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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 eligible.

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.


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