Ryan Agnew Injured, San Diego State To Start Redshirt Freshman QB Carson Baker
Baker will be making his first collegiate start vs. BYU.
Ryan Agnew is out with an injury.
Heading into the final game of the regular season, San Diego State will be making a change at quarterback and going with redshirt freshman Carson Baker over Ryan Agnew who has a nagging calf injury.
Head coach Rocky Long made the announcement during a Thursday morning practice.
“Agnew is a our third-string emergency quarterback in case there are (injuries) with the other two,” Long said Thanksgiving morning via the San Diego-Union Tribune. “The plan is not to play him in the game, even though he has been cleared. He’s just an emergency guy.
“He will be able to hand off and throw the ball, but he won’t be very mobile. We think we’re putting him in jeopardy of worsening the injury (if he plays).”
The pecking order will be Baker, Jordon Brookshire, a junior transfer, and then Agnew, if necessary. Long also mentioned that it is possible that Brookshire could see action against the Cougars this weekend.
This will be Baker’s first collegiate start and his first live-action football since 2017 when he was at Helix High School leading his team to a state finals appearance.
Long does mention, rightfully so, that if Agnew were out there he would give the Aztecs a much better chance to win this game against a surging BYU team.
The one bright side that Long notes that this will give him an opportunity to get live reps at these two quarterbacks for next year and give an insight into needing to recruit another quarterback.
In the here and now this is not good for San Diego State. The Aztecs are not known to be a prolific passing team and with running back Juwan Washington not entirely healthy with his ankle, the running attack that the Aztecs normally rely on for wins has been a liability for most of this year.
The one positive out of this is that Agnew will be healthy and ready to play in whatever bowl game that San Diego State gets invited to.