Bronco Mendenhall, one of the best coaches in the history of western civilization, announced today that BYU would use two QBs in 2010: Riley Nelson and Jake Heaps.
"We plan on playing both Riley and Jake at quarterback and feel both will be effective leading our team,” Mendenhall said in BYU official athletics press release. “Each is a talented player with a different style, which will pose some difficulties for opposing defenses. Both players are committed to this decision and excited to lead our team", he added in his press release.
This is a stroke of genius. This is probably Mendenhall's greatest move since switching to the 3-4 defense.
The last team to do this was Florida (Chris Leak, Tim Tebow, 2007). All they did was win a national championship.
Most teams only have one QB good enough to start. BYU has two. That basically makes them twice as good as any other team.
Riley Nelson had 84 TDs as a Senior in high school. Even if hes splitting time with Heaps, and only gets 42 TDS, that's still good enough to be in the Heisman discussion.
Heaps was the highest touted QB recruit in the entire country last year. His arm, his accuracy, and his unlikely maturity as a true freshman make him an ideal choice to split time with the great Riley Nelson.
There is a history at big-time college football programs of two greats splitting the load and finding success.
Remember when Reggie Bush and Lendale White shared carries at USC? It was a success.
Riley Nelson is widely considered to be a fusion of the QB styles of Peyton Manning, Michael Vick, Steve Young, and Tim Tebow (but without quite the talent).
Some see Jake Heaps as a potentially NFL caliber QB similar in style and talent to Drew Brees.
Some may be skeptical of this move, but those who are know nothing about football.
Having two QBs (one a pocket passer, one a dual-threat) makes opposing teams have to prepare for two different offenses. It also gives each QB incredible rhythm. Normally a QB has to play series after series.
Now each QB will have some time to catch his breath, and contemplate—not only on the meaning of life and man's place in the universe, but also what he needs to do next time he gets out there on the football field.