QB battle brews as BYU prepares for San Jose State



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Riley Nelson is the “gritty dude” with the great hair not afraid to knock heads on special teams for BYU.

But is he the quarterback to lead the Cougars through the rest of the season, starting Saturday night against San Jose State?

Nelson isn’t saying and BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall won’t reveal a starter publicly until game time.

The choice between Nelson and benched starter Jake Heap, however, has created as much controversy in Provo as Nelson’s hair, which he was directed to cut.

Mendenhall knows he must choose wisely, even if BYU is a two-touchdown favorite against the Spartans.

While he didn’t rule out starting one quarterback and switching to another, Mendenhall said he doesn’t plan to rotate quarterbacks.