Earlier this week, Bronco Mendenhall mentioned to the media that BYU would be awarding scholarships for two players. According to quarterback Taysom Hill's twitter account, those scholarships were awarded to running back Nate Carter and wide receiver Mitch Juergens.
Big Congrats to Nate Carter and Mitch Juergens on earning a scholarship yesterday!! So excited for these guys!!
— Taysom Hill (@T_Hill4) August 28, 2015
The fact that these two players were awarded scholarships comes as no surprise. Both players will be key contributors to the offense this season, particularly Carter who will look to help fill the void made by the departure of starting running back Jamaal Williams.
Juergens, the junior out of Houston, came onto the scene in his sophomore year with a solid 424 yards receiving and four touchdowns. His best game of the season came against Cal when we pulled in seven receptions for 107 yards and a couple of touchdowns. In addition to contributing to special teams as a punt returner, Robert Anae has hinted at using Mitch at the running back position on occasion.
Carter also saw playing time in 2014 as the talented BYU backfield was decimated by injuries. He saw limited action in most of the games, but had a nice performance against Nevada where he averaged 12.4 yards per carry (87 yards on 7 carries). As he makes the transition to a leading role, Carter will look to prove that he can be a serviceable starter and do more than just racking up the yards in mop-up time.
We've seen other college coaches use elements of surprise to tell walk-on players they are being put on scholarship. Let's hope that the "Insider BYU Football" camera crews were able to capture this special moment.