Soph had surgery on injured wrist

Updated: September 15, 2003, 8:41 AM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young quarterback Matt Berry, who broke a bone in his throwing hand during Saturday's 10-7 victory at New Mexico, had surgery Sunday and is expected to be out at least three weeks.

The redshirt sophomore was injured when he hit his hand on a helmet while throwing.

Doctors inserted tiny screws to secure the fracture near his little finger.

He could miss up to five weeks, trainer George Curtis said. In about 10 days, Berry will wear a removable splint. The earliest he could return is Oct. 9 against Colorado State.

"He's a little down," said his father, Bob, a spine surgeon. "He wasn't too bad (Saturday) night because he was caught up in the game. As it's dawning on him, he's becoming a little bit more despondent."

Coach Gary Crowton said John Beck will start in Berry's place in this week's home game against Stanford. A first-year freshman, Beck suffered a concussion late in the Southern California game Sept. 6 and missed the last week.

In two games, Beck completed one of six passes with one interception.

Junior Todd Mortensen played the entire second half of the New Mexico game. He completed seven of 16 passes for 44 yards.

"Beck will start at quarterback," Crowton said. "Todd will be right there as his backup."

Junior running back Marcus Whalen is expected to return for the Stanford game. Whalen, who has missed the first three games after suffering a broken bone during pregame warmups against Georgia Tech, has been cleared to practice this week.

Senior center Scott Jackson suffered a knee injury against New Mexico and has been listed as possible against Stanford. Hanale Vincent replaced Jackson over the last two quarters.


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