All we can ask for is improvement from one game to the next. As far as I can
tell, there has been consistent improvement each game. Taysom needs to develop
a little more trust with his receivers, and then his short range passing will
dramatically improve, and the confidence of this team will sky rocket.So have we turned the corner yet? No... and yes. There still is improvement
and we have a ways to go, but yes, Taysom slayed the monster that has been
holding him down. I think we will see a much more confident QB from here on
@howard sPer usual, only Ute fans like you making such
proclamations. Show me even one statement by a BYU fan hyping Hill as a Heisman
candidate. It is interesting that BYU is hated by some because of outrageous
statements about their talent when most of those statements are from Ute
I hope that all the Cougar injuries, and especially the loss of USU Keeton,
isn't lost on Cougar coaches. As well as Hill has played, all it could take
is one routine play, and his season would be over. It happened last year, and it
happened to USU Friday night.Since all injuries can't be
prevented, duh, it would seem to be wisdom to prepare for them. Thus far in five
games, backup Ammon Olsen has thrown one- ONE- pass, and that was a throw
away.Even with safe leads against Texas, Middle Tennessee, and USU,
all Ammon has been able to do is hand the ball off. Let us hope he isn;t needed
to throw the ball in earnest any time soon.
So glad the Hill for Heisman train is back on track... choo... choo....
@BlameItOnTheOfficials"I suspect they aren't graduates of
our University and merely want to appear as such."I think you
are probably correct about this, considering I know so many exactly like this.
These are the utah "fans" I so often reference here. They have simply
decided that they are going to be "fans" of utah, which is fine of
course people decide to like specific teams for all kinds of reasons, but for
most of these types they decided to be utah "fans" because they dislike
Mormons, or dislike BYU, and that is an easy way to display their hatred.Most never attended college anywhere, and most of them have no ties
whatsoever to the university of utah other than they live in utah and leached
on. But that is the reality of a very large segment of the utah
fanbase so that is simply something you'll have to tolerate. But most of us realize it is a segment, not a totality, of the Utah fanbase.
We know there are real fans like yourself who are decent fans and not haters.
Some nice comments from some Utes. Good example to Utes and Cougars alike. For
what its worth, I think Utah is a legit team and the UCLA game was impressive,
especially given the turnovers. I think the Utes will pull off some big wins
this year. Good luck
Hill looked great, wish he was ready to play 4 week ago.
Good game for Taysom. Hope his passing continues to improve. Hated seeing
Keeton go down. Hope he can return but it doesn't look good.
It was a fair game for Hill. Just think how well he might have done if the
O-line had not been as porous as a soup strainer. I realize that a lot of
linemen have been injured recently but, holy cow, BYU is in trouble if they
don't fix that problem.That being said they did well enough to
score that many points on a good defense.I find if humorous, if not
infuratiating, when I read comments from the BYU haters on the ute side who
claim that the game would have been totally different if Keeton had not gotten
injured, but refuse to even concede that the game against the U would have been
any different if Williams had not been injured along with the other guys who
were out; not to mention if Hadley had not been suspended.I'm
hoping for a miracle: I'd love for Utah to win enough games to be bowl
eligible and somehow get invited to play BYU.
As I suspected, if given the opportunity, Taysom will be a great quarterback.
I watched the game on tv here. I think BYU played a good game and I think
Taysom is a cutie!! I'll always be a Ute but I don't think I need to
cut down the cougars just to make myself feel better about an Aggie loss.
Dear Cougar fans, Please accept my apologies for the poor example of Ute nation
that Chris B. and so many others portray. We are not all classless dummies with
poor sportsmanship. Your cougars put up a balanced attack through the air and
on the ground. It was too much for the Aggies and the better team won.
It's shameful that so many of my fellow Utes are displaying such childish
behavior. I suspect they aren't graduates of our University and merely
want to appear as such. Congratulations on a good win.
Hill deserves all the praise he is getting. I think his teammates and coaches
deserve a lot of credit for rallying behind him. I was sorry to see
Chuckie go down though. I think the game would have been more exciting with both
teams at full strength.
