BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said Monday he feels horrible about the knee injury that ended the season for Utah State's star quarterback Chuckie Keeton.
Southwick said he got to know Keeton during the Mountain West Conference media blowout in August and came away with respect and admiration for the Aggie junior. Keeton tore ligaments in his left knee in a 31-14 home loss against BYU on Friday night, dealing a serious midseason blow to an Aggies offense averaging more than 36 points per game.
"I just felt really bad for Chuckie," said Southwick, who watched the Utah State game and Keeton's injury on television. "He was just an outstanding guy, getting to know him. My heart goes out to him. It's unfortunate."
Yet Southwick, like the rest of his teammates, also understand no team is immune to devastating injuries.
A perfect example is the news coach Chris Petersen delivered Monday: Freshman running back Aaron Baltazar is out for the rest of the season after tearing an ACL in the 60-7 blowout win over Southern Miss on Sept. 28.
Before the injury, Baltazar was becoming the Broncos' go-to tailback. He started the game against Southern Miss after rushing for 92 yards and two touchdowns after replacing Jay Ajayi — who has struggled with ball security — against Fresno State. Baltazar is the team's second-leading rusher with 234 yards on 50 carries.
Ajayi reclaimed his place as the starting running back on the depth chart, but Petersen said he also expects sophomore Jack Fields and junior Derrick Thomas to share some of the carries when Boise State (3-2, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) resumes its annual matchup with a visit to Romney Stadium on Saturday.
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