"My first thought was oh dang, that doesn't look good," Fitzgerald said about Scott's injury. "I felt terrible for K-Scott. I knew I had to go in and I was going to be playing a lot."
Fitzgerald had to play more than ever. In his first four seasons at Utah, Fitzgerald had a grand total of four catches for 61 yards. Against Utah State, he had five catches for 79 yards and four first downs, all coming in the second half when the Utes made their comeback.
"It felt really good to win that game," Fitzgerald said. "It felt awesome that I could help my team and contribute to that win. It was an amazing feeling."
Fitzgerald and Anthony Denham both had big games, and will team up with Dres Anderson to keep Utah's passing game at a high level.
"We're counting on both of those guys to step up their games," head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "They were really big for us in last week's game."
A sure-handed receiver, Fitzgerald has always been a good practice player, but has never really been given the chance to shine in games. Now, he'll get that chance. As a 5th year senior, he should be able to fit right in.
"I feel comfortable going out against different defenses," Fitzgerald said. "I have to be more prepared to play more and make sure I'm in good enough shape for this no-huddle offense. When the ball comes my way, I'm just ready to attack it."