LOGAN – In addition to the 38 – 7 loss against the Volunteers, the Aggies took another major hit Sunday with a season ending knee injury to junior linebacker Kyler Fackrell.
“The disappointment is tough for me as a head coach to know what that kid went through just to be where he’s at,” Head Coach Matt Wells said. “Extremely talented kid, but you know what he’s a great leader. He’s a great teammate. That stinks. It’s the brute nature of football.”
Fackrell, a 2014 All-America candidate, left the game in the first half, but came back in minutes later.
“He was in just a little bit of pain,” Wells said. “Not enough to keep him out. Structurally it was good and everything was OK from that standpoint to put him back in.”
A little while later that same half, Fackrell fell to the ground again without being hit. This time he left the game for good.
“It’s hard to see a guy, especially of his caliber, go through something like that,” sophomore linebacker Nick Vigil said. “A guy that could potentially go to the league after this year.”
Wells and Vigil both praised Torrey Green for stepping in after Fackrell’s injury and playing well.
“He had a few good pass rushes and he knew what he was doing the whole time,” Vigil said. “So it was good to see him get in there and know what he was doing and not get caught up in the moment.”
Fackrell’s injury wasn’t the first the USU linebacker crew has suffered this year. Redshirt freshman Alex Huerta had a season-ending shoulder surgery during fall camp.
“It’s good that LT Filiaga is here,” Wells said. “It’s good that Torrey’s played well. Anthony Williams will play a little more. Those guys are going to have to rally around. Those new guys are going to have to play well.”
Wells said that a medical redshirt for Fackrell is possible, but said it is still too early in the process to know whether it will happen.