Riley Nelson, All-American QB, Transfers to BYU

JeremySenior Writer IMay 27, 2008

QB Riley Nelson, who attended Utah State in 2006, is currently on a LDS church mission in Spain.  When he comes back home, he won't be taking up residence in Logan, UT.   Nelson emailed his father over the Memorial Day weekend, who announced the decision, that he plans on attending BYU when he returns in March 2009.

Multiple sources have confirmed the transfer in the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Riley attended high school at Logan High which is located near Utah State.  He was a Parade High School All-American in 2005.  Nelson earned the starting job for the Aggies midway through 2006.

Nelson was the first QB at Utah State to win his first career start since 1992, when he lead the Aggies over Fresno State.  His stats were modest on a poor Utah State team.  Nelson rushed for 277 yards, second-most on the team, and threw for 874 yards, six touchdowns with six interceptions.

There has been no official reason for the transfer, which according to Riley’s father should come in about a week.

Well, the rich get richer for BYU. The timing is pretty nice for the Cougs because Nelson will be back when current Quarterback Max Hall will be in his last year and Nelson could then redshirt to learn the offense. No question he will challenge for the starting job the following year.