John Beck tutors Cougar QB competitors

by | Jun. 19, 2010

Saints & Sports

John Beck found himself being a tutor to two BYU quarterbacks this spring.

As Beck was tossing around the football in Provo with Dennis Pitta and Andrew George during BYU's spring football practices, BYU quarterback hopefuls Riley Nelson and James Lark approached Beck and asked his advice. Beck told them if they ever needed anything, he'd make himself available.

The duo, who join freshman Jake Heaps in a battle to replace Max Hall as the Cougars' starting QB this fall, took Beck at his word.

A few weeks later, Nelson and Lark showed up in Baltimore, where Beck was preparing for Raven minicamps. For hours in a hotel room, he found himself helping them understand some of what it takes to be a starting quarterback.

"They have skills," said Beck. "What they were looking for was some help.

"The NCAA restricts how much time athletes can spend with coaches, and I was more than happy to provide some tips because I know from experience how it was for me trying to improve myself during my first years at BYU when head coaches, offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches were changing."

Beck said he tried to show them how to effectively break down film of themselves.

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