Dick Harmon: Nelson, Defense come up huge in blowout of warriors

Published: Sunday, Dec. 4 2011 1:31 a.m. MST

A release allows Heaps to openly be in contact with other schools and allows recruiters from those schools to contact him, recruit him, host him on recruiting trips and seal a deal.

The time issue here is interesting. BYU's fall semester ends in 14 days on Dec. 17. Many schools start the winter semester Jan. 4. That is 18 days for Heaps to get released, finish recruiting visits, make a decision and enroll in another Division I school where he'll have to redshirt but could get in spring practice to learn a new system.

Either way, whether he goes or stays, it is evident this is Riley Nelson's team.

For two seasons, Bronco Mendenhall has looked for some kind of leadership answer for the offense, either in the booth or on the field, since Max Hall left with Harvey Unga and Dennis Pitta.

While it is only a piece of the puzzle, Nelson is snugly wedged in where it absolutely counts.

Only an injury to this gritty battler from Logan can change things.

Saturday just added a layer to Nelson's legacy.

email: dharmon@desnews.com

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