Commentary: Utah State football's way-too-early position-by-position breakdown

Published: Friday, Feb. 28 2014 7:32 p.m. MST

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Utah State can feel pretty good about its quality and depth at quarterback.

Star quarterback Chuckie Keeton had 1,388 yards passing, 241 yards rushing and 20 total touchdowns before his season ended abruptly against BYU. Subtracting what little he did against the Cougars, he was on pace for 3,813 yards passing, 627 yards rushing and 53 total touchdowns. Little wonder some thought that Utah State's season was over after Keeton was sidelined for the season with a knee injury.

But the Aggies were deeper at quarterback than many thought.

Then-freshman Darell Garretson did an admirable job of taking the Aggies to a division title with Keeton injured. While he wasn't perfect (his 43 yards passing and no touchdowns against Colorado State comes readily to mind), he still finished 2013 with 1,446 yards and 10 touchdowns. He'll probably return to his backup role once Keeton returns, but his time will come.

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