Huskies fans – you won’t have to wait long to see what you missed out on.
Freshman Jake Heaps – the former Skyline High star and News Tribune state player of the year who chose BYU over UW – will split time at quarterback with Riley Nelson when the Cougars play UW next week, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said on Friday.
According to the Associated Press, Mendenhall said Nelson and Heaps have different styles that will make it difficult for defenses to prepare to stop the Cougars.
Nelson backed up Max Hall last season and played in seven games.
Heaps was one of the top-rated quarterback recruits nationally. He enrolled early at BYU so he could participate in spring practice.
Nelson gives the Cougars a running threat they didn’t really have in Hall the last three years. As a freshman at Utah State in 2006, Nelson started eight games and completed 55 percent of his passes for 925 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 290 yards with the Aggies.
Heaps is more of a passer that Cougar fans hope can live up to some of his predecessors at BYU. He passed for 3,191 yards and 45 touchdowns last fall as a senior at Skyline, then enrolled early at BYU so he could take part in spring practice.
Heaps played well enough in the spring and during fall camp to at least share the job with the more experienced Nelson.
“Riley is a great player and I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute,” Heaps said. “This isn’t about me or him. It’s about us. It’s about doing what we can to help our team.”
The season opener is Sept. 4