There's a 99 percent chance BYU soon will be looking for a new backup quarterback. Sophomore Drew Miller, who completed the only pass he has thrown this season, has asked for and received a release from his committment to BYU from athletic director Rondo Felhberg.
Miller, however, plans to meet with head coach LaVell Edwards one more time before making his decision to leave the Cougars final. The Lakewood, Wash., native, who became the first true freshman quarterback ever to start for BYU when he led the Cougars against UTEP last season, declined comment when contacted by the Deseret News Tuesday morning. His father, Dave Miller, described the situation as being "very volatile" and said there's only a one-percent chance Drew will stay at BYU.Asked prior to Tuesday's Big 5 Huddle about Miller's apparent decision to leave the team, BYU coach LaVell Edwards said he had nothing to report.
"He might be (leaving)," Edwards said, explaining he had a meeting scheduled with the sophomore quarterback this afternoon.
After losing a battle with junior Kevin Feterik for the starting job in fall drills, Miller has seen limited action this season. He saw time in BYU's 26-6 win over Arizona State, but he never left the bench in losses to Alabama and Washington. The latter, said his father, was the final straw. It came with plenty of family and friends in attendance at Husky Stadium.
"That was a real slap in his face," Dave Miller said. "That hurt Drew and made him very angry."
Miller holds Washington state high school passing records for career yardage (9,003) and touchdowns (101). His father was his offensive coordinator at Lakes High. The Lancers run a passing game comparable to BYU's schemes. The fit seemed natural.
"It's pretty obvious he's been told many things and none have come true," Dave Miller said. "I think they're so worried about a quarterback controversy that they won't give Drew a chance."
The Millers are upset BYU coaches are sticking with Feterik, despite the fact the Cougars are 1-4 over his past five starts and have struggled throwing the ball this season. Feterik has completed 41 of 83 passes (49.4 percent) for 517 yards this season, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
"Drew's been very patient," said his father.
Miller didn't accompany the Cougars home after Saturday's 20-10 loss to Washington. He stayed with family until Sunday. Upon returning to Utah, Drew met with BYU offensive coordinator Norm Chow and was told the Cougars had no plans to change quarterbacks.
Dave Miller said that fact in itself shows a "low confidence" the staff has in his son. And Drew, simply put, isn't interested in backing up Feterik much longer.