Former BYU QB Jacob Conover Finds New Home Out Of Transfer Portal

Dec 7, 2022, 4:11 PM
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Former BYU QB Jacob Conover lands at Arizona State. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – Former BYU quarterback Jacob Conover has found a new home. You could actually say it’s closer to his actual home. Conover exits the NCAA Transfer Portal and will sign with Arizona State.

Former four-star recruit

Conover was a heralded prospect in the 2018 recruiting class. A native of Chandler, Arizona, Conover initially signed with BYU over a strong push from Arizona State, Alabama, and others.

Now he returns back to the desert to team up with his old Chandler High head coach Shaun Aguano. Aguano served as the interim head coach for the Sun Devils this past season after Herm Edwards was fired.

The former state champion coach will be retained on Kenny Dillingham’s new Sun Devils staff.

“Shaun’s done a remarkable job here,” Dillingham said to Arizona Sports. “As a person, everybody in this Valley respects him. … I couldn’t be happier. One of the first people I saw when I got here was coach Aguano, and he brings a joy to you when you see him in the room.”

Conover passed for 10,098 yards, 102 touchdowns, and only 16 interceptions during his three seasons as the starting quarterback for Chandler High.

Jacob Conover appeared in three games in 2022

Conover appeared in three games this season as BYU’s backup quarterback. He attempted only one pass. That came in the regular season finale against Stanford. It was an incomplete ball.

The other two game appearances were against Arkansas on the final snap of the game and a fourth quarter cameo against Utah Tech.

Leading up to BYU’s game against Notre Dame in Las Vegas on October 8, starter Jaren Hall got the nod despite going a full week without practicing.

Entering the 2021 season, Conover was in a three-man starting quarterback battle with Hall and Baylor Romney for the starting job. During that fall camp, offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick said he saw signs of a young Zach Wilson in Conover for his aggressive passing style.

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 Mitch’s BYU football coverage on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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