Summarized by Kent Larsen
Cougar QB Berry to Go On Mission
Salt Lake Tribune 7Jan00 S2
PROVO, UTAH -- Highly regarded freshman quarterback Matt Berry has
decided to go on a mission rather than fight for the starting spot on
next season's roster, leaving the battle for the starting position
between returned missionaries Bret Engemann and Charlie Peterson. Berry
expects to leave on a mission by the middle of February.
Berry was rated among the top dozen prep quarterbacks in the nation at
Eastlake High School in Seattle, Washington. He is still expected to
play for BYU when he returns, as a redshirt freshman, in spring 2002.
Engemann will be a senior at that point, and Peterson will no longer be
Berry says that his decision is the best for him, "It had to do with
football," he said. "I just need to go and serve the Lord and serve
other people." He says that the competition for the quarterback spot did
not influence his decision.
Meanwhile, Engemann and Peterson are both still seeking the starting
quarterback position, which bears the dubious prize of facing the
defending national champions, Florida State, in the Pigskin Classic to
open the season.