PROVO — BYU quarterback Joe Critchlow surpassed most expectations in helping engineer a 31-21 win over UNLV in what was his first collegiate start. It's a good thing the true freshman performed so well, as the Cougars will be without sophomore quarterback Beau Hoge for the rest of the season.
Hoge left the Utah State game earlier this year with an apparent leg injury, with BYU coach Kalani Sitake confirming during Monday's press conference the injury sustained was to Hoge's big toe. Hoge re-aggravated the injury during BYU's 20-13 loss to Fresno State, with Sitake stating Monday the team intends to shut Hoge down for the remainder of the season.
“He will not be returning, so it will be Joe Critchlow, with Kody Wilstead and Koy Detmer. That will pretty much be the depth chart, there,” Sitake said.
NO REDSHIRT FOR WILSTEAD: With Wilstead listed as the second-string quarterback, redshirting the freshman quarterback from St. George seems less likely even though only two games remain on the schedule.
"We're just going to go with it. If he has the opportunity to play we'll get him in the game," Sitake said. "Pretty much the redshirt is off for him right now."
UNSELFISH DETMER: Although Koy Detmer is the third option at quarterback, Sitake praised the 5-foot-10 sophomore.
“Koy is probably one of the most unselfish people I’ve ever been around,” Sitake said. “He’s all about the team and it’s a huge compliment to his family and talking to other players who played with his dad — they say his dad was the same way.”
Detmer was seen throughout BYU's win over UNLV patrolling the sidelines with a headset on while constantly encouraging and even coaching Critchlow and some of his other teammates. According to Sitake, doing such simply runs in the Detmer family.
“He’s smart. He gets the game of football,” Sitake said. “He’ll be a great coach some day, if he wants to do that, and I think he’ll be excellent at it. I think it’s just a natural for him and for a guy who has just been raised around football. It makes sense and I love the fact that he’s willing to help out … I’m grateful that he’s on the team.”