Kalani Sitake shared a few injury updates with Greg Wrubell during his weekly Tuesday show “BYU Football with Kalani Sitake”.
Sitake specifically gave updates on QBs Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney as well as starting center James Empey. Hall has missed the last two games, Baylor missed the second half versus USU with an apparent concussion, and James Empey missed the Utah State game.
Kalani said that Jaren has progressed and that “we feel good with the progress Jaren has made”. Kalani likely won’t divulge specific details about Jaren’s status this week to ensure Boise State has to prepare for multiple QBs.
Kalani gave a bit more info on Baylor Romney, saying that “we’ll know for sure tomorrow (Wednesday) about Baylor”. Baylor is expected to continue the concussion protocol tomorrow, which should give more clarity if he has any shot to play Saturday. Chances are that he will be held out versus Boise State.
Empey has started 38 games during his BYU career at center, but missed his first game of the season versus Utah State. Kalani said that James practiced Tuesday and that he “looked good”. Practicing is an encouraging sign that he could play Saturday, but Connor Pay filled in nicely at USU and is more than capable to step in again if needed.
Out of the three, James Empey seems the most likely to play. If Hall and Romney are both unable to go at QB, freshman and former 4-star QB Jacob Conover will get his second career appearance and first career start. Conover played the second half versus USU and finished 5-9 for 45 yards.