BYU quarterback Zach Wilson put on a show Tuesday night in the Boca Raton Bowl, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for two more in the first half alone as part of a 49-23 thrashing of Central Florida.
Wilson finished the game 26 of 34 for 425 yards, was named offensive MVP and may have provided Jets fans with a glimmer of hope after their team likely blew their chance to select Clemson stud quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Jets, following Sunday’s upset of the Rams, are slated to pick second, but they may still eye a quarterback even if the Jaguars choose Lawrence with the top selection.
Wilson and Ohio State star Justin Fields are considered the top quarterback prospects behind Lawrence.
The Jets will have to decide whether either is worth moving on from Sam Darnold, who has been inconsistent and hampered by injuries since being selected with the third pick in the 2018 draft.
A baby-faced 21-year-old junior from Utah, Wilson entered the year relatively unknown, but shot up the draft board after throwing 30 touchdown passes — seven more than he threw in his first two seasons — with just three interceptions during BYU’s 10-1 regular season.