New QB Coaching Candidate Tosses Hat Into the Ring

TBS has received word of a new candidate for the quarterback coaching position at BYU. This candidate is not only familiar with football in the state of Utah and the Mountain West Conference, he is has first hand experience with the BCS and NFL scenes.

With a nation wide search to fill coaching staff vacancies left by departing tight end coach Mike Empey and wide receiver's coach Todd Bradford, BYU offensive coaches have had to put down the clipboard and take up the manager's hat with being part of the hiring process for a fellow staff member.

Names such as Darrell Bevel, Charlie Stubbs, Ty Detmer and have been joined in the latest round of news by Timpview High School's head coach Brad Van Orden as possible candidates. However, one name that hasn't surfaced in the news or been discussed on internet message boards is that of former USC quarterback and UNLV quarterback Coach Brad Otten.

Otten began his playing career at Weber State. After a year in Ogden, Utah, Otten headed to Italy as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Otten did not return to Weber State after his mission, however. He traded the snowy mountains of Utah for the sunny beaches of California when he signed on with the Trojans of USC.

In 1996 Rose Bowl, Otten helped lead the Trojans past Northwestern 41 to 32. In the 1997 draft, Interactive Sports had Otten projected as the 4th fourth quarterback to be drafted quarterback behind Jake Druckenmiller of Virginia Tech, Jake Plummer of Arizona State and Pat Barnes of California, and ahead of Koy Detmer of Colorado at 9th and BYU's very own Steve Sarkasian as the 12th. Coming out of USC Otten signed by the Washington Redskins, but his pro career was cut short by knee injury.

Otten found work after the NFL at UNLV where John Robinson, Otten's coach at USC, had relocated. With Coach Robinson's retirement, Otten has not been retained by new UNLV Head Coach Mike Sanford.

TBS has learned that Coach Brad Otten, who is LDS, was recently interviewed as a possible candidate to possibly fill in one of the staff vacancies as BYU's newest quarterback's coach.

TBS learned that while visiting his in-laws for the holidays in Bountiful, Utah, Otten received a phone call in a formal request for an interview for quarterback coaching position. Already in Utah, Otten made the trek down south and interviewed for the possible job opening.

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