BYU: Taysom Hill named starting QB
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]YU’s Bronco Mendenhall released a post-spring depth chart yesterday, and as expected, sophomore Taysom Hill is the starter at quarterback.
Sophomore Ammon Olsen is listed as Hill’s backup.
“We have named Taysom the starter because of his game experience in 2012, strong leadership qualities and his breakaway speed and athleticism,” Mendenhall said in a press release. “Ammon also had a phenomenal spring. I am confident in his ability. We have two very capable quarterbacks.”
A Pocatello, Id. native, Hill signed with Stanford out of high school in 2009, but left for an LDS mission to Australia before enrolling. He returned from the mission in December 2011 to find that Stanford does not allow incoming freshman to enroll until June each year, and decided to go to BYU where he was able to enroll in January and immediately go on scholarship.
As a true freshman in 2012, Hill played in six games, starting two, before he was sidelined with a knee injury. Hill, who was 2-0 as a starter and named the FBS Independents Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 1, completed 42 of 71 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed 55 times for 336 yards and four scores.
The Cougars spent spring ball working to become comfortable with new offensive coordinator Robert Anae’s fast-paced offense.
Mendenhall said before last Friday’s final spring scrimmage that learning to play at a quick tempo while remaining physical is the offensive staff’s chief concern.
“No. 1 is the conditioning of the physical play with speed,” he said. “That has to continue to happen. The position mastery within the schemes is going to have to happen at a really high level so we can be consistent enough to move the ball and stop opponents from being able to move the ball from beginning to end, not just bits and pieces here and there.”
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