This is the first in a series of 11 posts examining the goals of the BYU football program position-by-position for the upcoming Spring football camp, which opens Monday, March 4th. Today, we take a look at the quarterbacks.
Scholarships Returning: 3- Taysom Hill, Jason Munns, Ammon Olsen
Walk-ons Returning: 0
Scholarships Lost: 2- James Lark and Riley Nelson graduated
Walk-ons Lost: 0
Scholarships Added: 2- Billy Green, Tanner Mangum (Spring only)
Walk-ons Added: 3- Newly-added Blake Decker and David Laird, and RM Dallin McEwen (RM Brad Heap will join in the fall).
Projected Depth Chart: 1. Hill, 2. Munns/Olsen/Green/Mangum/Decker/Laird/McEwen
Assuming that Taysom Hill’s recovery is 100% complete, the goal for the Quarterback position is simple. Either the coaches are confident that Taysom Hill will be the starter in 2013 or they aren’t. If they are, the primary goal will be to get Hill as many reps as possible in the new offense. The secondary goal would then be to establish depth behind him–solidifying the #2 and #3 guys and getting them as much experience in the offense as possible.
If the coaches still aren’t ready to anoint Hill as the starter, that adds an extra step to the beginning of the process. One thing is certain: it would be in the coaches’ best interest to select a starter as soon as possible in order to allow that player to receive as many repetitions as possible in the new offense. This group of coaches has learned from past experience and I would be surprised if they haven’t decided on a clear starter (and #2/3) by the end of Spring camp. Then, they can divide the reps appropriately during Fall camp to best prepare for a successful season under center.
As a side note, I don’t expect Mangum to play much of a role right away, since he’s planning on leaving on a mission after Spring ball. But, he’ll gain some valuable experience in Anae’s offense that will help him when he rejoins the team with full eligibility in 2015 (Hill’s Senior season).