BYU announced today that both Riley Nelson and highly touted freshman Jake Heaps will play quarterback this season. That’s a pretty big development for Air Force’s Week 2 game.
“We plan on playing both Riley and Jake at quarterback and feel both will be effective leading our team,” Mendenhall said in the release. “Each is a talented player with a different style, which will pose some difficulties for opposing defenses. Both players are committed to this decision and excited to lead our team.”
The release said it appears the plan is Nelson, a junior, will start. Nelson is a good runner, while Heaps was a fantastic passer in high school.
There are challenges for Air Force, preparing for two quarterbacks. Still, rotating quarterbacks is a tricky thing, so it could work in the Falcons’ favor. Either way, this is a pretty big development for one of the Falcons’ biggest games this season – although if BYU plays poorly against Washington in the opener the plan could change by the time the Cougars come to Falcon Stadium.