After a competition that started in Spring and lingered into Fall Camp, BYU OC Aaron Roderick announced Wednesday that Sophomore Jaren Hall will be the starting QB when BYU opens the season September 4 versus Arizona. Hall won the job over freshman Jacob Conover and fellow sophomore Baylor Romney.
QB1. pic.twitter.com/dAid9lzdof— BYU FOOTBALL (@BYUfootball) August 25, 2021
Hall was a member of Kalani Sitake’s first recruiting class in 2016 and joined the program in 2018 following his mission. He started two games in the 2019 season before it was cut short due to multiple concussions.
While on the field, Hall showed great arm talent and athleticism that set him apart from every other QB on the roster. Hall was 1-1 as a starter, and his first half performance versus Utah State in 2019 may have been the most impressive QB showing during that season. Hall finished the 2019 season with 420 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 0 interceptions, and 139 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. In first half versus USU before he suffered the concussion, Hall was 12/16 for 214 passing yards and added 54 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
Injuries are the big question mark with Jaren. He had two concussions and missed all of last season due to lingering injuries. When healthy though, he is a dynamic athlete that can make just about every throw on the field.
If you need some a reminder about how good Jaren can be, watch the below highlights from his first half performance versus Utah State.
BYU fans, do yourselves a favor and watch these Jaren Hall highlights from the USU 1st half before he got hurt. He was dominant!— Garrett® (@SFGarrett) December 23, 2020
If heathy, he's the front runner to start imo.#BYUFootball pic.twitter.com/JCsKVOmPwX
One thing to keep an eye on is who BYU will turn to between Conover and Romney if Hall goes down. Roderick said that Romney is the backup and and Conover is QB3, but it will be interesting to see what happens if Jaren suffers an injury that keeps him out long term.