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Cougar Tracks: On starting QB, Mendenhall says "we're going to hold out as long as we can"

Cougar Tracks: On starting QB, Mendenhall says "we're going to hold out as long as we can"

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With BYU's home game against Hawaii set for Friday night, head coach Bronco Mendenhall reiterated on Tuesday that he is still not ready to name the game's starting quarterback. "If he's (Riley) not looking really good tomorrow or somewhat good tomorrow, then we could make a decision then; but we're going to hold out as long as we can." Mendenhall said.

As far as Tuesday's practice was concerned, Mendenhall said Nelson was "limited and not ready yet." Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill once again received the majority of the reps. If Hill gets the starting nod on Friday, it will be his first ever collegiate start. "I'm extremely excited if that does happen," Hill said. "It would be a great experience. I love college football and to be able to come in, in this environment, in our stadium at home against Hawaii would be a great experience. "

Senior James Lark seems to be the odd man out at the quarterback position. After starting the year as Nelson's backup, Lark was replaced by Hill as the team's #2 QB. Riley is very good friends with Lark, and said circumstances have been tough. "He's handled the situation with complete and utter class, which I wouldn't expect any less of him. It's not been easy and there's been a lot of decisions made that he has no control over, but he realizes that and still comes out here and puts his heart and soul; he's invested as much, if not more into this program as any player that's come through here."


You can hear post-practice interview sessions with Mendenhall, Nelson, Hill and LB Kyle Van Noy, in "Cougar Cuts," above left.

BYU's Friday game against Hawaii can be heard on KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) beginning with the Cougar Countdown Show at 4:00pm. Kick-off is at 6:00pm


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