USU QB Nelson transfering to BYU

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AP Photo, Eli Lucero LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Quarterback Riley Nelson, who as a freshman led Utah State to its only victory in 2006, is transferring to Brigham Young when he returns from a church mission in Spain.

Keith Nelson said his son decided to leave his hometown team for BYU, where he will enroll in time for spring practice next year and be eligible to play in 2009.

Utah State coach Brent Guy, who gave the starting job to Nelson midway through his freshman year, released a brief statement Tuesday, saying he was sorry to see him go and wished him luck.

Nelson went on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after his freshman year, making him eligible to be recruited again. He also doesn't lose any eligibility.

BYU cannot comment on recruits until they have officially signed.

Nelson is a Logan native who led Utah State to its only win of 2006 when he made his starting debut against Fresno State. He completed 55 percent of his passes and was 21-for-24 in one game.

Although he played in only eight games, Nelson still led the Aggies in total offense and was the No. 2 rusher with 290 yards.

Nelson still has three years of eligibility and can take a redshirt year.

When Nelson arrives in 2009, BYU starter Max Hall will be a senior, giving the newcomer time to adjust to the Cougars' offense.

------ Information from: The Herald Journal,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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