesday, Jay Drew of the Associated Press reported both players would be be back in action when the Cougars travel to Logan, Utah to take on the 3-2 Utah State Aggies.
This is big news, because despite losing a pair of close games to the Utes and the Southern Cal Trojans, the Aggies have a pretty good team led by junior quarterback Chuckie Keaton. Keaton has completed 132 of 186 passes for 1,362 yards with 17 touchdowns and just one interception. Keaton has also rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cougars will need arguably their two best weapons to keep pace with the Aggies.
Williams, the Cougars’ leading rusher, has gained 378 on 76 carries. Hoffman, who also missed the Cougars’ season-opening loss to the Virginia Cavaliers because a hamstring injury, has caught 10 passes for 171 yards.