Our Take: Between senior Riley Nelson's health and ineffective play and freshman Taysom Hill's youth and inexperience, the Cougars are still unsettled at the quarterback position as Friday's matchup with Hawaii draws near. Play-by-play announcer Greg Wrubell provides perspective on the current situation by reviewing BYU's history of playing young QBs:
For the longest time, the idea of a freshman starting at quarterback for BYU was just this side of unthinkable. LaVell Edwards took over as head coach in 1972, and it was 16 years until a greenhorn actually took the reins to start a game, and even then, in 1988, Ty Detmer had already benefited from a redshirt season.
The only first-year player to step under center in the Edwards era was Drew Miller, who as a true freshman straight out of high school, started exactly one game in 1997.
And that was it: in 29 seasons as head coach, LaVell Edwards started a non-redshirt freshman QB only once.
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