Bronco says both quarterbacks will play, Nelson will start
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Friday that he will utilize a "two-quarterback system" this season and that both junior Riley Nelson and freshman Jake Heaps will play. It is anticipated that Nelson will get the first snap on Sept. 4 against Washington, according to a school news release. "We plan on playing both Riley and Jake at quarterback and feel both will be effective leading our team," Mendenhall said in the release. "Each is a talented player with a different style, which will pose some difficulties for opposing defenses. Both players are committed to this decision and excited to lead our team." Said Nelson: "I know this will give us an opportunity to have a highly successful season, Jake and I both have the ability to lead our team and offer unique skills that will help us be successful as an offensive unit. I am excited about this opportunity and fully expect that we will carry on the great tradition and legacy of the quarterback position here at BYU." Heaps' comment: "I am 100 percent behind this decision. I feel the coaches have made the right decision for both Riley and I and this football team. Riley is a great player and I'm excited to have the opportunity to contribute. This isn't about me or him; it's about usit's about doing what we can to help our team."