If things aren’t going great and it’s the quarterback’s problem, then Kody will get an opportunity. —BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer
PROVO — While freshman Joe Critchlow is BYU’s starter as the Cougars enter the final two games, his backup, freshman Kody Wilstead, is waiting in the wings.
Wilstead hasn’t played this season but he’s ready to burn his redshirt if needed.
“Kody’s ready to go. He’s champing at the bit. He wants to get his shot, too,” said offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. “He’s got a live arm. There’s a big upside there as well. We’re getting him ready, if called upon. If things aren’t going great and it’s the quarterback’s problem, then Kody will get an opportunity.”
Meanwhile, BYU’s other healthy backup quarterback, Koy Detmer, Jr., is playing a different role, helping out the two freshmen, Critchlow and Wilstead.
“He’s done a great job of staying involved and staying a team guy and helping wherever he can,” said Ty Detmer, who is Koy’s uncle. “Whether that’s on the sideline in a game or in practice running the scout team or being another voice for me on the sideline. He’s just that type of person. He’s a team guy all the way. The players love him and respect him for that. He’s gained a lot of respect with the way he’s handled everything and stuck with it.”
Ty Detmer said Koy enjoys helping his teammates and that he “is going to be a really good football coach.”
Coach Kalani Sitake also had high praise for Koy Detmer, Jr.
“Koy’s probably one of the most unselfish people I’ve ever been around. He’s all about the team,” he said. “It’s a huge compliment to his family. Talking to guys who played with his dad say his dad was the same way. He’s smart. He gets the game of football. He understands it. He’ll be a coach someday if he wants to do that. I think he’ll be excellent at it. It’s natural for him. For a guy that’s been raised around football, it makes sense. I love the fact that he’s willing to help out and put the headsets on. We feel comfortable with him being involved with the team. He’ll do whatever it takes. He’ll play on the scout team or any position to help us out. We have a lot of guys that are like him. We’re grateful he’s on this team.”
THE SENIORS: BYU will honor 18 seniors during the final home game Saturday against UMass — Tanner Balderree, Corey Edwards, Kamel Greene, Matt Hadley, Micah Hannemann, Grant Jones, Tuni Kanuch, Tejan Koroma, Hiva Lee, Jonny Linehan, Va’a Niumatalolo, Keyan Norman, Creed Richardson, Cody Stewart, Handsome Tanielu, Kesni Tausinga, Jonah Trinnaman and Fred Warner.
SWEET NOVEMBER: BYU is 32-7 in the month of November since 2007 and 18-0 at home. The Cougars’ last home loss in November was a 41-34 overtime setback against Utah in 2005.