Why freshman QBs are starting more often at BYU; is it the best thing for the player and the program?

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

During that amazing, decade-long stretch from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, when BYU regularly churned out record-breaking, All-American quarterbacks, most of them patiently waited their turn before taking the field.

They knew the drill — redshirt, then spend a couple of seasons as an understudy, absorbing the playbook, developing and learning from the starter.

Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young “had two years in the program before they started,” said former BYU offensive coordinator Norm Chow.

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