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BYU's Wilson, USU's Love named 2019 Players to Watch by TD Club of Columbus

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Jan. 2, 2019 at 10:15 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — BYU football fans are familiar with the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

The prestigious quarterback organization based in Ohio awarded its annual Freshman of the Year award to then-freshman Tanner Mangum three years ago, after the Cougar signal caller threw for 3,377 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015, including game-winner answered prayers against Nebraska and Boise State to open his career.

Get to know the club a little more this year — and Aggie fans, too.

BYU sophomore-to-be Zach Wilson and Utah State incoming junior Jordan Love were two of eight quarterbacks named to the prestigious Players to Watch list by the Touchdown Club of Columbus ahead of the 2019 season.

Wilson started the final seven games of his first season at BYU, completing 65 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a perfect 18-of-18 passing for 317 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-18 win over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Love completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns, leading the Aggies to a school-record 11 wins and a 52-13 rout of North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl.

Other quarterbacks on the club’s players to watch list include Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Army’s Kelvin Hopkins Jr., Houston’s D’Eriq King, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mood and Memphis’ Brady White.

Overall, the list includes 22 offensive and seven defensive players.

The group will be introduced during the 64th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards show Feb. 9, 2019, in downtown Columbus.

Sean Walker

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