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Nelson Hurt, Season Over; BYU Turns to Heaps

Nelson Hurt, Season Over; BYU Turns to Heaps

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Of the players injured in the Florida State game, QB Riley Nelson was not one of them listed by BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Monday. As it turns out, a Nelson shoulder injury is the most significant, ending his season and adding another chapter to BYU's quarterback story in 2010.


BYU released the news this afternoon, confirming the injury and the need for surgery that will put Nelson on the shelf for four to five months.

Nelson's injury appeared to occur on BYU's [******* Nelson's injury makes Jake Heaps the first freshman to start a game at QB since John Beck, who as a return missionary, non-redshirt freshman, got his first start in the fourth game of the 2003 season (replacing Matt Berry, who was out with a broken hand).

Beck started four games as a freshman in 2003, the second-most games started by a BYU freshman QB. Berry started the final six games of the 2002 season as a return missionary (Berry redshirted in 1999). Barring something unforeseen, Heaps will see more first-year playing time than any other freshman QB in BYU history.

The only true freshman to start a game for BYU in his first season out of high school was Drew Miller, who started the eighth game of the 1997 season (at UTEP), after splitting time with Paul Shoemaker in two games while Kevin Feterik recovered from an ankle injury. It was the only start of Miller's BYU career.

The only other freshman to start a game at QB for BYU was Ty Detmer, who as a redshirt rookie in 1988 started v. New Mexico.

*******]( offensive play of the game, as Nelson was sacked for a loss. He did come back in the game for one more series, during which he had a QB draw for nine yards, and threw three passes: two incompletions and an interception on his final play of the game.


Should Nelson choose to do so, he could petition for a medical hardship waiver to restore his junior eligibility, since the incapacitating season-ending injury occurred during the first four games of the season, within the >)

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