BYU football: Bronco says Jake Heaps is leading QB contest

by | Apr. 12, 2010

Saints & Sports

BYU concluded spring drills Saturday afternoon at LaVell Edwards Stadium with a glorified practice that attracted about 7,200 fans.

Most of those in the crowd were focused on the quarterback race as true freshman Jake Heaps, junior Riley Nelson and sophomore James Lark each engineered drives Saturday with mixed results. When it comes to deciding on a starting QB, it's still up in the air. Nothing is expected to be settled until well into fall camp in August.

"It's going to take some time to continue to develop these guys," said quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman. "I would hope that we could go through the season with just one (starter). We've been fortunate to do it for five years. But traditionally speaking, it's about 60 percent of the time that your starter gets injured and your backup has to play. We have to get them all ready right now."

During the four-week spring practice period, Heaps completed 62 of 105 passes for 774 yards and seven touchdowns; Nelson completed 29 of 51 passes for 389 yards and five touchdowns; and Lark, who returned home from a mission in December, completed 27 of 46 passes for 253 and no touchdowns.

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