Who will be BYU's starting quarterback this fall?

For the first time in three years, there's a quarterback competition at BYU.

Spring practices get underway Monday afternoon for the Cougars, but the task of finding a replacement for three-year starter Max Hall probably won't be resolved anytime soon.

"In this particular quarterback battle, it might go all the way into fall camp," said coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Those competing for the starting job are junior Riley Nelson, sophomore James Lark and true freshman Jake Heaps. Nelson backed up Hall last season, Lark returned home from a mission in December, and true freshman Jake Heaps, is a high school All-American who enrolled in January.

The last time Mendenhall and his staff faced a quarterback quandary like this, in 2007, Hall beat out Cade Cooper and Brenden Gaskins, and took over for three-year starter John Beck.

Ideally, Mendenhall would like to have a clear-cut starter in place heading into summer workouts and fall camp again. But given the circumstances, that scenario is unlikely, said Mendenhall.

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