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Y. quarterback merry-go-round continues

Junior quarterback Paul Shoemaker will receive his second career start when BYU

hosts Hawaii this Saturday, coach LaVell Edwards said Monday.

Kevin Feterik, the Cougar starter the last four games, suffered a minor ankle fracture on the third play of the contest in last weekend's 27-14 loss at Rice. The left-handed sophomore will be sidelined for up to one month.Shoemaker got the starting nod for the season-opener against Washington on Sept. 6. Feterik spelled him in the second half of that game, and Shoemaker didn't see action again until the fourth quarter of the Utah State victory, when he led the Cougars on two impressive touchdown drives, including the game-winner. Against the Aggies, he completed 3-of-5 attempts for 91 yards, including a 18-yard TD pass to tight end Dus-tin Johnson.

Against Rice, Shoemaker started the second half in relief of an ailing Feterik and struggled, to put it mildly. He was 0-for-6 passing with an interception.

Still, Edwards said he believes Shoemaker can do the job.

"We've had confidence in Paul all along," he said.

Feterik, meanwhile, underwent X-rays Sunday afternoon, which revealed the injury to his right foot, the same foot on which he had sustained an ankle sprain against USU the previous week. The injuries are not related.

Feterik will be fitted with a special brace, and doctors will be treating him with a bone stimulator, which could accelerate his recovery.

Backing up Shoemaker will be true freshman Drew Miller, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder who was a prep star at Lakes High in Lakewood, Wash. Miller had his first taste of Div. I action when he was inserted for BYU's final series against Rice and was unceremoniously sacked for a 12-yard loss and a safety.

Edwards said after Saturday's game the coaching staff had long planned to use Miller this season instead of exercising a redshirt option. With Feterik likely out for a while, the decision was made to give Miller a shot.

Johnson said Sunday night he and many of his teammates were surprised to see Miller trot out onto the field late in the game.

"Coaches wanted to create a spark, I guess," he said. "We have to pull things together and rally around whatever quarterback is in there."

Cougar coaches have been high on Miller since they signed him last February. And Miller has been impressive since he arrived on campus in August. A two-time Washington State Player of the Year, Miller was recruited by Notre Dame, Texas, Arizona State, UCLA, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others.

Another true freshman, American Fork High product Issac Kelley, could also be suited up for this week's game.