Junior Running back Armond Weh-Weh and sophomore linebacker Antwon Turnage each tore ACLs during the Auburn game.
Weh-Weh has surgery scheduled on Tuesday and Anderson said he should be ready for spring practice. Turnage will have surgery in a month because he has two tears, one of which heals itself and will make the surgery easier to perform. Turnage is likely out until preseason camp next August.
Anderson said he liked what he saw from Logan Moragne and Daryl Rollins-Davis in brief roles vs. Auburn. Junior Johnston White could be back Friday. He saw a few plays in the opener and did not play Saturday. He has a hamstring injury. The coach said redshirt freshman Jamal Jones will move into the picture now. Jones was working with the scout team.
Sophomore Warren Wand will get the bulk of the work. “He’s so versatile and he’s short but he is strong. He can carry it 25 to 30 times in a game, but you would not want to do that in every game.
The big defensive lineman got in for two plays vs. Auburn. He is slowed by a bad ankle. His status for Utah State was not covered but Anderson said Turnage and Weh-Weh were the only two out.
No defensive changes
Joe Cauthen said there would be no major changes on the depth chart
“We’ve got to do a better job as coaches and get everyone on the same page.
We have our tools and we need to get them sharp. They got dull. … I think we have the right tools. We just have to get ready to go to work.”
Cauthen said the Red Wolves have to work on “formation recognition, know your responsibility. Those are things we worked on last year.”
And tackling. “We did better, but we still had some missed tackles. Some times we took poor angles.”
Cauthen said: “They like to run the football. At quarterback, they play one guy, number 2, and we know we will see him. Their running back is hurt and may not play. They are still a tempo team but we should be able to handle that.
“When we played Auburn they were still trying to find out who they were. Utah State knows who they are. They want to run the football.
“With their passing game, they will roll him out, run the boot(leg) some and move the pocket to buy him time.”
Offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner said Chad Voytik is the quarterback and played better “once he settled down. I can see progress.”
There are still some plans to use Justice Hansen some and Anderson said the sophomore played better and was more relaxed than vs. Toledo.
Attack the edges
Faulkner said the game plan was to hit the perimeter because “their defensive line was so dominant. We won't see a line like that again.
The coach mentioned blocking on the perimeter was an issue at times.
The Red Wolves gained 326 yards against Auburn, 60 more than against Toledo.
“We looked like an offense at times,’’ said Anderson. “II thought the quarterback distributed the ball well and didn’t turn it over.”
Anderson did single out some players.
Justin Clifton, Griffin Riggs, Waylon Roberson, Blaise Taylor, Cam Echols-Luper, Chris Booker and Blake Mack.