BYU football: Riley Nelson aims to win heated BYU QB battle

BYU junior quarterback Riley Nelson was the first to emerge from the locker room Monday, jogging alone onto the practice field for the first day of spring practice.

As one of three contenders, along with sophomore James Lark and true freshman Jake Heaps, vying to become the next Cougar QB, Nelson wants to be the one to emerge — as the starter — when BYU opens the 2010 season Sept. 4 against Washington.

"That's definitely my goal," said Nelson, who was three-year starter Max Hall's backup last season. "I wish to accomplish it. But not all my eggs are in that basket. If the chips don't fall in my favor, I've got to keep working and waiting for the next opportunity. This is opportunity number one to accomplish a goal that I've had since I was a little kid, and I plan to take full advantage of it."

Coach Bronco Mendenhall acknowledged that all three quarterbacks have a lot to learn, but, he added, "In terms of talent, all three are very skilled and bring something special. One day is hard to assess other than they all have the skills necessary to lead the team. We'll see how it plays out."

Mendenhall reiterated Monday that this quarterback battle could last until fall camp.

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