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BYU football: Backup QB Ammon Olsen having impressive camp

Published August 20, 2013 6:13 pm

But Cougars' offensive coordinator Anae says Taysom Hill remains entrenched as starter.
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Provo • There were some interesting and sometimes unpleasant exchanges between reporters and new BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae last spring, including Anae's references to "your goofy columns" and "your little papers" and his penchant for asking interviewers the "purpose" of certain questions.

Five months later, Anae has been positive, pleasant and accommodating throughout preseason camp. But one particular question he fielded Monday regarding the possibility of Ammon Olsen overtaking Taysom Hill as BYU's starting quarterback caused him to get a little bit short.

"Let me reiterate," Anae said with an impatient tone. "Taysom is our starter, and Ammon is our number two quarterback."

The question came after Anae answered a question about whether there was a "narrowing" between the two in fall camp, because Olsen has moved the team as well as Hill in several practice segments viewed by the media.

"They are both really capable," Anae had answered. "Taysom is our starter and Ammon is our backup right now. They are going one and two. Both are doing a really good job with the offense. I am pleased with both of them."

Hill struggled in Monday's practice-ending 11-on-11 "Team" session, going 1 for 4 and throwing an interception to receiver-turned-defensive back Michael Davis, a freshman who may have known the play was coming because he's familiar with the offensive cards used to signal in plays.

Olsen did a little better, but was plagued by bad snaps from the backup center.

"I am just trying to play my best," Olsen said, when asked if he's a threat to Hill. "Whatever the coaches decide, that is their decision. Taysom is playing well. I think we are both playing well, and I think the coaches are happy with that, knowing that two guys are going to be ready to play."

Olsen called the knee injury he suffered in the spring game "a minor thing" that looked bad, but really wasn't.

"No ligament problems. Just a bruise, so nothing at all, really," he said.

The Alta High product, who transferred to BYU from SUU after a church mission to Mexico City, said he and Hill are good friends who want the best for the team.

"We are good buds," he said. "We push each other, but we know that it is the same team. There is no reason to have hatred. … Whoever the best guy for the team is, they are going to play. We just want success for the team."

Wilson finally ready

Richard Wilson, a senior tight end and H-back from Spanish Fork, says he's finally ready to be a consistent contributor after an injury-riddled career so far. A catastrophic knee injury suffered midway through his sophomore season (2011) limited Wilson to just seven catches for 102 yards in 2012.

Wilson's knee tested at only 78 percent in spring camp, and he was told if it wasn't at 90 percent, he wouldn't be cleared for fall camp. —

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