BYU Coach LaVell Edwards says that in retrospect quarterback Sean Covey probably could have played in the second half against Wyoming last Thursday, but "there's no way I'd let that happen if I had any doubt."
Acting on the advice of doctors, Edwards benched Covey after he sustained a second-quarter concussion, which caused temporary, short-term memory loss. "The first consideration is his health and safety," said Edwards after the game.Doctors re-evaluated Covey's condition on Friday and gave him the OK to practice this week and to play in Thursday night's game against Texas.
"Everything seems to be fine," says Edwards. "The decision is that he's ready to play."
In the meantime, the status of another key BYU player is under question. Craig Patterson, a starting defensive end, broke a hand against Wyoming. "He could play with it, but we don't know if he'll be ready to play by Thursday," says Edwards. "The thing about a broken hand is that it really hurts a defensive player because he can't grab."
The Cougars, still reeling from their poor showing against Wyoming in the season-opener, practiced Saturday afternoon to begin preparation for the Longhorns.
"(The Wyoming game) was just one of those things," says Edwards. "I was totally surprised. It was the last thing in the world I expected. If ever I thought a team was ready, this was it. If anything, I guess they were too tight. We'll just go about our business as usual and tell them (the players) to put it out of their minds."