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Jordan Love Doesn’t Point Fingers When WR’s Drop Passes

Quarterback Jordan Love #10 of the Utah State Aggies throws a pass during the first half of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl game against the New Mexico State Aggies at Arizona Stadium on December , 29017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

LOGAN, Utah – After a subpar performance as far as completion percentage for Utah State quarterback Jordan Love won’t point fingers after many of his passes were dropped.

The weather could have played a factor with the snow falling before kickoff.

Although, it’s unknown how many dropped passes the Aggies had in their 36-10 win over the Wolf Pack, Love completed 13 of his 31 pass attempts.

Despite all of the dropped passes, Love isn’t losing confidence in himself or his wide receivers.

“Jordan (Love) is never going to be one to point any fingers anywhere,” said Utah State head coach Gary Andersen at his weekly press conference. “That’s not in his DNA, which is part of what makes him so special. I don’t think he does that in his own mind, I don’t think he does it in any way, shape or form. It puts a little bit of a different spin on things, and you don’t want it to hurt your confidence.”

Andersen believes it is on the players around him that need to step up and make the big plays.

“We don’t want him to push in any way, shape or form, but his guys need to pick him up,” Andersen stated. “They need to make the great plays. You have to catch contested balls, and you have to be able to make the plays when you have layups. When we’re firing on all cylinders, we’re doing a good job, and guys are making plays. If we’re not doing it, then we need to look at ourselves and self-evaluate ourselves as coaches, self-evaluate ourselves as whatever position we’re playing.”

The offensive line was mentioned by Andersen as well and improving their ability to give Love more time to make plays through the air. Also, working on their weaknesses in practice.

“Offensive linemen need to give Jordan more time,” the USU coach said. “Let’s work on coaching that better, and being better as a guard, a center and a tackle. If we’re dropping some balls, let’s work on it as coaches and make sure that we’re practicing it the right way to give those kids the opportunity, and give Jordan the opportunity, to have practice feel as much like game time as it possibly can. As long as I’ve done this, I think the most important part of the whole thing is to self-evaluate the good, self-evaluate the average and self-evaluate the bad, and then be consistent and make sure as coaches we’re giving the kids the best opportunity to produce on game day, because they all want to produce on game day.”

Love threw for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception last Saturday and has 1,506 yards, 7 touchdowns and 9 interceptions to this point in the season. But, Andersen isn’t looking into the numbers when deciding how well Love is playing this season.

“I think Jordan has played very well,” Andersen said. “In our last game, he did some really special things with his feet that opened up the run game to allow those big runs to happen. You can watch the tape, and if you can evaluate football for what football is worth in the end and really dissect it and understand how some of those big runs hit, it’s because Jordan Love pulled the ball and got those edge defenders conflicted and they made some poor decisions. Jordan made some really good decisions on when to give it, and when to pull it and run.”

Utah State will look to build their passing game back up when they face Air Force on Saturday, who is eighth in the Mountain West Conference in most passing yards allowed per game at 231.6.

The Aggies and Falcons will kickoff at 8:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN 2.

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