BYU football: 'What if Riley Nelson never came to BYU?'

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: The Cougars are smack-dab in the middle of a quarterback controversy now, with injured incumbent Riley Nelson giving way to freshman Taysom Hill during the last two games. But Nelson wasn't always set to be a Cougar; he originally played for his hometown Utah State Aggies in Logan. Blogger Brett Hein of Vanquish The Foe explores what life would be like for the Cougs (and Nelson) if he had stayed north:

Charismatic leader Riley Nelson has been in the middle of a quarterback controversy for a third-straight season at BYU. But his college career didn't start in Provo.

In 2006, the lion-maned Nelson was a true freshman at Utah State. The local boy — who put up big combined numbers with his arm and his feet at Logan High School — made his debut at Utah State in sixth game of that season. With his team at 0-5, he would throw 9-19 for 120 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions his first college start. He led the Aggies on a last-minutes touchdown drive to claim a 13-12 victory over Fresno State in what would be the Aggies' only win of the year.

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