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Bronco Mendenhall defends 2-quarterback plan

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall has decided to go with a 2-quarterback system to begin the season.

Riley Nelson and true freshman Jake Heaps will rotate from under center when BYU hosts Washington in the season-opener.

Mendenhall says, "There will be those who will want a new quarterback the minute the first incomplete pass is thrown, as I very well know will happen. There might even be boos on occasion. But what I've told Riley and Jake and our coaching staff is, they will not deter us from our plan. We'll do what's best for these kids, our program and our future."

"They're both excellent leaders and they both bring different styles of play. Ultimately, I think we're going to need both quarterbacks to help us reach our goals this year. I think it's the right thing for the young men involved, and it's the right thing for our team."

After hosting Washington, the Cougars will play at Air Force and at Florida State.

Update: BYU beat writer Drew Jay just tweeted, "Coach Bronco Mendenhall did slip-n-slide about six or seven times, did his post-practice interviews while soaking wet. Good sport."

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