BYU football: Zach Wilson remembers his chapter of BYU’s independence

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Zach Willson provided a memorable chapter during BYU’s run as an independent. Now he’s doing his thing as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

When Corner Canyon High product Zach Wilson signed up to play football at BYU after his 2017 senior season, the Cougars were knee deep in independence with no indication that it was ever going to change. It was a gamble Wilson was willing to take.

One year after his departure to the NFL, change arrived with an invitation for BYU to join the Big 12 Conference and be labeled a Power Five program.

“I’m really excited for it,” Wilson said. “I feel the Big 12 is going to be good for us because it’s a big-time conference and I think of the talent we can get in there as well. It’s been exciting all through independence, but I think it will be better for us.”

Wilson produced a lot of that excitement. The overlooked three-star recruit delivered a galaxy of highlights during his BYU career, back before he became the second overall selection in the 2021 NFL draft to the New York Jets.

The big decision

Sold on Kalani Sitake’s culture and Aaron Roderick’s pro-style, shot-gun offense that required a quarterback to think on his feet on every play, Wilson believed Provo was the best place to prepare him for places like Manhattan.

“Not only on the field, but off the field you are just going to put yourself where you should be in life and what it’s going to push you to do,” Wilson said. “On the field there is not a better place for opportunity. I don’t think you see more walk-ons or guys that really came from nothing, or three-star recruits with not many offers, like me, have an opportunity to come and prove what they are made of and have an opportunity to play big-time football against big-time competition.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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