Utah State has a good defense so this was Hill's most impressive game
passing. I don't know if I would call it a stellar game but
you do have to give him credit for beating Utah State with his arm when no one
thought he could.
@BlueHuskyI am not saying abandon the running game. Iam just saying
keep the defense honest by mixing up the plays. Pass more often on 1st and 2nd
down, especially as they load the box. In the Utah game BYU got into a rhythm a
couple times through the air only to revert to the predictable run game when
they got in the red zone. More than anything else our play selection in the red
zone is what lost that game.(By the way, I am also a Blue Husky of
sorts, graduating from BYU and getting my graduate degree from U of Washington.
Huskies red hot this year!)
Holy cow, do we see the rudimentary characteristics of a complete
quarterback?I watched the game on TV so I could only see what the
camera showed. I got a sense that Taysom Hill went through his reads and looked
for open receivers, not just focused on his first option regardless. He has a
much better throw than the previous quarterback, and at time has great
throws.If he continues to improve through the rest of the year we
may be onto something awesome for a few years. Just in time for Mangum to get
home, get up to speed and take over. Last night was fun to watch.Side note, really sorry to hear about Chucky Keaton. Classy quarterback and
overall the best quarterback in the state. I hope it is not as serious as some
After getting off to a slow start, which can partially be blamed on wet, soggy
conditions and getting his timing back after rehabbing from knee surgery, Taysom
Hill's passing efficiency has improved from 123rd, dead last, to 112th, in
the last two weeks. By comparison, at 97.4, Taysom is only 10 spots
behind Jake Heaps, 102nd at 105.1. Still a long ways behind Travis Wilson who
has fallen out of the top 10, 44th at 146.2.For the week:Taysom - 17/31, 278 yds, 3 TD, 1 int, 155.7 eff. rating, Raw QBR, 50.6, Adj
QBR 68.7Travis - 22/44, 288 yds, 2 TD, 6 int, 92.7 eff. rating, Raw QBR,
15.3, Adj QBR 52.8
Hill's performance was solid, but I would not say "stellar". He
still has a tendency to overthrow or underthrow his receivers, and poor Ross Apo
is still having the ball thrown at his feet every time his number is called. And
then there was Hill's fumble on their own 15 that gave USU its only
touchdown of the game until garbage time when the game was safely put away and
BYU had pulled all their starters on defense. Point is, Hill has made definite
progress the last two games, but he still has a lot to work on. I am hopeful he
will get there, if not this season, then next.
Excellent as always!
I saw improvement. If he continues to improve, with hard work and experience, he
will be a very good QB. I did not expect him to be Ty or Steve or Jim from one
game to the other...I hoped for definite improvement...and he showed it. Nice
game, Taysom and Co.I hope for the best for Chuckie and for the
Aggies. I hated seeing him go down...the game lost luster for me.
Georgia Tech is a triple option team that's a lot like Air Force but
quicker. We played this team last year at Georgia Tech and beat them pretty
easily. We should win this game because our defense is not the kind of team to
execute this type of offense against. Georgia Tech is 3-1 but 2 of those wins
were against Elon and Duke not exactly stellar football teams. The North
Carolina win was not bad, but BYU defense is much better than North Carolina.
I'm hoping that the kind of game Taysom Hill had against Utah State is no
fluke once-in-a-while thing. People compare him to Tebow, but he actually
reminds me of Eric Crouch who played for Nebraska from 1997-2001. Crouch won the
Heisman is 2001 and was a great passer and runner in college. Crouch was a
speedy runner like Taysom, not stocky and a power runner like Tebow. Crouch was
on a terror in 2001 because he was quick and could pass the ball. Defenses had a
hard time dealing with him because they couldnt box the defense or Crouch would
kill them with his arm. Hill can be that.
Cautiously optimistic. This all depends on a capable O-line allowing Hill the
time to make decisions. Loved the fact that Ridley was a great target. Last night's success was dependent upon an average defense. It's too
bad that Keeton was injured and that Hill faced a team distracted by that
event.A great improvement. Hope it continues.
