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Cougar corner: Redskins high on former Y. quarterback John Beck

Published: Tuesday, May 3 2011 2:13 a.m. MDT

Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck talks to media after a workout at the NFL football team's training camp at Redskins Park, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in Ashburn, Va.

Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

While no BYU player was picked in last weekend's National Football League draft — the first time that's happened since 1994 — the Washington Redskins apparently have big plans for former Cougar quarterback John Beck.

The Washington Post reports that the Redskins passed up on available quarterbacks in the draft in large part because they are looking for Beck to assume a more significant role next season, perhaps as the starter. Beck was Washington's third-string QB last season. Beck was acquired in a trade with Baltimore last August. Rex Grossman is a free agent and Beck is the only quarterback on the roster assured to be with the Redskins in the fall.

“Let me say, when John Beck did come out [of college], I had him rated as the top quarterback coming out that year, and I didn’t even think it was close,” said head coach Mike Shanahan. “I had a lot of confidence in John Beck when he came out in 2007. I evaluate the quarterbacks every year, and I do have confidence in John Beck. He was by far my No. 1 guy. I think the world of him.”

Meanwhile, BYU left tackle Matt Reynolds is projected to be a first-round draft pick next April. See CBSSports.com's mock draft here.

Finally, here's a story from Boston.com on former Cougar basketball star Danny Ainge, and how he's helped resurrect the Boston Celtics franchise.

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