“John is a very mobile quarterback, so he’ll be able to buy himself some more time because of that mobility – which is important for an inexperienced quarterback. The style of the offense will be different since we’re playing a different style of defense, so we’ll adjust accordingly.”
Beck, a 6-1, 185-pound true freshman from Arizona, won the back-up role in spring practice and will start for BYU for at least three weeks until Berry is fully recovered. Todd Mortensen will back him up with lance Pendleton listed as the third string QB.
Berry underwent surgery yesterday and had two small screws inserted to help mend a broken bone in his throwing hand. Beck, meanwhile, was cleared by doctors to practice today after suffering a concussion near the conclusion of the USC game nine days ago.
“He’ll be out at least three weeks. Hopefully, he can be back for the Colorado State game. We’ll just have to wait and see,” Crowton said of Berry.
The 6-1, 185-pound Beck brings different strengths to the table than does Berry. His mobility will cover up some degree of inexperience.
Crowton said his other impressive true freshman quarterback, Jackson Brown, will likely remain as the scout team quarterback for now. “I like Jackson Brown on the scout team. I think he’s doing a good job there preparing our defense for the opponent. We’ll practice Lance at quarterback this week and just go from there.”
Beck practiced today for the first time since the USC game and is off-limits to defenders until Saturday. “John (Beck) will be ready to go. John is cleared to go. He took a tremendous shot against USC. I don’t know of anybody who wouldn’t have a concussion after that hit. I just think that was a coincidental thing and that John isn’t susceptible to concussions.”
Publicly, Crowton does not appear too concerned with Beck’s jittery one-series showing against Georgia Tech. “I thought he (Beck) was very relaxed in the Southern Cal game. I thought he was very relaxed and very smooth when he went into the game.”
* INJURIES: Starting fullback Taufui Vakapuna will probably miss the Stanford game because of injury. Other players who will miss the game include offensive line leader/center Scott Jackson and linebacker Bryant Atkinson and Scott Jackson. Atkinson sustained a meniscus tear on his lateral side and will be out at least two weeks depending upon the size of the torn piece of meniscus. He will likely be out 3-4 weeks. Justin Jory may play, but no decision has been made at this time. Crowton said he is hesitant to bring him back to soon for fear his injury may nag him all year.
* Crowton plans changing the offensive line rotation a little. “The guy that will play a lot more is Vincent Xanthos. We’re thinking of putting Vincent in when we put Ofa (Mohetau) in. When Eddie (Keele) and Ofa are in at the same time, they’re both real quiet. When we put Vincent (Xanthos) in there, he’s a little bit better communicator and he’s more experienced so that will help.”
* Hanale Vincent will substitute for Scott Jackson. He played the entire second half last week at New Mexico.
Finding themselves thrust into critical roles Saturday, Beck and Vincent fully understand the magnitude and importance of their moment and opportunity to shine.
“Just in the weight room today, I walked up to Hana (Hanale Vincent) and said to him, ‘It’s you and me.’ ”
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