To say Utah State has had bad luck this season, is a bit of an understatement. 5 players lost due to injury, 3 more leaving the program due to personal reasons. But the domino that started the chain reaction that has lead the Aggies to this point, was the loss of Brady Jardine last season.
3 games into the 2011-12 season, Jardine tore ligaments in his foot, ending his season. He planned on returning to the team, but when his foot didn't progress, Jardine had career ending surgery in February of 2012.
2 months after that, back up point guard E.J. Farris announced he would be leaving the program.
With Jardine gone, JC transfer Sean Harris was expected to step in immediately for the Aggies; however, he was ruled out with a knee injury before the season even started.
Freshman Riley Bradshaw was brought in to compete for the Point Guard position, but he transferred to Montana after 1 exhibition game.
December was the darkest month for this Utah State team, when Danny Berger suffered his near fatal injury in practice; immediately ending his season.
Later that month, freshman forward Quincy Bair, who committed with his high school teammate Marcel Davis, also left the program for personal reasons.
With the start of the new year, things didn't improve for the Aggies. During a road game at New Mexico State, both Preston Medlin and Kyisean Reed went down. Medlin fractured his wrist, essentially ending his season. While Kyisean Reed tore his ACL, ending the senior's season and career at Utah State.
Coach Stew Morrill joked at his press conference last Tuesday, the 5 injured players could be his starting 5. "If you decided to play Preston at the 1, Danny at the 2, Kyisean at the 3, Brady and Sean Harris at the post; that would've been a pretty good team."