BYU football: Cougar senior quarterback Jason Munns lets others play on senior day
Tom Smart, Deseret News
PROVO — Senior day is always bittersweet.
BYU’s seniors played in their final game at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday, which resulted in a dominating 59-13 victory over Idaho State.
One senior, quarterback Jason Munns, who only took a handful of snaps in his career, told the offensive coaches this week that the other QBs should play instead of him to get experience for the future. So Munns didn’t take the field in his final home game.
Backups Ammon Olsen, Christian Stewart and freshman Billy Green all saw action.
“That’s just who he is,” coach Bronco Mendenhall said of Munns. “He’s a remarkable young man and leader. Those kinds of experiences teach me a lot."
Meanwhile, senior tight end Richard Wilson caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Taysom Hill in the second quarter — Wilson’s first catch of the season, and the second TD of his career.
“That was a lot of fun to get him a touchdown in his last home game,” Hill said. “I’m happy for him and he deserved it.”
“It’s always good when a close friend like him gets into the end zone after he put in so much hard work over his career,” wide receiver Cody Hoffman said of Wilson. “I’d rather him score a touchdown than me. I’m really happy for him. He deserves it.”
SENIOR CLASS HONORED: BYU honored 22 seniors who played their final game at LaVell Edwards Stadium — Tyler Beck, JD Falslev, Kaneakua Friel, Spencer Hadley, Mike Hague, Hoffman, Adam Hogan, Austin Holt, Austen Jorgensen, Scott LeFrandt, Eathyn Manumaleuna, Marcus Mathews, Blake Morgan, Munns, Kevin O’Mary, Skyler Ridley, Daniel Sorensen, Justin Sorensen, Uani Unga, Manaaki Vaitai, Kyle Van Noy and Wilson.
The 22 seniors received their senior blankets after the Cougars’ victory.
“I’ll miss them,” sophomore running back Jamaal Williams said. “Last year I cried at the (football) banquet and I just got (to BYU). I cried like a little baby. I said I wasn’t going to cry. The season isn’t over, so I’m not sentimental now. But by the end of the season, I’m going to be bawling my eyes out because I’m a team player and I love everyone on this team.”
NOTES: The 59 points BYU scored were the most since a 59-21 win over UNLV in 2009. Six different Cougars scored touchdowns Saturday, including five different players in the second quarter. Since 1977, BYU had never had five players score a touchdown in the same quarter. The Cougars have not been shut out in 122 consecutive games, dating back to 2003. Hoffman recorded his first punt return of his career Saturday, a 23-yard return. He finished with five returns for 49 yards.
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