PROVO — BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, seen around campus with a sling on his throwing shoulder the past two weeks, has joined other teammates in recovery rehab from postseason surgery, according to BYU football spokesman Brett Pyne.
Wilson is expected to enter spring football practice in a few weeks with a similar role as Tanner Mangum had a year ago — he will participate, be on the field, be in meetings and be part of the huddles before snaps, but will not throw the football, said Pyne.
While no timeline has been announced as to when Wilson will be able to throw, a source familiar with the Wilson case said it could be late spring, May or June, but at that time he will be throwing the ball harder and with more velocity than he did in setting a BYU bowl record for accuracy in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in December when he completed a perfect 18 of 18 of his passes.
Wilson’s shoulder surgery corrected a condition he had back in high school. He played this season despite the limitations of that injury, which is impressive considering he had a pass efficiency rating of 157.2, ranked among the best by a BYU freshman or veteran ever for a season. Wilson completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 1,578 yards playing with an injury, said the source. “That is impressive,” he said.
Following the 2017 football season, Mangum underwent Achilles tendon surgery, but was at every BYU spring practice in 2018 doing what he could.
“Zach will have a similar experience this spring,” said Pyne.
Wilson’s perfect passing performance against Western Michigan in the bowl game at Albertsons Stadium led BYU to a 49-18 win over the Broncos. In the regular-season finale, he completed 20 of 29 passes for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns with a 143.9 efficiency rating in a loss at Utah.17 comments on this story
In the meantime, redshirt freshman quarterback Jaren Hall is expected to be fully involved in every BYU football spring practice, although he has been working out with the baseball team.
Hall knows how important it is to be engaged in the quarterback position in spring since Wilson is rehabbing his shoulder from the operation, according to his father.
“Jaren is an exceptionally gifted baseball player,” said his father, Kalin Hall. “But he is a football player first and foremost and he will not be missing any spring football. His major involvement in baseball will be after spring football is over, that is when he will give it more of his time.”