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BYU’s QB battle is too close to call as opener approaches

Fans, media and coaches anxiously await a decision

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PROVO — Two-a-days are over and BYU's season opener against Florida State is just one week away.

And there's still no word on who will start at quarterback for the Cougars.

Following Thursday night's scrimmage, quarterback coach Robbie Bosco said he hoped a starter would be named on Friday. Coaches watched films of the scrimmage on Friday morning and held a practice session in the afternoon. But the QB race between Charlie Peterson, Bret Engemann and Brandon Doman is still too close to call.

Offensive coordinator Lance Reynolds said decision could come "probably Monday." But he isn't in any particular rush.

"There's no pressing need to name a quarterback," Reynolds said. "I never felt there was a timetable to decide. We're not under any kind of time constraints."

Meanwhile, fans, media and the players themselves are anxious to find out. Reynolds has told his quarterbacks not to worry about the decision.

"We've got to have them all to make it through the season. I keep telling them to stay focused and keep improving," he said of the trio of inexperienced quarterbacks. "They've honed their skills because of the competition. I'd just rather not have to test the waters against Florida State."

The coaching staff is toying with the idea of playing two or three quarterbacks against the No. 2 ranked Seminoles, no matter who starts the game.

"We don't want to name a guy then yank him the first time he makes a mistake," Reynolds said. "We don't want that cloud hanging over him."


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