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Published: Monday, July 29 2013 4:40 p.m. MDT

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Cougar_Independence
OMAHA, NE

Looking forward to seeing a great QB again at BYU. Taysom Hill was recruited by Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and for good reason: this kid is really good. Just watch the Hawaii game from last year and you will see his accuracy, speed, athleticism, and qb instincts.

2013 football season cannot come soon enough!

Go Cougs!

Dnquixote
Las Vegas, NV

I have a serious question. Is there any chance the Hill goes the way of Heaps and Nelson? Where fans as sure about those two as they are now about Hill? I remember the confidence fans had in those guys prior to the season starting.
Hill clearly has more speed and strength than either of those guys, but does he have the passing skills (pre meltdown) of heaps?

R.A.W
St George, Utah

Dnquixote,

That's a legitimate question. However, the answer is simple.

Anae will be the difference. Anae only had one season with Heaps before leaving for Arizona. Although Heaps was anything but spectacular he did break several Freshman records at BYU. And look at the other two QB's Anae groomed in his first stint as BYU's OC. Neither John Beck nor Max Hall had the abilities of Taysom Hill but both were successful. Taysom is a pure athlete, with the smarts and skill to be one of the greats. The difference will be coaching. And I think Anae knows how to get the best out of his QB's.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Dnquixote,

To answer your questions, there is always a chance that Hill will go the way of Heaps and Nelson. Anything can happen. Personally, I was sure about Heaps. He had great skills, but had his head in a bad place. Things could have been better for him, and I think had he redshirted and let his head cool a bit and had Anae stayed, he would still be a great QB for the Y. I think he will do well at Kansas, and if he gets his head in the right place I could even be an excellent QB that will turn heads.

As for Nelson, I never really bought into him. He did well at times, but was more disappointing. Heaps showed more potential (in skills; what Heaps lacked in leadership, Nelson lacked in skills, and vice versa, or so it seemed). Especially with his injuries, he should not have played as much as he did. He was responsible for a lot of loses.

However, I do not think that Hill will go the way of Heaps or Nelson. He has a cooler head than Heaps, but with the same (or better) skills. I could be wrong.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Dnquixote
Las Vegas, NV

Thank you so much for asking an insightful question.

Not too worried about Hill going the way of Riley. Riley was an overachiever battling uphill the whole time. Hopefully Hill learned from Riley absolute determination and selflessness in sacrifice for the team. Those may be traits he already possesses, but Riley could certainly teach him that.

Not too worried about Hill going the way of Jake. I think Jake had too much of an entitlement attitude, and Taysom has already had to overcome an adversity that would dispel most attitude problems. Also he's older and had the mission experience.

Do I worry that he just won't measure up to expectations? A little, but Jim Harbaugh had faith in him, and he's off to a decent start. Hopefully he'll benefit from better line play and a better offensive scheme, especially one that doesn't intentionally run him repeatedly into the unnecessary risk of injury.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

I echo the thinking of R.A.W in that Anae most likely makes a huge difference with the O line and the QB as well.

Heaps was better his freshman year than he was after Anae left. Sure the competition was weaker the latter half of Heaps freshman year when he was starting but it was better than the first year of independence that came the following season when the stats were misleading. To me Heaps showed better poise his freshman year and it seems obvious as I see it that Anae gets through to his offensive players and progress is usually seen.

The knee is a concern, but Cougar fans have good reason to believe Hill has recovered with the time frame since the injury and that Hill is more mature in the process. As a RM, gifted athlete, and one tested in adversity, Hill scares me as a Ute fan.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Heaps was Domaned - plain and simple.

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