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Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 8:30 a.m. MDT

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Omaha, NE

@ Uteanymous:

Not sure why you keep bringing up the U. I keep asking, WHO has Jason coached into an NFL caliber QB. My point is that Taysom can have all the talent in the world but if he isn't developed correctly it might be wasted.

Dennis Erickson's resume:
Ken Hobart Drafted by New York Jets 1984
Scott Linehan: signed a rookie free agent contract with Dallas Cowboys 1987
John Melvin "Deep" Friesz: Played for San Diego Chargers, Redskins, Seahawks, Patriots
Brock Osweiler: drafted by Denver Broncos 2012
Gino Torretta: (Heisman trophy award 1992) drafted by Vikings 1993

DE has mentored the above mentioned QBs (to name a few) and this is his first year with Utah, so your statement has no point...or does it :)


Sparkley Briefs
New York, NY

Thank you BYU fans for your many posts. I am now fully convinced that Hill will be the next great QB to come out of BYU and star in the NFL!

West Point , UT

Tim Tebow, Jake Locker...those are closer comparisons, and neither one could pass early in their career. As the game slows down with experience, QBs make quicker reads, don't rush their delivery, and produce in completetion percentage and passer rating. Taysom will be just fine, he just needs more time and experience, just as Locker & Tebow needed.

For ute fans and haters that enjoy unhealthy skepticism, did any of you watch CKap when he was a Freshman/Sophomore? He was awful throwing the ball, and when he did complete passes they were usually slants and swing passes not where he had to make reads and progressions. I agree that Kap isn't a good comparison for Hill because he is a 6'6 freak that can run. But in terms of early passing struggles, CKap was as bad as they come...unwatchable at times.

Bakersfield, CA

Taysom may run like Kappy but he cant throw like him!

What will happen when Utah loads up 9 in the box and dares Taysom to throw?

From the last 2 weeks I wouldn't think it is going to go well unless he can stop throwing air balls and horse shoes!

Salt Lake City, UT


You're assuming that a first-year QB coach can't be a successful QB coach.

You're also assuming that a coach with previous success as a QB coach will continue to be a successful QB coach.

But, you have no proof that either assumption is correct.

Until last season, no freshman had ever won the Heisman Trophy - yet Johnny Manziel did.

Until last season, Utah State hadn't beaten the Utes in 15 years - yet the Aggies did.

Just because something hasn't happened ever, or in a very long time, doesn't mean it can't happen.

Conversely, just because something has happened in the past, doesn't mean it will happen again in the future.

New coaches and players come onto the scene and flourish.

Old coaches and players who were once very successful fade.

Norm Chow was once a very successful QB coach at BYU. He was far less successful as a QB coach at Utah.

Dennis Erickson won 2 national championships at Miami. Since then, he was 31-17 at Oregon State, 4-8 at Idaho, and 31-31 at ASU with only one winning season.

Past results are no guarantee of future success.

Cottonwood, CA

Have you actually watched kapernick? Hill has a long way to go to be just a 50% passer. He tucks and runs at the first sign of difficulty. Kapernick is a stud,he makes good decisions,hits receivers and is very accurate. What kind of caffeine free coke are you guys drinking?

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA


Or you could stay and choose not to comment.

Comparing what someone may become to what someone already is, is NOT news. Nobody says it is. It is editorial comment. Newspapers do that too. It's okay. It sparks public debate. Which can be healthy.

Discussing the various interpretation of facts, and extrapolating them to some unknown future conclusion, is interesting. It should be taken with a grain of salt. Either way. But disparaging an opinion, accompanied by facts and statistics, is as senseless as me telling someone not to comment at all.

Those of my fellow BYU fans who dismissed Alex have been proven wrong. Sort of. Collin grew into the rock star he is today, he didn't burst full blown onto the scene. The jury is still out on Tebow, but right now doesn't look too good.

Hill is an enigma. One unfortunate tackle could end the discussion right there. But he has already accomplished something that very few qbs ever do. That seems to be a bitter pill for some of you to have to swallow.

Lincoln City, OR

By the time that Taysom finishes his 3 years at BYU I fully expect that he will be comparing well with Kaep as well as some of the previous successful QBs at BYU... He's quick, he's athletic, and he has a bag full of tools... He also has a strong arm, that just needs to be tamed.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

After last night's (09/16) game, please don't compare Taysom Hill to Colin Kaepernick. That would be disrespectful to Taysom!

South Jordan, UT

Loved this article!

Love our QB, Taysom Hill! Great game against GT!

Go Cougars!

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