Practices last week featured an intriguing confluence of the past, present and future. Hall, a senior who owns a 21-5 record as a starter, was throwing passes like the seasoned veteran that he is. Leading the third-team offense was returned missionary and Utah State transfer Riley Nelson. Roaming the sidelines in street clothes was Jake Heaps, who has led Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., to a 28-0 record and two state championships as a starter. Heaps, who verbally committed to the Cougars last June, is set to enroll at BYU in January and compete for the starting job for the 2010 season.
While Heaps is back in his home state getting ready for his senior year, Nelson is working to learn the Cougar offense. For now, he's No. 3 on the depth chart behind Hall and senior Brenden Gaskins.