Jaren Hall went down late versus South Florida after hitting his head the field, but the freshman QB is back practicing. Coaches, however, were not ready to name him the starter just yet.
All three quarterbacks — Jaren Hall, Baylor Romney and Joe Critchlow — have taken snaps this week in practice, but Jaren Hall has not been 100% cleared. Hall said he continues to go through concussion protocol “day by day” and that there is no timeline for when he will be cleared for game action.
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Hall will start Saturday. Grimes was pressed on who will start Saturday and said “that’s all we’re willing to divulge” after saying all three QBs have taken reps. QB coach Aaron Roderick went on to say that Jaren “took the most reps” during Wednesday’s practice, but that they might not find out until kickoff whether or not Jaren is cleared to play.
For all we know, this could all be coach speak and coaches don’t want to tip their hand prior to the game. If Jaren is cleared to take the majority of the practice reps, there is a good chance he will start on Saturday.
If Jaren is unable to go, Baylor Romney will be the starter Saturday night versus Boise State. Romney filled in for Hall on the last two drives, finishing 6/10 for 73 passing yards and 3 rushing yards. Romney brings a similar skill set to Jaren in that he is a dual threat QB, meaning the offense changes less between him and Jaren than it does between Joe Critchlow and Jaren.
BYU-Boise State kick off at 8:15 MST on ESPN2.