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Are the San Francisco 49ers heavily scouting BYU quarterback Zach Wilson?

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) loads up for a long pass as BYU and Boise State play a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. BYU won 51-17.
Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) loads up for a long pass as BYU and Boise State play a college football game at Albertsons Stadium in Boise on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. BYU won 51-17.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

As NFL buzz surrounding BYU Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson continues to grow, at least one team is apparently taking a close look at the former Corner Canyon High School signal caller.

On Friday during an appearance on the Murph & Mac Podcast, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch confirmed reports from multiple outlets that the team’s lead scout, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, attended the Cougars’ game against the Boise State Broncos last week.

Although he confirmed Peters’ presence at the game, Lynch downplayed the significance of it.

“We’re scouting hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of players each year, and we try to be as thorough as possible, and so Adam did go out to, gosh, what was it, Boise State, I believe, to watch a Boise State and BYU game,” Lynch said. “That seemed to have garnered a lot of attention, but, you know, we’re doing our jobs. You prepare for everything.”

The 49ers’ starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, has been either injured or inconsistent this season. He’s played in just six of San Francisco’s nine games and was placed on injured reserve Nov. 3, meaning he’ll be out at least a few more weeks.

On the season, he’s thrown for 1,096 yards with seven touchdowns against five interceptions. In Garoppolo’s stead, Nick Mullens has thrown for 1,143 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions as the 49ers sit with a 4-5 record, nine months after their February appearance in Super Bowl LIV.

Wilson has thrown for 2,512 yards and 22 touchdowns against just two interceptions this season for the 8th-ranked Cougars, who are undefeated at 8-0.