BYU coach LaVell Edwards used just four words to make public knowledge of the worst-kept secret on campus.
"We're going with Kevin," he said in announcing his starting quarterback for the Sept. 5 season opener at Alabama.Junior Kevin Feterik will be backed-up by sophomore Drew Miller and freshman Brandon Doman.
"It feels good," Feterik said after Saturday's scrimmage at Cougar Stadium. "But I can't put my guard down or anything. I've got to keep battling and competing just like no one was really named the starter."
Feterik, who started seven games last season and threw 11 touchdown passes, entered camp as a co-No. 1 with Miller. His chief competition, however, did not play in the scrimmage because of a sore hamstring. Edwards said Miller reaggravated an old injury but could have played if necessary.
In his absence, Doman saw considerable time against the second team defense. He responded with two touchdown passes and a 39-yard run. Bingham High product Charlie Peterson and true freshman Kevin Gilbride also saw action at quarterback.
PUNCHING BAG: With teammates like this, who needs enemies? Doman was punched repeatedly by angry BYU defenders after a play late in the scrimmage. The fighters took offense to Doman's knee-level tackle on linebacker Justin Ena, who was returning an interception. A meelee ensued with several players getting involved before coaches restored order.
The violent attack, which took place directly in front of reporters and at least one alarmed BYU official, escalated quickly.
A remorseful Doman insists he meant no harm and planned to clear the air with Ena.
"As he was going to run me over, I dropped to his legs. He had surgery on his knee and I didn't even think about it," Doman said. "Now as I look back I can see why they got so mad. I just covered my head up and I think I got hit by about seven different guys.
"It's over," he added. "Hopefully it fired the team up a little bit and we can move on from there."
BUMPS AND BRUISES: Head trainer George Curtis and his staff were kept busy throughout Saturday's scrimmage. Ice bags were plentiful, though major injuries were not.
Strong safety Chris Ellison, a projected starter, suffered the most serious injury when he dislocated his right shoulder. It was popped back into place and it's hoped he'll return to the line-up in time to play in the season opener.
Tailback Ronney Jenkins and wide receiver Margin Hooks were among a handful of others who suffered injuries. None are expected to keep players out when practice resumes Monday. Jenkins aggrevated an old hamstring injury and was removed from the scrimmage for precautionary reasons, while Hooks bruised his right calf muscle.
EXTRA POINTS: Feterik, defensive lineman Byron Frisch, linebacker Brad Martin and offensive tackle John Tait will be BYU's team captains this season . . . A crew from ESPN was on hand to do preparatory work for the Alabama game. The cable network is broadcasting the Sept. 5 contest in Tuscaloosa . . . Former offensive lineman Eric Bateman, who opted to give up his final year of eligibility last January to pursue a pro career, was among the several hundred spectators in attendance. He was recently released by the New York Jets, who selected the 6-foot-7, 325-pounder in the fifth round of the NFL draft.