PROVO — BYU quarterback Beau Hoge was able to play effectively when starting against Utah State on Oct. 6 before succumbing to injury late in the first half in the Cougars' 40-24 loss. Prior to his exit, Hoge went 5-9 through the air for 95 yards and two touchdowns, and he helped set the team off to a 21-7 lead before most everything went downhill after his forced exit.
Hoge didn't look nearly as effective when asked to replace starter Tanner Mangum during last week's 20-13 loss to Fresno State, however, and he has been fighting through injuries since his departure against the Aggies. Hoge is one of three quarterbacks vying for the starting nod when the Cougars take on UNLV, with coaches cautious to ensure that he can get the job done.
“He hasn’t been 100 percent, really, since before the Utah State game,” said BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. “So we want to make sure he’s right.”
While some suggest that it may be better to rest Hoge some more, in favor of developing backups such as Joe Critchlow and Kody Wilstead, Detmer has his own criteria.
“We’ve got to play the guy we feel is going to win the game for us. That’s first and foremost,” Detmer said. “So we’re evaluating that situation and see where it falls Friday night.”