If Brent Guy's goal is to keep Kyle Whittingham and the Utah defense guessing, the Utah State coach is doing a fine job.
Just a few days away from meeting the school's oldest rival, Utah State is brewing up a quarterback controversy: Will the Aggies go with the drop-back pocket passer named Sean Setzer or officially turn the team over to the speedy, energetic and unpredictable sophomore in Diondre Borel?
Setzer has started the first two games, but Borel has finished both of them. Guy said he's not going to announce a starter until the first offensive series of the game.
"People will buy a ticket and come see their starters. That's going to be our marketing scheme for this week," Guy said Monday at his weekly press conference in Logan. "We will announce the starter as soon as we get the football. So you better get a ticket and come see."
Borel has been the more productive quarterback in USU's two losses. He's had a little more success moving the team downfield but has also been asked to do so against the opponents' second-team defensive units. The former receiver leads the team in rushing and passing. On 26 carries, Borel has 101 yards. He has also completed 24-of-40 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Setzer, a senior, has been asked to set the tone early but has had little success in directing drives into the end zone.
Completing 17-of-28 pass attempts, Setzer has just 184 yards and no touchdowns.
At Oregon last week, Setzer was pulled after a few drives and may have lost Guy's vote of confidence despite not making any big mistakes or committing any turnovers against the Ducks.
"Well, Sean came in and was 7-of-10. The two critical things that happened to him were when he took two sacks when he could have completed one or thrown the other one away," Guy said.
"Sean just wasn't as effective moving the team as Diondre was, and that's really the only critical grade you give him is that when Diondre was in there the ball moved and scored and when you were in there you moved it some but never scored."
Borel is a running quarterback the kind Guy has favored in his previous three years with the Aggies. But the youngster's scrambling ability has, at times, taken the Aggies away from their other offensive game plans and options.
"Diondre didn't have a lot of mental mistakes. Both of them had a few but not a critical error," Guy said. "Diondre didn't put the ball on the ground or throw an interception. He's improving as well is Sean. They are both completing 60 percent of their passes and only have one interception."Whatever the case, Utah State will keep its decision a secret until the Utes kick the ball to them.
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