Provo • BYU is replacing one former quarterback with another for its football radio broadcasts on the BYU Sports Network.
The school announced Tuesday that Riley Nelson will replace Marc Lyons, who retired at the end of the 2018 season after a 38-year career in the booth.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of game day again at BYU,” Nelson said in a school news release. “My days as a player for the Cougars were some of the most memorable times of my life, and I look forward to reconnecting with the program and the BYU fan base as we share more unforgettable days together on the radio.”
Nelson will team with play-by-play commentator Greg Wrubell, who is entering his 19th season after replacing the late Paul James. Former BYU receiver Mitchell Juergens will return for his second season as the sideline reporter and Jason Shepherd will host the network’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
Nelson started his college career at Utah State after a standout career at nearby Logan High, then transferred to BYU after serving a church mission to Spain.
He appeared in 31 games from 2009 to 2012 and accounted for more than 4,600 yards of total offense with 32 passing touchdowns and six rushing TDs. Nelson helped lead the Cougars to bowl appearances his junior and senior seasons in Provo.
Nelson, 30, lives in North Salt Lake and works in downtown Salt Lake City in health insurance consulting for corporate health plans. He recently participated in a boxing event for charity in a bout against former Utah kicker Andy Phillips.