Utah State’s starting loss could very well end up being an in-state rival’s gain.
Very late Saturday night, USU announced that three players — sophomore offensive lineman Tyshon Mosley, senior wide receiver Hunter Sharp and senior cornerback Bryant Hayes — have been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season. The only reason given was unspecified violations of team rules.
The suspensions will cover the season opener at home against FCS Southern Utah and the road opener against Utah. Not only that, but the suspensions will cover two likely starters and one potential one.
Sharp was the team’s leading receiver in 2014, topping the team in receptions (66), receiving yards (939) and receiving touchdowns (7). He started 12 of 14 games last season and earned All-MWC honors after coming to USU as a JUCO transfer.
In its release announcing the suspensions, the school wrote that “Sharp led the nation with his four touchdown receptions of at least 70 yards (81, 72, 75, 70) and is one of just two Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in the last five years to accomplish this feat along with USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012.”
While it won’t garner the headlines that Sharp’s suspension will, Mosley’s is at least as noteworthy. Last season, the then-redshirt freshman started 11 games for the Aggies at left guard, and is widely viewed as one of the best young linemen in the conference.
Not exactly an afterthought either, Hayes started three games in 2014. In 2015, Hayes was expected to at least challenge to be one of the Aggies’ starting corners.
Provided there’s recidivism involved, all three would be eligible to return from suspension for the Sept. 19 road game against Washington.