Although he said he didn't take any special satisfaction in it, Riley Jensen had to be smiling a little bit inside last year when BYU couldn't find a quarterback to pass the football. While the Cougars went through three quarterbacks and finally basically abandoned their passing game, Jensen quarterbacked the scout team at Utah State.
Just a few months earlier, Jensen had been at BYU competing side-by-side in spring workouts with Kevin Feterik and Paul Shoemaker and doing quite well. All throughout spring practice, Jensen and the other two staged a competitive three-man battle, according to media reports. In one late scrimmage Jensen completed 11-of-14 passes, while the other two went 8-for-18 and 10-for-17, respectively.However, after being told he could compete for the starting job in the fall and receive a scholarship, things didn't work out as Jensen had hoped and he transferred to Utah State during the summer.
The funny thing was, after he had transferred, Jensen received a telephone call from BYU quarterback coach Norm Chow, who asked, "How come you're not coming to summer workouts?"
"Uh, I don't think John L. (Smith) would like that," replied Jensen.
Jensen just shakes his head and laughs at that memory now.
"The right hand didn't even know what the left hand was doing," he said. "It was a circus for me down there, but I'm in the right place now."
Jensen's only regret is that he won't get to play against BYU this year and show the Cougars what they are missing.
ADD Y. TRANSFER: Another transfer from BYU is defensive back Greg White, who is battling for one of the starting USU cornerback jobs.
White played two years ago for the 14-1 Cougar team, which won the Cotton Bowl. He backed up Tim McTyer and Omarr Morgan but played in every game and recorded 17 tackles.
However, he found going to BYU "too strict" for his liking and transferred to Utah State last summer.
He played on the scout team all year, but he found it tough not being able to play in games.
"It was real frustrating after playing a season and coming off a good season like that," he said. "I'm real excited to make up for it this year."
ADD JENSEN: Jensen appears to be the the Aggie starting quarterback now that Brian Benza, last year's backup, is out for awhile after undergoing shoulder surgery last week.
Actually, many felt Jensen already had the job sewn up before Benza's surgery, even though he has just one year of eligibility left.
He has the best arm on the team and is known for his leadership and intelligence on the field. Plus there's the experience he gained as a junior college all-American at Snow College, where he led his team to a 10-1 record with more than 3,400 yards passing.
New Aggie coach Dave Arsla-nian doesn't like to name a starter until the last minute. But the other two quarterbacks, Logan Galli and Jeff Crosbie, are both redshirt freshmen with no experience.
"I'm confident in my abilities and I feel I've done enough to earn the starting job," said Jensen.
AG NOTES: Two players have quit the team during two-a-day workouts, offensive lineman Jeremy Hill and tight end Matt Schumann . . . Two JC transfers - offensive lineman Steve Canidate and receiver Linton Coleman - didn't make grades, although Canidate is expected to enroll in January and play next year . . . The starting time for the Colorado game on Sept. 19 has been set for 1 p.m. MDT.