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BYU football: Backup QB Olsen transferring to SUU

Published January 21, 2014 4:04 pm

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Provo • The backup quarterback position at BYU is up for grabs again.

A BYU football spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that sophomore Ammon Olsen, who backed up starter Taysom Hill the entire 2013 season, is leaving the program.

Olsen is transferring to Southern Utah University, which is where the former Alta High quarterback began his college career. SUU football spokesperson Neil Gardner confirmed Tuesday that Olsen has already enrolled at SUU and will participate in spring football for the Thunderbirds.

Olsen transferred from SUU to BYU after an LDS Church mission to Mexico City in 2010-11.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder is transferring because he wants the opportunity to play more, and with Hill the unquestioned starter the next two years, barring injury, prospects for doing that at BYU appear slim for Olsen.

Olsen appeared in just four games last season and attempted just three passes. He completed one pass for 4 yards, against Idaho State, and carried the ball once for 4 yards.

He redshirted his first season in Provo, 2012, after returning from his church mission.

Coincidentally, the last quarterback to transfer from BYU to SUU, Brad Sorensen, had a standout career at the Cedar City school and is now in the NFL as a backup for the San Diego Chargers.

In his first stint at SUU, in 2009, Olsen played in six games as a freshman and completed 8 of 14 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Christian Stewart, a transfer from Snow College who played high school football at nearby Timpanogos High, was the third-string quarterback in 2013 and likely moves up to the backup role for his senior season. Another possible backup is Billy Green of Woodway, Wash., who will be a sophomore this upcoming season.

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