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BYU football: Backup quarterback Ammon Olsen transferring to SUU

Published: Sunday, July 5 2015 12:26 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Ammon Olsen (15) hands off to Brigham Young Cougars running back Adam Hine (28) during a game at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Ammon Olsen (15) hands off to Brigham Young Cougars running back Adam Hine (28) during a game at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU backup quarterback Ammon Olsen is transferring to the place where he started his college football career, BYU officials confirmed Tuesday.

Olsen, a junior-to-be who played sparingly last year as Taysom Hill’s backup, is heading back to Southern Utah University. Olsen quarterbacked for the Thunderbirds prior to his mission, completing 8 of 14 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns in six games as a freshman.

Earlier this week, SUU announced that former BYU coach Gary Crowton will be the school’s new offensive coordinator.

Olsen redshirted in 2013 at BYU after serving a mission. Last fall, he saw action in four games in a reserve role and completed one of three passes for four yards.

Because Olsen is transferring to an FCS program, he will not lose a year of eligibility and he can play next fall. The T-Birds are members of the Big Sky Conference.

BYU quarterback Ammon Olsen during BYU media day  Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Provo.  
 (Tom Smart, Deseret News) BYU quarterback Ammon Olsen during BYU media day Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Provo. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

With Olsen leaving, BYU’s likely backup for Hill will be either senior Christian Stewart or sophomore Billy Green.

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