Blake Anderson Still Undecided On Utah State Starting QB Heading Into Opener

Aug 30, 2021, 3:23 PM
Andrew Peasley vs. New Mexico...
Utah State Aggies quarterback Andrew Peasley (6) sets to pass against the New Mexico Lobos defense during an NCAA football game at Maverik Stadium in Logan on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Yukai Peng, Deseret News)
(Yukai Peng, Deseret News)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head coach Blake Anderson is still unsure of who the starting quarterback will be for the Aggies in their season opener.

Blake Anderson will make his Utah State debut on Saturday, September 4 against Washington State. The Aggies released a depth chart on Monday with Logan Bonner and Andrew Peasley listed as the starter.

Anderson held his first regular season press conference as head coach of the Aggies on Monday and was asked about the QB situation.

“Well, I can say, I’m not gonna say how about that? We’re still in a quarterback competition,” Anderson said. “We’re trying to be as fair and transparent and deliberate as we can be. We’ve had great conversations with both young men. They’ve both done phenomenal jobs. “Try not to hold the injury against Logan, he didn’t mean to break a bone in his foot. He didn’t want to miss the reps that he did. We’re just trying to give him every opportunity to really, number one be healthy, which he is, but also catch up on the reps that he missed. At the same time we’re trying to be just as fair with with Peasley, who had a phenomenal spring, maybe as good as summer as we’ve had, as a player, not just quarterback, just player that I’ve been around and just how he worked and the time he spent and just the improvements that he made. So I mean, they were really in a really good space. The fact that we got two guys that can both lead our team, effectively, we just want to make sure we make the right choice as to who that’s going to be in the long term.”

Anderson didn’t rule out playing both Peasley and Bonner on Saturday.

“There’s a chance that we name a guy before Saturday, there’s a very real chance that both play,” Anderson added. “We let live football kind of dictate where we head from there. I feel like this is bigger than one game. So we want to make sure we got the right guy leading the program for the future, for the rest of the season and so not gonna rush it. That could be a game time decision. More it could be a result of how these guys handle live action on game day. So we’ll just have to play it one day at a time.”

Peasley and Bonner both played during the 2020 season. Bonner was one of the starters for Anderson at Arkansas State while Peasley started the rest of the season after Jason Shelley was dismissed from the program in the middle of the 2020 season.

Utah State will travel to Washington State on Saturday, September 4. The game will kickoff at 9 p.m. MDT and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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