BYU coaches haven't yet decided on Cougars' 3rd-string quarterback
Matt Gade, Deseret News
PROVO — BYU quarterbacks coach Jason Beck admits to having the concern in the back of his head, but he feels the need to address it isn’t all that pressing heading into the 2014 season.
The concern surrounds BYU's situation at third-string quarterback in the potentially dire event that both starting quarterback Taysom Hill and established backup Christian Stewart go down with injury.
What’s left behind them is a trio of true freshmen (McCoy Hill, Hayden Griffitts and Hunter Moore) who have seen precious few reps during most of the Cougars' fall practice sessions.
So which of the three is most likely to fill in as the third quarterback should the need arise?
"It's still up in the air right now," Beck answered. "We'll keep working with them, and give them some reps as it comes up, but mainly focus on the two main guys and making sure they're ready to play."
Beck understands as well as anyone the need for depth at quarterback and has liked what he's seen from every quarterback in the program not named Hill or Stewart so far.
As for Griffitts, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound walk-on from Florida, Beck said: "He has a pretty good feel for the game. He's a smart kid — picks things up well and he's more of a pocket (passer)."
Regarding Moore, a 6-2, 190 walk-on from Southern California: "He's more of a runner. So he's the kind that will try and make plays with his feet and we haven't seen him in a contact situation, but he's a pretty good athlete when he has the ball in his hands."
McCoy Hill, a 6-6, 230 walk-on from South Jordan, has been injured for most of fall camp and hasn't been able to show much as a result. "McCoy Hill is a bit of the mix of the two: bigger guy who can throw the ball well, but pretty mobile for his size," said Beck.
KOROMA COMES ON STRONG: One of the more surprising developments of fall practices is true freshman Tejan Koroma rising to up to grab the starting center responsibilities. Both BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and offensive line coach Garett Tujague said definitively the former Texas all-state prep performer will start the first game versus Connecticut.
"He's earned it," Tujague said of Koroma. "It's not like it was given to him. He's a stud. He's a flat-out stud."
Meanwhile, Edward Fusi, the assumed starter at center at the start of fall camp, has moved over to guard. According to Tujague, the move has not been a welcome one for the 6-foot, 322-pound junior college transfer.
"He's angry," Tujague said. "He comes with some malice in his heart every day to practice. So we moved him to guard and he's taking it out on people. He gets off the ball a lot better at guard and it will be good for him."
OTHER TWO-DEEP DEVELOPMENTS: Mendenhall mentioned following Tuesday's practice that safeties Dallin Leavitt and Kai Nacua will likely play at safety opposite veteran starter Craig Bills. ... Returning punts will likely be either Stanford transfer Keanu Nelson or UTEP transfer Jordan Leslie.
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