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BYU’s Two Quarterback Debut

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Bronco Mendenhall has been receiving so much criticism for deciding to play two quarterbacks during their Saturday night season opener games. The game ended in a success. Riley Nelson, a Logan, Utah sophomore started the game as the coach had foreseen. He threw 2 touch downs and managed to make tough runs without letting go of the ball all throughout the night. And he played against a team that had Jake Locker, a Heisman trophy candidate. In the same time, Jake Heaps, his co-quarterback and teammate, played a great game the entire night against the Washington Huskies. Heaps graduated from Skyline High School last year. He played well with the ball on the field and that is just a glimpse of how good he is.

Several followers of BYU sports are not at ease with Mendenhall’s choice of using 2 men for the quarterback spot. Jim McMahon, former BYU great, was asked about his views on this issue while he was in Provo last Saturday for a special presentation during the game. He said having 2 players will not work for the QB position and he was speaking form experience. During his freshman year in BYU he had to share the QB duties with a co-player and both of them did not like the situation. He felt that it’s better to just have one QB and a back-up when needed.

At the far side of the court, the results are very positive and Mendenhall is very happy with his decision.

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