Maybe it was Nelson's plan to leave all along

Riley Nelson was the good son and grandson, and for at least one year, by putting his wishes to the side.
But maybe that was the plan all along.
Back in 2005 when he led the Logan Grizzlies to the Class 3A State Championship, Nelson’s stature in the community rivaled that of Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill.
I’m sure he couldn’t go to dinner, the movies, the mall, the restroom without someone telling him how great he was or invariable asking him where he was going to go to college.
BYU, Utah, Utah State and many others came calling the services of the lefty QB, who accounted for a national-record 84 touchdowns (53 passing, 31 rushing) for the hometown Grizz.
Utah State won out, but the weight of the entire valley and university was on the shoulders of the 17 year-old signal caller as he was making his decision. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all had ties to the local university in one way or another.
The Aggies football team hadn’t has a winning season in his lifetime ‘ it seemed like. He would be immediately seen as the savior of a football program.
I’m sure promises were made – some were kept and some were broken.
For the first five games, he sat. Leon Jackson III threw interception after interception for touchdowns. He pulled out of his redshirt in Game 5 by going 3-for-3 for 50 yards in a 42-21 loss to Idaho.
In his first career start the following week, Nelson led the Aggies to a 13-12 victory over Fresno State. The following week he nearly led the Aggies to a road win over San Jose State.
Maybe a win there would have gotten the ball rolling.
Instead, the Aggies lost their last six games, and what was his last game as an Aggie, he was just 3-of-6 for 51 yards and an interception in a 42-20 loss to New Mexico State. He gave way to Jackson at the end of the first quarter and never returned.
As an Aggie he accounted for six touchdowns (all passing), and for him in high school that was an average game.
Perhaps he knew all along he wasn’t coming back.
He had an easy out. He would go on his LDS Church mission and let national letter of intent expire. BYU would come calling with a full-ride and he could part ways with Utah State from thousands of miles away without the need of offering a face-to-face explanation to the coaches who put their faith in him that he would return.
Instead, he made the announcement through his father on Memorial Day.
Only time will tell if his decision will prove memorable or not.
“We as a staff are disappointed to see Riley Nelson leave Utah State University. We want to wish him the best in the future. Our focus will continue to be on our current team for the 2008 season,” Utah State football coach Brent Guy said.
Nelson can now say he gave it a shot at Utah State, like his family, friends, and community wanted and he can say it didn’t work out, and say it didn’t look like it was going to get much better. The Aggies won just two games while in was in the first year of his two-year mission to Barcelona, Spain.
At the same time, who can blame him?
I certainly can’t, but the Aggie diehards certainly will, while the Cougars will welcome him with open arms.
Could Coach Guy have done a little more to keep Nelson? Should he have started for the Aggies from Game 1 instead of Game 6?
He probably wouldn’t have led the Aggies to wins over Wyoming, Arkansas, Utah or BYU, but he would have been further ahead by the time Idaho, Fresno State (the Aggies’ only win), San Jose State, La. Tech, Nevada and New Mexico State rolled around (all winnable games), and been a little more competitive in losses to Boise State and Hawaii?
No one will ever know.
Nelson will be facing some of the same questions in Provo as he did in Logan, but his supporting cast will be much better.
At 6-foot-1 (with his helmet and cleats on), the rumors are already flying that he’s not tall enough to play a vital role for the Cougars.
Others are saying his arm isn’t strong enough, while others are saying the offensive game he knows and once thrived in isn’t anything BYU does.
And, I’m not disagreeing either.
BYU will have running backs aplenty so he won’t need to run the football, and they will have wide receivers, tight ends and slot backs that can catch the ball, and his job will be to get it to them.
Thus leading to the next question: Will his arm strength be enough? Will he be able to see over the 6-foot-6 offensive and defensive linemen? Will he be patient enough to stay in the pocket and let a play develop instead of trying to run his way out of it ala Bob Jensen, and that didn’t serve the Cougars well.
A southpaw Ty Detmer he just may become.
Again, only time will tell.

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