Week two of BYU Spring Ball is in the books, with 6 of the allotted 15 spring practices completed.
BYU has thankfully avoided major injuries thus far (knock on wood), and the QB battle is in full swing, with true freshman Zach Wilson one of the standouts of spring.
Here are the week two highlights:
Zach Wilson has been turning heads, and is showing coaches that he is in the running to be BYU’s starting QB this year:
Sitake said that Zach Wilson "is a little further ahead" than other freshmen QBs. "He has had some really good coaches in high school and had some really good mentors. His dad has always been there to help him, too. He understands the system and he is able to compete."— Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 12, 2018
In the media viewing portion, Beau Hoge and Zach Wilson stood out at the quarterback position. Hoge threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Tariq Buchanan to end the scrimmage.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 15, 2018
QB Coach Aaron Roderick mentioned that Wilson looks likes he’s “been in the program for two years.”
Roderick also said he envisions a three-man race in fall camp to be BYU’s starting QB.
.@CoachRoderick (#BYU QBs Coach) on Tanner Mangum:— Spencer Linton (@Spencer_Linton) March 16, 2018
"I think he'll be one of the three [quarterbacks]. I think Tanner's done enough good things at #BYU... He deserves enough opportunities in the fall to show us that he can be our starting quarterback."#BYUSN pic.twitter.com/mzQpSmg2XN
BYU QB coach Aaron Roderick says he sees a 3-man QB race in spring ball to get to 2 spots + Tanner Mangum as a 3-man competition in fall camp for the starting spot.— Jarom Jordan (@jaromjordan) March 16, 2018
He also added he reserved the right to change his mind at any time. #BYUSN #BYUFootball
The three QB’s in spring competing for two spots are Beau Hoge, Zach Wilson and Joe Critchlow. With their mobility, Hoge and Wilson are likely the two guys who will seize those spots and compete with Tanner Mangum.
Speaking of Tanner, he has gotten a surprising amount of work an reps coming off his achilles surgery.
Quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick said it was his idea to let the QBs get hit and tackled today, at least the healthy QBs. Tanner Mangum continues to get more work than anyone expected, but was the one QB still off limits to contact.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 15, 2018
Junior QB Beau Hoge has impressed, and would likely be the starter if the season were to start tomorrow.
A few more scholarships have opened up, as multiple guys have left the program.
QB Kody Wilstead and OL John Vaka were confirmed earlier in the week. Other guys no longer with the program are DB Garrett England, DL Kainoa Fuiava (already transferred to Idaho State) and DL Solomone Wolfgramm.
Here’s a 5:45 minute interview with OC Jeff Grimes. The high standard has for this offense and accountability to which he holds players is apparent.
Kalani also spoke with the media on Thursday in this 4:46 interview. BYU’s quarterbacks were able to be tackled in Thursday’s practice, which Kalani addresses at the beginning.