Beck started 10 of 11 games last season

Updated: April 14, 2005, 11:50 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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