Kevin Feterik is still the man at BYU.
Despite a slow start against Murray State, which drew some jeers from the Cougar Stadium crowd, LaVell Edwards announced the junior will start Saturday's WAC opener at Fresno State."Kevin's the quarterback," Edwards said. "We'll decide as we go along at what point and time or how we're going to involve Drew (Miller)."
Miller, a sophomore, split time with Feterik in last week's 43-9 victory over the Division I-AA Racers. The duo each threw one touchdown pass and teamed for 313 yards on 20 of 32 passing.
After the game, Edwards announced that both would continue to see action when BYU opens conference play. Feterik, who has been battling migraine headaches, left the stadium without speaking to reporters following the announcement. He has started seven consecutive games for BYU, with No. 8 to come Saturday at Bulldog Stadium (KSL, Ch. 5 at 8 p.m.).
"Kevin's fine. I talked with him. He understands it," Edwards said.
"Nobody likes to be booed. He's not hung up about it. He'll go to work, prepare and get ready to play.
"I don't think it's anything he's overly concerned with," Edwards added. "When he went back into the game (in the third quarter against Murray State), those boos turned back into cheers. That's the nature of the beast."
And getting away from Provo, says senior wide receiver Aaron Roderick, may be just what Feterik needs to get BYU's struggling passing game back on track.
"Our team voted Kevin a captain and I think that says a lot about what our team thinks of Kevin and where he stands as our leader and quarterback," Roderick said. "He's been under a lot of pressure and criticism, and I think he just kind of broke down a little bit last week. Hopefully, a good road game will be just what he needs."
BYU's passing game currently ranks 55th in the nation and fifth in the WAC at 207.5 yards per game. Feterik, who is 49 of 96 for 658 yards with three touchdowns and an equal number of interceptions this season, is seventh in the WAC with a pass efficiency rating of 97.07.
"A lot's been said about how bad we are on offense and stuff, but the attitude's still good," Roderick said. "Everybody's getting along and there hasn't been any finger-pointing. I think we're going to get along just fine."