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Utah State loses starting lineman to season-ending injury

Kyle Whimpey

Utah State’s win last Friday night came at a very steep price for the Aggies.

Head coach Matt Wells announced Monday that starting guard Kyle Whimpey suffered a torn patellar tendon in the win over San Jose State and will not play again this season.  The senior will undergo surgery this week to repair the damage.

Wells said the injury is devastating for not only the player but for the team as well.

“That’s a hard deal,” Wells said according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Kyle. You hate that for any kid: senior year, and for that to happen going into this week, it stings for him. It’s real life, it’s real emotions for us. We’re not going to hide it. It’s part of the game, we all know that, we all understand that, we all accept that. It’s the reality of it that stings.”

Whimpey, whose twin brother is USU’s starting left tackle, had started the past 18 games at right guard for the Aggies.  He’s expected to be replaced by Sini Tauauve’a.

(Photo credit: Utah State athletics)

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