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Utah State safety gets second chance against BYU

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Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:10

USU safety McKade Brady

UTAH STATE SAFETY MCKADE BRADY kneels in the end zone at Cougar Stadium during one of the few defensive plays before he was ejected from the game against BYU. Brady ran one season on the BYU track team before transferring to Utah State. Statesman file photo

In one moment, it was all gone.


The years of preparation, the hype, the expectation to play against his former school and friends-turned-opponents were all taken away as a yellow flag hit the grass and a referee made the call.


Almost exactly a year ago on Sept. 30, 2011, then-junior safety McKade Brady was ejected from the Utah State vs. BYU game. Brady wasn’t allowed to finish the first quarter before the referee flagged him for a personal foul and helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver.


“I don’t feel like I deserved to be ejected,” Brady said. “It was really frustrating, I had a lot of friends there, going to school there I obviously knew a lot of people there. I had like 50 text messages after the game so people were just mad about me getting kicked out and wanting to see me play.”


Brady, who helped the Sky View High School football team win the 4A state tournament and was named Region 5 Defensive Player of the Year, originally attended BYU his freshman year. The Cove, Utah native competed in the track and field program, helping the Cougar 4x400-meter relay team set a school-record time of 3 minutes, 6.6 seconds at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2009.


Brady said he has since seen picture evidence to prove he led with his shoulder pads and should have been allowed to play, but won’t let anyone believe this year’s game is anything more than any other rivalry matchup.


“With a rivalry game like BYU I don’t think that it really matters what happened last year,” Brady said.


Even if Brady himself won’t say he’s looking for revenge or redemption, others will say it for him.


Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu said Brady has been looking forward to the game for the last year.


“He always tells me, ‘Man, it’s payback from last year,’” Filimoeatu said. “They kicked him out for free, basically. I’ve seen the hit, clearly he hit him right in the shoulder right into the chest. It was just a letdown to see that happen and for the refs to call that.”

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