There have been rumors of it and calls for it since BYU Football’s lackluster performance against Utah State (and even before that), but it looks like it may be coming to fruition: True freshman QB Zach Wilson will likely get the start for the Cougars Saturday night.
“Freshman quarterback Zach Wilson will make his first college start on Saturday when BYU hosts Hawaii at LaVell Edwards Stadium,” said a tweet from the Salt Lake Tribune Thursday morning.
Freshman quarterback Zach Wilson will make his first college start on Saturday when BYU hosts Hawaii at LaVell Edwards Stadiumhttps://t.co/oXCORvWi18— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) October 11, 2018
While the only official word from BYU Offensive Coordinator Jeff Grimes is that an announcement for the QB position will not be made, Jay Drew’s article says that Wilson has taken the majority of reps in practice this week and cites ‘sources close to the program’ who say that Wilson has won the starting job over senior QB Tanner Mangum.
Wilson came in and led a drive for a TD during the Cougars’ last offensive series against Utah State. He was 3 of 4 passing on that drive, for 52 yards. He had 2 carries for 25 yards, making him BYU’s leading rusher on the night. Mangum was 27 for 45, for 270 yards, two TDs, and one interception.
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