BYU Football QBs Caught My Attention During Spring Practice Observation

Mar 19, 2024, 1:18 PM

BYU Football, Gerry Bohanon, Spring Camp...

BYU football QB Gerry Bohanon during spring practice on March 18, 2024. (Courtesy of BYU Photo)

(Courtesy of BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – BYU football is already in week four of spring practices.

On Saturday, the Cougars held a scrimmage with more than 70 plays of live work.

BYU returned to the practice field on Monday for day nine of practice. The media was able to observe 20 minutes of the practice.

What caught my attention were some of the throws made by BYU’s quarterbacks.

Baylor/USF transfer QB Gerry Bohanon made one of his best throws that the media has been able to watch when he connected downfield with junior receiver Chase Roberts.

The completion resulted in a significant gain for the offense.

Here are some other observations from day nine of BYU football spring practice.

Quarterback play 

I thought Gerry Bohanon had his best day of spring practice that the media could watch.

He did have an overthrown pass intended for Roberts in the flat. But there weren’t any underthrown passes, which is noteworthy as he continues to work his way back from the torn labrum injury he suffered that sidelined him for 13 months.

Western Michigan transfer Treyson Bourguet connected on a touchdown pass to redshirt freshman wide receiver Jojo Phillips.

Phillips made an athletic grab over cornerback Zion Allen to come up with the touchdown. After the catch, Phillips’ offensive teammates circled him to celebrate the highlight-worthy catch.

Bourguet one of three quarterbacks vying for the third-string quarterback spot. He arrived at BYU with the only expectation of getting an opportunity.

If a depth chart were released today, Bourguet would be the top choice for the third-string quarterback job.

Jake Retzlaff made an underrated throw through a tight window to Keanu Hill over the middle for a modest gain. Retzlaff showed patience while staying in the pocket to deliver the tough pass.

Chase Roberts impressed

The aforementioned big gain from Bohanon to wide receiver Chase Roberts was one of the top plays of the day. Beyond the catch, there was a lot of contact between Roberts and the defensive back covering him, yet Roberts still came up with the grab.

The Big 12 Conference is underrated in its physicality. There were games last season where BYU’s receiver unit was locked up against the physical defensive backs in the league.

Roberts has shown a willingness in practice to invite the contact and still make tough catches with defensive backs all over him.

BYU football players returning to the practice field

Some players who have worked their way back from injury and participated in practice on Monday include cornerback Mory Bamba and running back Hinckley Folau Ropati.

Ropati was cleared to practice last Tuesday after returning from an ACL injury he suffered last August.

The former JUCO transfer, who is in his fourth year with the program, told KSL Sports he is working on becoming more of a “complete back” this season. He’s in the mix for reps with LJ Martin and Miles Davis.

On the defensive side, cornerback Mory Bamba was back at practice. Bamba was sidelined during previous media observation periods.

There’s one cornerback spot with an opening alongside returning starter Jakob Robinson. Bamba, who earned a start last season, will likely be in contention for the other starting spot in the fall. Other players include Weber State transfer Marque Collins and sophomore Marcus McKenzie.

Signs of a pass rush

BYU senior defensive tackle John Nelson caused a sack on QB Gerry Bohanon. Nelson did not hit Bohanon because he was a no-contact green jersey, but Nelson got home for what would have been a sack.

The senior from Salem Hills is one of the top players returning for BYU along the defensive line. Last season, Nelson switched from defensive end to tackle.

He missed the last five games of the season after suffering an ankle injury during the win over Texas Tech. When he was sidelined with an injury, BYU’s ability to stop the run took a big hit.

Nelson told KSL Sports on Monday that he feels healthy during spring practice.

The defensive line comes up with an interception

On the final play of the practice, BYU defensive lineman Joshua Singh tipped a Gerry Bohanon pass at the line of scrimmage. Singh then made a play on the ball and came up with the interception.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and hosts the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X: @Mitch_Harper.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

Tom Holmoe, BYU Basketball, Royal Blue NIL...

Mitch Harper

Tom Holmoe Promotes BYU’s NIL Collective Amid Basketball Coach Search

BYU athletic director sent a message to fans during the head coach search.

1 hour ago

BYU Softball, Oklahoma Sooners...

Mitch Harper

BYU Softball Pulls Off Upset At No. 2 Oklahoma

BYU softball pulls off a notable upset over No. 2 Oklahoma in Norman.

15 hours ago

Aly Khalifa, BYU Basketball, Transfer Portal...

Mitch Harper

BYU Center Aly Khalifa Enters NCAA Transfer Portal, Per Report

Khalifa played one season with the BYU basketball program.

23 hours ago

BYU Basketball, Tom Holmoe, Mark Pope...

Mitch Harper

AD Tom Holmoe Sees BYU Basketball In ‘Position Of Strength’ After Mark Pope

BYU athletic director is leading his third men's basketball head coach search.

1 day ago

BYU Basketball, Dallin Hall, Transfer Portal...

Mitch Harper

BYU Guard Dallin Hall Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

The Honorable Mention All-Big 12 guard has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

1 day ago

Mark Madsen, BYU Basketball, Cal Head Coach...

Mitch Harper

Mark Madsen Cuts BYU Speculation With Commitment To Cal Basketball

BYU can take Mark Madsen off the list of potential head coach candidates.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles


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

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

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.

BYU Football QBs Caught My Attention During Spring Practice Observation