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Why former top recruit quarterback Ben Olson came to BYU but never played a down

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Editor’s note: Fifth in an occasional series exploring the pros and cons of starting a true freshman at quarterback, and the experiences of the six freshmen who started for BYU.

If any BYU quarterback seemed built to start as a true freshman, it was Ben Olson.

With a 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, a gun for an arm, the five-star prospect was regarded as the best prep QB in the nation and ESPN anointed him the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation. It marked the first and only time the Cougars had ever landed the highest-rated recruit in the country.

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