Comments about ‘Landon Hemsley: Where are all the detractors of BYU quarterback Taysom Hill's arm now?’

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Published: Sunday, Oct. 13 2013 11:42 p.m. MDT

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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

No kidding! He"s been really good

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

It's simple, Taysom was terrible with his passing game early on and has gotten much better.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

That pass from Hill to Cody Hoffman in the end zone in the GT game laid all of this to rest. It was #2 on the Top Ten Plays in college football last night on ESPN.

Go Cougars!

k56sportsfan
Draper, UT

Still not a big fan of T Hill. I again saw him in person last night @ LES. That long throw to Hoffman showed off more accuracy in a long pass w/ his arm, BUT that was the wrong read -- he had his receiver on a seam route that would've been the correct read and pass to make on that play.
If you notice -- almost all of his passes are to his primary receiver. However, in last night's game did, on one or two occasions, he did actually make a pass play by working through the plays progression to hit his 2nd and a 3rd receiver options -- that's progress. But a starting QB, who is GOOD Div I QB, should be able to do that -- especially a BYU-trained QB (that is - if we're still going to be known as the "QB Factory").
I still believe that Ammon Olsen is the better, prototypical, BYU QB.

dansimp
Layton, UT

I love BYU football, but k56, holy cow, you are the kind of fan that makes me crazy. The touchdown pass, that was right on the hands of the receiver, "was the wrong read". I just..you..good heavens. So ridiculous.

k56sportsfan
Draper, UT

Sorry "dansimp" my previous comment regarding the "seam route" was wrong- the "open" receiver was on a corner route. The ball wasn't "on the money" it was behind the receiver- the reason it was on the Top Ten Plays was because C Hoffman made an incredible catch.

k56sportsfan
Draper, UT

But "dansimp" if you want BYU to get to the "next level" (BCS member or a BCS Buster) then it's going to take more than just a lucky throw or two. It's going to take real consistency play out of a real Div I QB.
But if you want to occasionally beat Utah, etc., then BYU should stay on this path.
Guarantee you that the more BYU continues to build it's O around T Hill -- the less likely BYU will get the attention of receivers who want to be the next Hoffman... Do you really think top HS receivers want to come play for a team that "occasionally" throws the ball with the effectiveness we saw last night against a marginal "ACC" team.
Do you really know why C Hoffman was suspended for a game a couple of weeks ago? Have you ever noticed C Hoffman's + Apo's body language in previous games?
"Winning cures all ills" especially for BYU Fans- but it's merely a band aid for now.

72coug12
casper, WY

Landon,
Hill looked very good Saturday. No question about that. However, in his last three games he has better stats but against a weakened USU team, a pretty bad G. Tech team and someplace in TEnn that no one has ever heard of. Are you going to be able to write the same column after Boise State, Wisconsin and ND?

Now for the real question? Finally, Finally, Finally, Anae had the team throw on something other than third down. And BYU passed the ball well when Hill wasn't pressured. But then in the second half, for some unknown reason Anae returns to running up the middle on both first and second down and gives Hill long 3rd down situatoins. And....the second half was not nearly as good. So the question is why did Anae change what was working? Or the better question...why Anae?

souptwins
Lindon, UT

72coug-- I had the same question about the play calling in the 2nd half. An old woman in the upper deck knew they'd run it up the middle on 1st & 2nd down so why on earth wouldn't the GTech defense? We were not far enough ahead to be going on cruise control at that point with a whole half to play. Better teams will make us pay for that strategy. I'm hoping the team doesn't look past Houston or think their 5-0 mark is nothing more than a reflection of their schedule. Yes, they've played weak teams but know BYU is their toughest match and will prepare accordingly.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

I think there is some merrit to what K56 says but there is also more criticism than I think is deserved... I do think that the Hill-Hoffman connection highlighted Hoffman more than Hill but it was still a very good throw... I also agree that Hill gives up a little too early on his receiver check offs, but he is getting better... And I think that he still throws a few too many balls behind his Receivers...

