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Montana on BYU backup quarterback's short list

Montana on BYU backup quarterback's short list

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The No. 2 quarterback at Brigham Young will reportedly visit Montana this weekend with an eye on transferring to the Division I-AA football school.

A story in Salt Lake City's Deseret News on Wednesday said Drew Miller also plans to check out Eastern Washington on Monday. It called EWU his "likely destination."

Miller wants to make his decision in the next week to 10 days, the newspaper said. He'll remain with BYU through its Liberty Bowl game against Tulane on New Year's Eve as Kevin Feterik's backup.

Miller, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore from Tacoma, Wash., attended summer camps in Cheney during high school and has a cousin who plans to play for Eastern Washington.

He was a two-time Washington player of the year and holds that state's career passing mark with 9,003 yards and 101 touchdowns.

On a radio show in Salt Lake on Tuesday, Miller named four I-A schools he was also interested in - California, Duke, Texas A&M and Tulane. But he is chafing to play, and he would have to sit out next season at one of those schools. At the I-AA level, he would be eligible immediately.

Miller talked about leaving BYU as early as last September, unhappy with his playing time and the fact that he was activated midway through his redshirt season in 1997 because of injuries. Miller completed 23 of 45 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns in 1998. The Cougars reportedly want to redshirt him next year.

"I just feel like I need to go in a different direction," he told KSL Radio.

Montana loses quarterback Brian Ah Yat, a three-year starter, next season. Coach Mick Dennehy said the Grizzlies' quarterback job would be opened to three players in the spring - junior-to-be Sean Davis and freshmen John Edwards and Nick Walker.

Dennehy couldn't be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Eastern Washington has its starting quarterback coming back. Griffin Garske of Spokane will be a senior next season.

Thursday - 12/17/98
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