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Former BYU quarterback is transferring to another Utah school

Jacob Conover, a former four-star recruit, most recently played for Arizona State.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Quarterback Jacob Conover runs a play during a scrimmage, on day 1 of BYU football Fall Camp, on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.

Jacob Conover left the state of Utah back in December 2022 to pursue other quarterback opportunities after appearing sparingly for the BYU Cougars.

But after a year away, Conover is coming back to the Beehive State.

Conover, a former four-star recruit, announced this week that he has committed to play for the Utah State Aggies. He spent 2023 with Arizona State, where he appeared in only three games and tallied 130 passing yards.

Earlier this year, the Aggies added former Utah Ute Bryson Barnes. They also brought on Spencer Petras, who last played for Iowa.

Conover has relatively little experience compared to Barnes and Petras, so he will have to compete hard for the Aggies’ quarterback job. He spent several years as the backup to now-NFL QBs Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall, played in only five games and threw just 11 passes. He never recorded a start as a Cougar.

Quarterback McCae Hillstead left USU and committed to BYU last month, while last year’s starter to open the season, Cooper Legas, has transferred to Tulsa.