Signing with the club as a free agent in the offseason, Beck emerged from training camp as the club’s back-up quarterback behind Kevin Glenn. While dressing for all 18 regular season games, limited offensive reps saw him attempt just 41 passes on the year, completing 19 for a total of 287 yards with five touchdowns. His finest performance of the season came in a pivotal game in Winnipeg in October in which he took over for an injured Glenn and hooked up with receiver Ernest Jackson for a 21-yard major before hitting Kito Poblah for a 55-yard TD and an eventual 28-23 Lions win.
2003-2006: John served a two-year Mormon mission prior to attending BYU and was a 22 year-old true freshman in 2003. He became just the second true freshman in school history to start a game for the Cougars and picked up his first career win over San Diego State. Over the next three seasons the strong-armed pivot would go on to earn a number of awards including two First-Team Mountain West selections (2005, 2006) and the MWC Offensive Player of the Year (2006). He wrapped up his time at BYU with 43 appearances, 1,418 attempts, 885 completions, 11,021 passing yards and 79 touchdowns. He also led the school to its first post-season win in a decade with a 38-8 Las Vegas Bowl win over Oregon.