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BYU Lands Former Baylor and USF QB Gerry Bohanon

BYU needed to snag a quarterback from the transfer portal to compete with Jake Retzlaff. Gerry Bohanon fits the bill.

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BYU desperately needed a quarterback from the transfer portal to come in and push Jake Retzlaff for the starting job. BYU landed a QB Thursday when former Baylor and USF QB Gerry Bohanon announced his commitment to BYU. Bohanon has one year of eligibility remaining.

In four games to finish the season, Retzlaff completed just 50.4 percent of his passes and struggled with a handful of costly turnovers. He also showed grit, guts, and athleticism. What also became clear is that the Cougars, with Aaron Roderick’s system, need a quarterback more athletic and mobile than Kedon Slovis. Slovis was effective at times but lack of mobility might have led to him getting hurt down the stretch.

Bohanon should be a familiar name to Cougar fans. He’s actually played BYU twice. In 2021, he was the starting quarterback for a very talented Baylor Bears team. They went 12-2 including winning the Big 12 (Bohanon was hurt for the Big 12 title game). He returned for the Sugar Bowl, where the Bears beat Ole Miss. Frankly, he was not asked to do much in that game, completing seven passes for 40 yards and a touchdown while running for another 20.

He also was the starter when Baylor beat BYU in Waco.

While he didn’t put up video game numbers, he was solid in 12 games that year. With 2,200 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, along with 323 rushing yards and nine rushing scores, he earned himself All-Big 12 honorable mention. His size and athleticism would be tantalizing for any offensive coaching staff. Experienced is another way to describe Bohanon who will be a seventh-year senior in 2024 after redshirting, medical redshirting, and having the free 2020 COVID year in his career.

After losing the starting job to the up-and-comer Blake Shapen, he transferred to USF.

Injuries plagued Bohanon’s career at South Florida. He played in seven games, including their loss to BYU to open the season. He rushed for 386 yards, averaging just over 55 per game. He even ran for over 100 yards in road games against Cincinnati and Florida.

He never played in 2023 after needing shoulder surgery that prematurely ended his 2022 season and knocked him out for the 2023 season.

Now, he gets a fresh start at BYU. He is bigger and more athletic than Slovis. Retzlaff’s athleticism puts him squarely in the mix for an interesting position battle in spring with Bohanon. Neither player should just be handed the job without close evaluation.

Aaron Roderick has shown ability to develop quarterbacks. Even with Bohanon in the program as just another year-long “rental,” an entire offseason with Roderick could unlock the Bohanon that we saw at Baylor or better.

BYU might even add another signal caller to further stoke competition.

Either way, BYU’s quarterback room received much needed depth with the addition of Bohanon.