From now till BYU opens its 2021 soccer season in Las Vegas in opposition to Arizona on Sept. 4, the main storyline surrounding the Cougars might be who replaces Zach Wilson at quarterback.
Whether or not it’s Jaren Corridor, Baylor Romney or Jacob Conover, the hypothesis is predicted to run rampant.
Professional Soccer Focus’ Anthony Treash gave an endorsement for Corridor, naming the redshirt sophomore one in every of his 11 breakout candidates this season from small-school applications, i.e. non-Energy 5 faculties.
Might Jaren Corridor be Zach Wilson’s successor?
“Corridor is about to obtain the unimaginable activity of changing BYU legend Zach Wilson, who final season earned the very best single-season PFF grade ever given to a non-Energy 5 quarterback,” Treash wrote.
Corridor final performed in 2019, beginning two video games that 12 months earlier than getting damage in his final recreation motion, in opposition to Utah State that 12 months. He left the sport in opposition to the Aggies late within the first half with a concussion and BYU forward 21-7. Corridor accomplished 12 of 16 passes for 214 yards and rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries earlier than leaving the sport in an eventual 42-14 Cougar victory.
“He showcased toughness, athleticism, arm power and a capability to play on the transfer, all issues coaches need on the quarterback place, in the end incomes a 77.3 PFF grade throughout 55 dropbacks,” Treash wrote.
For his profession, Corridor has performed 144 snaps, and concussion points plagued him through the 2019 season. Even in glimpses, although, the dual-threat Corridor confirmed some playmaking skills. In seven video games through the 2019 season, he accomplished 67% of his passes for 420 yards and a landing whereas operating for 139 yards on a 4.79 yards-per-attempt common, with three landing carries.
Will or not it’s sufficient to carry off Romney, the sophomore who’s additionally had his share of expertise filling in for different injured quarterbacks at BYU, or the freshman Conover, a a lot hyped four-star recruit out of Arizona?
BYU offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick spoke strongly about Corridor’s skills through the workforce’s media day final month.
“The occasions that we’ve seen Jaren play he’s performed about pretty much as good as any BYU quarterback,” Roderick mentioned. “… If he’s in a position to (keep wholesome), he’s going to be powerful to beat out.”
What are the expectations for Corridor this season?
If Corridor, a Maple Mountain Excessive product, in the end wins the job, Treash laid out what he might want to do to assist BYU from taking a giant step again after an 11-1 season, led by Wilson, the No. 2 total choose to the New York Jets on this 12 months’s NFL draft.
“Corridor is unlikely to duplicate the extent of manufacturing Wilson offered. Nonetheless, he actually has the expertise to rank among the many nation’s prime non-Energy 5 quarterbacks and maintain off the sort of debilitating regression that can threaten this BYU program,” Treash wrote. “The one factor he must do is keep away from harm and play the season from begin to end, one thing he has struggled with up to now.”