BYU Head Coach Kalani Sitake addressed the media Monday morning in his weekly presser. With Tanner Mangum out for the season due to an achilles injury, speculation and questions about the QB situation for the rest of the season were the main topic.
Below are some of the highlights from the press conference.
When asked about the QB situation, Kalani said that there would be an “open competition” between Beau Hoge, Joe Critchlow, and Kody Wilstead to be BYU’s starter. Kalani mentioned Hoge and Critchlow initially, then threw in Wilstead’s name as a possibility. Taking his comments into context and the fact that Wilstead has yet to play this year in order to preserve his redshirt, Hoge and Critchlow seem like the two most likely options to start.
Hoge has been battling lingering injuries, and Kalani mentioned that he doesn’t know if Beau “has ever been back at full strength.” Hoge has reportedly suffered from concussions and ankle issues this season.
Kalani mentioned multiple times that one of the three aforementioned players will “be the first to receive snaps,” insinuating that the starter will have a short leash if he gets off to a slow start.
The 4-5 Rebels have won their last two games, which include BYU opponents Fresno State and Hawaii. UNLV is currently a 4-point favorite over BYU, and the Rebels rely heavily on their running game. Running Back Lexington Thomas is over 1,000 rushing yards on the year and has averaged 6.6 yards per carry.
The entire press conference can be viewed below: