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Thursday, April 5, 2012

BYU Football: Did you know? (Riley Nelson’s Career Passing Yards)

With just one more year to play, Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson won’t finish his BYU career with an impressive total career passing yards. However, he can make a serious move up the BYU Career Passing Yards list this coming season.
Did you know that Riley Nelson needs 3,105 yards passing in 2012 to finish his career with the 12th most career passing yards in BYU history?
Nelson currently sits at number 24 on the career passing yards list with 2,021, and 3,105 yards in 2012 would give Nelson 5,126 yards for his career.

Virgil Carter (1964-66) is the current number 12 with 5,125 yards. Carter isn’t the only notable name Nelson could leap frog this year. Gary Sheide (1973-74) is currently number 13 with 4,524 yards (2,503 more than Nelson), and current BYU offensive coordinator Brandon Doman (2000-01) is number 14 with 4,354 yards (2,333 more than Nelson).

They guy Nelson replaced at quarterback midway thorough 2011 (Jake Heaps, 2010-11) is at number 16 with 3,768 yards (1,743 more than Nelson).

Number 11 on the list is Gifford Nielsen (1975-77) with 5,833 yards. Nelson would need 3,813 yards to surpass Nielsen. While not impossible, it is very improbable.

Nelson averaged 245.3 yards passing per game in 2011. Assuming a bowl game, he would have to average 238.8 yards to reach the number 12 spot, and 293.3 yards to move into number 11.

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