LOGAN — Three Utah State football players suffered mild injuries Sunday morning when the car in which they were riding rolled south of Las Vegas.
Freshman defensive back Eddie Gilmore, junior kicker Jared Jakubiak and freshman defensive back Antonio Taylor were driving home from California when, according to Utah State coach Mick Dennehy, Gilmore fell asleep at the wheel around 7 a.m.
Gilmore and Jakubiak were riding in the front seat and were wearing their seatbelts, while Taylor was in the back seat asleep, without his seat beat.
When the car rolled, Taylor was ejected from the vehicle and suffered minor injuries.
Gilmore and Jakubiak are back in Logan, while Taylor is still in California and questionable for Saturday's Sun Belt Conference game at Middle Tennessee.
"The are all OK, but obviously, Antonio is very, very sore," Dennehy said. "I would guess that it would be a stretch for Antonio to play this week."
Dennehy delivered the news to the team Sunday.
"It was pretty shocking," Utah State linebacker Matt Wiser said. "Our team's pretty tight so when you hear somebody of your family got hurt or in an accident, it scared us. When we hear they were mostly OK, it was better."
Gilmore, who was injured in fall practice, hasn't seen any playing time in the Aggies' first seven games.
Jakubiak, a junior college transfer who was originally going to redshirt, booted a 34-yard field goal against North Texas in his only attempt of the season.
Filling in for safety Terrance Washington, who underwent season-ending knee surgery early this month, Taylor has started three games (but has played in all seven) for the Aggies and is tied for the team lead with 47 tackles. He also has a sack and two interceptions.
His loss will be felt in the already-thin secondary.
"He is starting to play very well, not only at strong safety, but was really becoming a big factor in our special teams as well," Dennehy said.
Joe Lindsay, who has started five games, and Andre Bala, who has started four games, will be called upon to pick up the slack.
STREAK STOPPER? At Middle Tennessee, the Aggies will look to avoid a four-game losing streak. The last time the Aggies lost four straight was in 2001 when they lost their last five.
Last year, the Aggies beat the Blue Raiders 41-20 behind 301 passing yards from quarterback Travis Cox and 203 all-purpose yards from David Fiefia.
THE BUMPY ROAD: Utah State travels to the South for the third of five trips this year. The Aggies lost to Alabama, 48-17, in the season opener, and Clemson 35-6, two weeks ago.
The Aggies travel to La.-Monroe and Arkansas State the next two weeks before ending the season at home Nov. 20 with New Mexico State.
Utah State is 1-3 on the road this year and just 5-24 in five seasons under Dennehy.