Opinion: Cougs need to settle on 1 quarterback — and soon

In an effort not to make a mistake in choosing a new starter at quarterback, Bronco Mendenhall might be on the verge of making a big one by delaying the decision too long.

The BYU coach said this week that heading into fall camp he is flying against his usual flow of having a starter named before summer workouts, waiting now until the latest possible moment — maybe even well into the season — to select his main guy.

He said the quarterback situation “is going to be a little volatile,” and added, “It might be where we go multiple games before we see a clear starter.”

That would be a bad move.

On the whole, Mendenhall gets it. He understands what’s going on here.

Unlike some years after an established QB has graduated, the competition for the quarterback position is limited to just two players. At BYU this time around, there are four quarterbacks to consider, three highly regarded younger talents and a limited — but scrappy — veteran.

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