Not silenced. He has a lot of work to do. He is hitting wide open recievers on
blown coverage. He is getting better though. It will be good to see him hit
receivers in stride and with timing and touch. My observation is that he looks
to run first and is running around before finding a target to hit. That could
be due to pressure...but it is also because he's not a true passing qb.
I still think that Hill's success and failure is largely contingent on the
play calling. It was embarrassing how many times BYU still tried to run up the
middle on a defense that was shutting them down. Thank heavens the coaching
staff made adjustments this game and started calling throws. Once the passing
game is clicking then that diamond formation becomes pretty effective.
@idabluIt was frustrating to see Anae calling running plays into the teeth
of that defense. But what if he had not? They would have pummelled Hill down
after down. Send the house and ignore the run.I think Anae knows his
job better than we do.As for Hill's passing, it was excellent
last year before he got hurt. I have been saying all along that Hill will
mature.He'll be a great quarterback. If he can stay healthy.
Did you notice that he minimized the hit by sliding, running out of bounds and
one time dropping to his knees to avoid the hit.Smart boy.
He'll be the next great BYU QB.Bummer about Chuckie, though.
I'm sorry for you Aggie fans.
It seems that for the most part of Bronco's tenure, BYU has started off
slow ( a lot of 1-2 startes), but then things start clicking by the fourth game
of the season.Finally, Hill had some time to throw and finally the
receivers looked to be in sync. The O-line still needs improvement, but hey,
there was significant improvement. In the fourth quarter Anae took his foot off
the gas maybe to work the clock and who knows, maybe out of respect for USU.
On to Georgia Tech.
This was Hills best performace because it was in Logan with a sell out crowd and
a very good defensive team. Hill's perseverance through rehab and then all
the critics after the Utah disaster shows that Hill can produce impressive
numbers. BYU came to play football in Logan and that was very refreshing.
It was really nice to see Hill win with his arm tonight... No question it will
help his confidence... I can't say however that he has completely turned
the corner... There was still a handful of mid-range passes that he missed or
threw behind the receiver (but of those there was probably 3 or 4 balls that
should have been caught...I just wish we could be playing utah this
next week instead of GT... I think we would probably like the results alot
I think that Taysom came out and gave quite a quality performance. I have always
been one of his supporters.
It was a good performance - not stellar. We will see how he performs against
Wisconsin and other teams coming up. Sorry but I think as long as Hill wants
to run the ball, he will never be a stellar quarterback. Think Tebow!
I am so glad that teams have finally stacked the box, forced the pass and made
Taysom beat them with his arm. Oops, that didn't work. Now what are they
going to try? Anae is learning, the offensive line is constantly changing which
is a challenge to coach, the running backs are using a turnstile to get out on
the field or into the hospital. Hope Alisa can get another year. Hope Hine is
back next week, good to see Brown getting playing time and Jamaal and Lasike
stay healthy.I love to see the growth, coaching and development of
the team.By the way, Utah State fans have been gracious and good
sports. Thanks.Don't know who this other people are.
Wasn't their game Thursday?
Could not happen to a nicer guy or better man. Go Taysom!
Good article. USU losing CK hurt their offense, but Hill played against the
defense. Great job and pleasantly surprised. I've worried that it would
take time for Hill to grow and then figure out Anae's offense so it's
nice to see that happening. Looking forward the GTech game. Going for 3 in a
31-14 not 31-10
Hill and this offense has potential. Imagine what this offense could do if they
didn't waste the first 2 plays of every series. When the
running game wasn't working very well tonight, the passing game was
working. It's just that Anae kept abandoning the passing game to run the
same run play up the middle over and over again. Aside from 2 long runs by
Williams and Hill, USU pretty much shut down the rushing game by loading the
box.Take what the defense gives you and PASS THE STINKING BALL!
Taysom Hill is emerging as a legitimate dual-threat QB, a scary thought for