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Beck started 10 of 11 games last season

4/14/2005 - BYU Cougars

PROVO, Utah -- John Beck held on to his starting job after
Brigham Young's spring season and will enter fall camp as the
Cougars' top quarterback.

Beck, Matt Berry and Jason Beck competed for the job during
coach Bronco Mendenhall's first spring workouts, which concluded
Saturday with the annual Blue-White game.

Mendenhall said after the game none of the three had won the
job, but on Thursday announced John Beck would remain No. 1 until
practice formally resumes in August.

"For our offense to continue to progress through the summer, I
thought it was important to list a starting quarterback for the
upcoming workout period," Mendenhall said in a release. "Having
said that, I expect the competition for the starting quarterback
position will continue through the summer and into fall camp."

Beck completed 30 of 44 passes for 301 yards in the Cougars'
final two spring scrimmages. He also completed six straight during
one stretch of Saturday's spring game.

"Johns composure, leadership, experience and ability to move
the offense in the most consistent manner were the things that gave
him the slight edge," Mendenhall said.

John Beck, who will be a junior this fall, started 10 of 11
games last season and threw for 2,563 yards. Mendenhall said Berry,
the former starter, and Jason Beck will have another chance to
claim the job before the season.