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August 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

BYU says both quarterbacks — Heaps and Nelson — will play

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall resolved the biggest issue surrounding his team heading into its opener eight days from now against UW, announcing that both contenders for the starting QB job will see action this season.
The school sent out this release this morning reporting that Jake Heaps, a freshman from Skyline High and Riley Nelson, a junior — will each play this season.
The release says that Nelson is expected to take the first snap against UW but that Heaps will see action later in the game.
This is not unexpected as Nelson has experience, appearing in seven games last year and starting eight at Utah State in 2006, while Heaps was regarded as maybe the top QB prospect in the country a year ago at Skyline. Heaps enrolled at BYU in time for spring ball to get further preparation to play.
Without even asking, I know what the reaction of UW coach Steve Sarkisian is likely to be to this news — that it’s the system and not the QBs themselves that the Huskies are preparing for in practice. So I don’t think this changes anything in terms of UW’s approach, especially since this was pretty much what everyone thought would happen, anyway.
BYU has never started a true freshmen at QB in a season opener, and only one true freshmen has ever started a game at QB for the Cougars at any point in a season — Drew Miller in 1997, the year after Sarkisian graduated. Drew Miller is the son of Lakes coach Dave Miller.

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