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Thursday, August 16, 2018

BYU Moves Beau Hoge from QB to Running Back and Merril's Not Happy

Former Highlands quarterback, Beau Hoge, 2015, told Fort Thomas Matters last month that he knew he'd be in for a quarterback battle as he entered his redshirt junior year at BYU.

"I think it just takes every day with competition building that body of work. It's not about just one day or one practice," Hoge said in July. "But that's probably about as much as I can expand on the quarterback competition. That's all up to the coaches. I think it's just our job to compete and be the best that we can be individually."

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What he didn't count on was not being able to compete.

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According to The Deseret News, the BYU coaching staff informed Hoge that he would be making the move from quarterback to running back.

The yesterday Merril, who played running back in the NFL before becoming an analyst for ESPN, announced his displeasure with that decision.

“I think it’s a waste of talent. I don’t think it’s a smart move,” he said. “(Beau) said, ‘I didn’t come here to play running back. It was to play quarterback’. So he went to talk to (the coaching staff) and it fell on deaf ears. In fact, it was a bit disturbing because they put him off for so long to talk to him. I’ve just never heard of something like that. I just think it’s weird that you do that.”

The elder Hoge said that his son was taking it in stride, but the coaching staff wouldn't even let him compete for the job. After battling for the starting job each year since arriving in Provo, Hoge has completed 29 of 56 passes for 394 yards and 3 touchdowns, rushing for another two.

“The only option he had, really, was to do it. They wouldn’t let him compete,” Merril said. “And that’s what probably shocked me more than anything. When he went in to talk to them, they said they wouldn’t let him compete at it … So I told (Beau), in 44 years I’ve never heard of a coach not allowing a kid to compete.”

After his comments, Beau Hoge took to Twitter to set the record straight on the coaching decision.

Beau Hoge was a three-star recruit by and 247Sports and led Highlands High School to 13-2 record, No. 6 ranking in state and 2014 Kentucky Class 4A state championship, being named MVP.

He was a 2014 Associated Press Kentucky High School All-State second team selection, throwing for 3,459 passing yards and 35 touchdown passes while rushing for 865 yards and 26 rushing scores in 2014. 

His 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, putting his team ahead 37-14 was the No. 1 overall play on ESPN's "SportsCenter" Top 10 plays of the day. 

Photo: (2014) Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands quarterback Beau Hoge (7) scores on a sweep in the fourth quarter while Nick Kendall (8) blocks in Saturday's game against Miami (Fla.) Christopher Columbus. Hoge completed 24-of-38 passes for 330 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. 

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