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The Journey of Taysom Hill

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 6:39 p.m. MDT

Our take: Cougar QB Taysom Hill was offered a full scholarship to play in the Pac-12 for the Stanford Cardinals but after serving an LDS mission, decided to turn the offer down.

It didn't take Taysom Hill long to endear himself to BYU fans. On Hill's first play as a BYU Cougar, he took the snap, rolled right and hit Kaneakua Friel for an 18-yard touchdown. It sounds easy, but a lot had to happen for the freshman to get his chance.

Back in 2009, Hill was the 30th ranked high school quarterback in the country. Hill made sure schools knew he planned to serve a 24 month LDS Mission, and when the Stanford Cardinal offered him a chance to play, he committed. It's tough to pass up a free education at one of the countries top universities, while also having the opportunity to play football in the Pac-12.

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