Provo • All the smoky murkiness attributable to wildfires during the West that has enveloped the Wasatch Front the previous few days has not anything at the BYU quarterback derby.
Heading into Saturday’s scrimmage that will be closed to the media and most people, the race to be the starting quarterback for the Sept. 1 opener at Arizona is as clear because the air in Provo.
“It’s bad,” freshman quarterback Zach Wilson stated Friday after the Cougars practiced within once more. “You can barely see the ‘Y’ on the mountain.”
Everybody consents on that. As a ways as when they will announce a starter, let by myself who it will be, no person in point of fact is aware of.
BYU trainer Kalani Sitake hinted that some professional information may come Monday — possibly a paring down to 2 applicants — whilst quarterbacks trainer and passing recreation coordinator Aaron Roderick threw out the likelihood that coaches would possibly make a decision not to announce the rest at all and make everybody wait until the eight:45 p.m. MDT kickoff at Arizona Stadium.
“At the moment, not yet,” Sitake stated when he was once requested if the race has been whittled down. “We will have to scrimmage first [on Saturday]. Maybe on Monday. You guys may have to wait. … Ask me on Monday. You guys ask me every day, so it’s OK.”
Moments later, Roderick stated that 4 quarterbacks will get the danger to turn what they can do Saturday — senior Tanner Mangum, sophomore Joe Critchlow and novices Jaren Hall and Wilson — but possibly will no longer be “live,” that means they can’t be tackled.
“I don’t know if we will announce it at all,” Roderick stated. “Yeah, we haven’t decided on that yet. I mean, why announce it if there is no advantage to announcing it? I don’t know if we will or not. I am not sure. We are still working our way through that.”
“The message has been pretty consistent,” stated Critchlow, who began 3 video games remaining fall. “It has been: improve yourself as a player and get this offense down as well as you can. As far as a decision on the quarterback battle, I am sure it will come closer to the season opener. … The message is that no decision has been made and to keep battling on every single rep.”
Critchlow admitted that he had “some rough days in practice” prior to Monday’s group consultation, “but I have been getting my shot to prove myself and I think I will continue to get that moving forward.”
Whatever the case, all agree that Saturday’s scrimmage is very large for the quarterbacks.
“We still have an open mind about it,” Roderick stated. “I have seen a little bit of separation at times. Not enough that I am willing to say [who is leading], but tomorrow’s scrimmage is important, and if the trends continue then we will maybe start talking more openly about it next week, or maybe the end of next week.”
Told that Sitake stated he might have some information at the race on Monday, Roderick stated he may additionally see that going down.
“Again, tomorrow is a big day,” Roderick stated. “You gotta do it on the field. That’s the message I have been trying to send this whole time. You gotta earn it. I am not going to just announce something that hasn’t been earned.”
Neither Sitake nor Roderick presented main points on what the scrimmage would entail, and the quarterbacks themselves weren’t certain if they can be reside — as they regularly had been in spring camp — or safe through the golf green jerseys.
“The coaches are always doing something different,” Wilson stated. “Some days they might play four guys. Some days one particular guy might get a little bit more work to see how he reacts to certain things. We are getting closer to the season, so I am sure they have to make a decision soon.”
It simply might no longer be introduced quickly — if at all.