However, K56 almost sounds like an Ammon Olsen Relative... I am from out of state and I have not seen the kid play other than to kill the clock. He maybe the Passing guru that he speaks of (in the form of Wilson or Nielson) but he doesn't look to have near the mobility that Hill has... Hill reminds me of a right handed younger Steve Young... I think that he is as good on his feet and has every bit of the arm strength that Young had and even has the football smarts of Young... He just doesn't have the experience or the battle scars yet... He will get them and he will be great, I have no doubt...

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

I agree with both 72coug and souptwins... I have far more concerns about our OC than I do our QB... You don't start trying to kill the clock with an 11 point lead in the 3rd quarter of a game... That may have been the worst called quarter that I have seen this year (other than the first 3 quarters in the Virginia game)...

If Hill had a little more experience I would say let Hill call his own plays for a quarter and see how he does... Anae needs to let these guys play... The open scheme has worked far better than the tackle dives that Anae has been calling on 1st and 2nd down when we get a lead...

I do have to make a comment on 72Coug's comment about the Utah State game... Thew aggies were not depleated on Defense simply because Keeton got hurt, he plays QB not Defense... In fact, Utah State at the time had a Defense that was rated higher than ours or the utes... So one should not short sell Hill's performance in Logan, it was excellent... And, GT's Defense was rated better than ours so again Hill deserves credit.

ClarkHippo
Tooele, UT

Taysom has played great in the last three games, but this week the Cougars play at the University of Houston, who, while not a Top 25 team, are nevertheless 5-0 so far this season.

That is followed by games against Boise State, at Wisconsin and at Notre Dame.

If Taysom can steadily improve, he should be able to lead the Cougars in at least two wins over those four teams. If he and the Cougars can pull off three or maybe four wins against those teams, than his critics will become more and more muted.

I would like to see OC Anae work on some plays where Taysom can get the ball to the tight ends more. That's not to rip on the Cougar receivers like Cody Hoffman, but when Cody is covered, Taysom should be able to connect with his tight ends.

Y-Ask-Y?
Provo, UT

Where are the "detractors"?

We are right here, and are unconvinced by such mediocre, inconsistent play.

Silly article.

ClarkHippo
Tooele, UT

Wisconsin is back in the AP Top 25 this week. If the Badgers are still ranked when they face BYU in a few weeks, and Taysom Hill leads the Cougars to a win in Madison, that would be a HUGE feather in his cap as well as in the cap of the entire Cougar team and coaching staff.

I know, it won't completely make up for the Utah loss, but to beat two ranks teams this season (the first one being Texas who was ranked #15 when they faced BYU), with one of those wins being on the road, would still be a big shot in the arm to Cougar Nation.

Go Cougars and Go Taysom Hill!

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

He was so bad, that a little improvement looks good. Let's see how he does against a tough defense like Wisconsin before we declare him a super star. I hope he is the best ever, but he has not shown it yet. He's now where he should have been for the start of the season.

flatlander
Omaha, NE

I think your story is premature. I don't like to judge quarterbacks by their arm until they play some top teams. Easy wins are easy wins no matter who is at QB

clwnuke
Park City, UT

k56sportsfan is right about the big touchdown pass. My view was from the back of the offense and Taysom never even looked at the wide-open receiver on the left corner route. I was just about to get upset when Cody made the miracle catch. Taysom was lucky the ball he threw was caught, but it wasn't the high quality read and pass we'd like to see.

There was also one misdirection play where Taysom three a 10 yard pass at the feet of the wide-open receiver with nothing but green in front of him. That was disappointing.

When Taysom makes the easy throws consistently, sees the open receivers, and stops leading the defense by focusing on one guy, I'll agree with this article.

That all being said - Good job Cougs!

Kaladin
Greeley, CO

Taysom is a SOPHOMORE. The Cougs implemented an entirely new offensive identity this year. We (sane fans) knew there would be some growing pains. Are they over? No. But has the team made some significant strides? Yes. Just think, the Cougs are a few drives away from undefeated with a young QB and a new offense. What's not to like?

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

Taysom Hill will go down as a great qb (if the line protects hims). A top 30 qb coming out of H.S.. