Utah State dealt a significant blow

Utah State starting forward Brady Jardine, the team's top rebounder, could miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, coach Stew Morrill said Monday. Jardine has missed four games since suffering the injury Nov. 19 against Southern Utah.

Losing Jardine for an extended period of time would provide yet another obstacle for the perennial WAC champions to overcome. The senior was one of only four returning players and averaged 7.7 points and 7.7 rebounds after moving into the starting lineup this season. Without him, the Aggies have lost three of their last four games, losing to Texas A&M-CC before dropping consecutive games to Denver and Pacific.

"The injury is certainly worse than we thought, once it was retested and everything," Morrill told reporters. "He's out for an extended period and possibly the season."

"Brady was certainly a big blow, but we're not going to have him and that is just the way it is, we lost a good player. We are not going to have him at least for the foreseeable future, so how are we going to respond?"

To make things worse for the Aggies (3-4), another starting senior forward, Morgan Grim, might not be able to play against Utah Valley on Tuesday while dealing with a flu bug and sprained ankle. Grim is averaging 11.4 points and 6 rebounds. It's not exactly the kind of momentum Morrill was looking for after starting the season in promising fashion with a win against rival BYU.

"Throw our inexperienced guys into it and it is just the nature of it," Morrill said. "When you get your opportunity you've got to respond and when you are not very confident, it makes it harder. You've got to show what you are made of. Inexperience, that is why everybody talks about it so much, it's a tough thing to deal with and that is what we are dealing with right now."