Jason Beck to Fulfill Childhood Dream in BYU Blue

A 6-2, 205 pound junior college quarterback who committed last week to BYU assistant <b>Barry Lamb</b>, will fulfill a childhood dream when he dons BYU blue next season as a possible future quarterback star.

Jason Beck, the College of the Canyons standout – who may or may not be distantly related to another Cougar quarterback, John Beck, said, "I grew up a huge BYU fan and always dreamed of playing quarterback for the Cougars. When they came calling, the decision to accept a scholarship to was pretty easy."

Beck received a lot of interest from Baylor, Kansas State and Iowa – all of whom were ready to offer a scholarship, according to Beck. However, when BYU entered the picture, he said he didn't really want to look anywhere else.

"BYU is a perfect situation for me. They have an atmosphere that is consistent with my beliefs and I feel that I can compete for a starting job next season with the other two quarterbacks they now have in the program."

Beck is LDS and served an LDS mission in the Colorado, Denver North mission. He wasn't highly recruited out of high school because of the offense his high school team featured. "We ran a Wing-Two, in which we hardly threw the ball at all. I got a chance to run a lot, but passing wasn't a big thing in that offense, so I didn't have many schools recruiting me to play quarterback for them."

That all changed when Beck settled at College of the Canyons where the difference in offense was night and day. "We run a spread offense with a lot of quarterback draws, some option and a lot of rollouts."

One of the main factors Beck brings to the table that makes him attractive to Coach Gary Crowton is his ability to run the option and quarterback draw. Beck was the third-leading rusher on his team and accounted for six rushing touchdowns, but he doesn't consider himself a "running" quarterback.

"I'm mobile and I can run if I need to, but I don't think that is all I can do. I can do the other stuff to. I know that Coach Crowton likes a wide-open offense and I feel that I'm well-suited for it."

Beck will enroll in January and start competing with Matt Berry, John Beck and Jackson Brown for the starting and starring quarterback role this spring. "When I go up there on my visit, we're going to work all that stuff out so I can enroll in January. I just want to get started and be able to compete as best possible. I know they already have two guys that know the offense, but I just want to help where I can. I know BYU is the place for me and this is seriously a dream come true for me."

Beck confirmed his teammate Nick Longshore, a 6-5, 270-pound offensive lineman who is also a returned missionary, also committed last week to play for BYU as well.

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