Jacob Conover Separating Himself As BYU’s Backup Quarterback

Mar 28, 2022, 11:18 PM
BYU Football - Jacob Conover...
BYU Football quarterback Jacob Conover during spring practices. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
(Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – Third-year player Jacob Conover is separating himself as the backup quarterback for BYU football in 2022.

The redshirt freshman from Chandler, Arizona, was the only reserve quarterback after Jaren Hall that saw reps during Monday’s media observation portion of practice.

After practice, BYU offensive coordinator indicated that Conover is getting some distance from Boise State transfer Cade Fennegan and fellow third-year redshirt freshman Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters.

BYU Football OC says Conover is separating himself

“Jacob (Conover) has separated himself a little bit at No. 2,” said Roderick to the assembled media on Monday. “But Cade and Sol-Jay are improving every day, and I’m still giving them reps. So that’s where we stand right now.”

It’s not a surprise that Conover is separating himself from the field. Roderick told The Zone Sports Network that Conover was getting a majority of the second-team reps during week one of spring practice.

Conover, a former four-star recruit in the class of 2019, has appeared in two games during his BYU career. As it stands right now, he would be the next in line if starter Jaren Hall was to go down with an injury. However, Roderick has seen growth from Conover over these 13 practices in spring ball.

Conover’s reps are helping with the separation

“I think the reps are just accumulating now. He’s been here long enough that it’s starting to show that he knows what he’s doing. In his overall time here, he’s had a few more reps than Sol-Jay and Cade have; it just kind of comes with playing. The games seem to be slowing down a little bit for him. He’s a talented guy.”

Assuming Conover keeps the separation from Fennegan and Maiava-Peters, is Roderick content with Hall and these three reserves as his quarterbacks? The Transfer Portal always sees an uptick of signal-caller entrants after spring practices conclude. Because many QBs realize where they stand in quarterback battles might not be what they had hoped.

Since the Transfer Portal came into existence, head coach Kalani Sitake has never opposed adding players from the portal at any position if it makes the team better. It will be something to monitor during the spring and summer months as BYU gets ready to play its final season as an FBS Independent.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football, Cade Fennegan, Spring Practice...
Mitch Harper

Three Things I’m Watching For During BYU’s Spring Game

BYU football opens up LaVell Edwards Stadium to fans. Here's what Mitch Harper is watching for.
22 hours ago
BYU Football, Kalani Sitake, Spring Practice...
Mitch Harper

Kalani Sitake Lays Out What To Expect For BYU’s Spring Game

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake joined the KSL Sports Zone to preview Friday's spring game.
22 hours ago
BYU Football, Hans Olsen, Radio...
Mitch Harper

Hans Olsen Joins BYU Football Radio Broadcast Team

KSL Sports' Hans Olsen is joining the booth for BYU football games this fall.
22 hours ago
BYU Football, LaVell Edwards Stadium...
Mitch Harper

Weather Forecast For BYU Spring Game From KSL’s Kevin Eubank

What is the weather looking like for Friday's BYU Spring Game?
3 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

How To Watch Utah’s Red Rocks At Regionals

Utah gymnastics is heading to Los Angeles to compete at Regionals with the hope of making their 47th consecutive appearance at Nationals.
3 days ago
Kaleb Hayes, BYU Football, NFL Draft...
Mitch Harper

BYU’s Kaleb Hayes Has Elite Athletic Profile Among Draft Hopefuls

Former BYU cornerback turned heads at Pro Day. It was a historic showing for cornerbacks.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Jacob Conover Separating Himself As BYU’s Backup Quarterback