QB to Walk On at BYU

With Matt Berry graduating this season and John Beck graduating after the next, BYU is looking to stockpile quarterbacks for potentially lean years to come. A former Utah prep All-Stater will add his name to the list after recently returning from his LDS mission.

Brock Hansen out of Alta high school has accepted an invitation from Coach Bronco Mendenhall to walk on to the team this coming fall. Hansen was a 2nd-team All-State quarterback during his senior season in which he threw for over 2000 yards. He is also the older brother of Braden Hansen who is BYU's first verbal commitment to BYU for the class of 2006.

"I'm so excited to get going," said Hansen. "I've always dreamed of playing quarterback for BYU and now I have my chance. To be able to play down at BYU is a great opportunity for me, even as a walk-on."

Hansen is merely two weeks removed from serving an LDS mission to Venezuela and during those two weeks Hansen has been a very busy young man. "Oh, it's been crazy," said Hansen with a slight Spanish accent. I went down to Snow where I signed out of high school to play and where I red-shirted my first year and played in their spring practice for a week."

How did the recently returned missionary fare during that first week of practice after immediately returning home from South America after his two-year mission? "Oh man, I threw my first pass in practice and it went straight into the ground," he recalled with a laugh. "I have a ways to go, but I feel I've made a lot of progress in just that one week. I ended my practices down there throwing a touchdown pass during my last scrimmage, so I'm getting it back to where I can play like I used to."

Hansen was contacted almost immediately by BYU's coaches and specifically by Coach Brandon Doman upon returning home from his mission. "It was just after my brother had committed to play for them and it was in the middle of spring practice, so they couldn't tell me much," Hansen recalled. "After my first conversations with them I just decided to play for Snow again."

That changed when Doman again approached Hansen following BYU's own spring practice. "I don't know why, but it just felt different the second time they talked to me", said Hansen. "I left that second conversation just ecstatic to have the chance to play for BYU. I don't know why it was different, but just listening to Coach Doman and then to Coach Mendenhall really got me fired up and I decided to transfer and to walk-on at BYU this coming fall."

Although Hansen is well aware of BYU's difficulties on the football field over the past few seasons, he's very confident that Coach Mendenhall has righted the ship and BYU will be back to where they once were. "You just get so excited talking to Coach Doman and the other guys," said Hansen. "You just get the feeling that you can't fail if you follow them. Coach Doman is just so personable, just has great people skills and he's someone who I watched playing quarterback before my mission. He was a great quarterback and I know he'll be a great coach as well."

Hansen is a 6'3", 220-pound quarterback who describes himself as a dropback passer who can effectively adapt to BYU's new offense. "I just feel it's a perfect fit for me all the way around," he said. "I'm just going to go down there and give it my all. I don't want to be just a career backup, I want to play. Hopefully things will work out for me and for BYU. I'm just so excited to even have the opportunity to play for the school I've always dreamed of playing at."

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