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Riley Nelson, a Logan legend molded from Favero’s spread offense, is back on Grizzly grounds. He’s leading an offense headlined by youngest brother Chase, a carbon copy lefty who lowers his head with force when a linebacker stands in the way.
The former BYU and Utah State quarterback brought validity to Favero’s spread offense in the mid 2000s when he led Logan to the 2005 Class 3A crown. His numbers that senior season were astronomical: He accounted for 84 touchdowns and more than 4,000 yards passing. He was a Parade All-American.
10 years of Logan QBs
Year Quarterback Record
2013 Chase Nelson
2012 Luke Falk 8-3
2011 DJ Nelson 14-0*
2010 Luke Falk 8-3
2009 Tyler Stevens 3-7
2008 Jeff Manning 9-3
2007 Jeff Manning 12-2*
2006 Chaz Housley 7-5
2005 Riley Nelson 13-1*
2004 Riley Nelson 6-7
* — state champion
A list of state records held by Logan quarterbacks under Mike Favero’s spread offense:
Passing attempts in a game
No. 2 » Luke Falk, 70 vs. Box Elder, Oct. 12, 2012
No. 4 » Tyler Stevens, 66 vs. Judge Memorial, Sept. 30, 2009
No. 6 » Luke Falk, 61 vs. Sky View, Sept. 28, 2012
No. 7 » Luke Falk, 60 vs. Roy, Sept. 21, 2012
No. 9 » Luke Falk, 59 vs. Mountain Crest, Oct. 5, 2012
Passing attempts in season
No. 1 » 562 Luke Falk, Logan, 2012
No. 3 » 474 Tyler Stevens, Logan, 2009
No. 6 » 427 DJ Nelson, Logan, 2011
Passing completions in a game
No. 2 » 43 Tyler Stevens, Logan vs. Judge Memorial (2009)
No. 3 » Luke Falk, Logan vs Sky View (2012)
No. 4 » Riley Nelson, Logan vs. Bear River (2005)
Passing completions in a season
No. 1 » 330 Luke Falk, Logan, 2012
No. 4 » 277 Riley Nelson, Logan, 2005
Passing touchdowns in a season
T-1 » 53 Riley Nelson, Logan, 2005
No. 3 » 49 DJ Nelson, Logan, 2011
Passing yards in a season
No. 2 » 4,041 Riley Nelson, Logan, 2005
No. 7 » 3,618 Luke Falk, Logan, 2012
Total offense in a season
No. 1 » 5,842 Riley Nelson, Logan, 2005
No. 2 » 5,096 DJ Nelson, Logan, 2011
Touchdown responsible for in a career
T-1 » 130 Riley Nelson, Logan, 2003-2005
No. 3 » 103 DJ Nelson, Logan, 2009-2011
Source: Utah High School Activities Association record book
It was due to the 7 a.m. meetings to break down film three times a week for 40 minutes with Favero. Then there was more time after practice.
"That’s where the genius lies," Riley Nelson said. "He’s just a great motivator of kids and he knows the game extremely well. The foundation of his philosophy is to always be in the right call, whether it’s the quarterback or himself calling the play."
Following in the first footprints set by Bohm a few years earlier, Riley Nelson’s inconceivable statistics paved the way for several Division I quarterbacks to emerge from the program.
Jeff Manning won the 2007 crown and now is a quarterback at Utah State.
DJ Nelson, currently serving an LDS mission in Puerto Rico, will quarterback at Utah State upon his return. He won a state title in 2011.
Falk, after originally committing to Cornell, had a shot to go to Pullman, Wash., to learn and play under Leach, and he took it.
The success bred in Logan’s specialty offense is more than just wins in high school or state rings on a hand. It’s meticulous and it’s time consuming. Even after they’ve moved on, former quarterback see the originality of it all.
"Honestly, some teams just switch to the spread, but they don’t run it properly," Falk said. "Logan does. That’s what Favero does at Logan every single year."
That seamless wheel of guys in the shotgun continues to turn. Even Pee Wee players in Grizzly territory grow up learning concepts of what it means to oversee the spread concepts.
But Favero doesn’t require it.
"It’s really hard to get a third-grader to gun snap and go through all that," he said.
Odds are someone, somewhere is working on it, waiting for his shot.
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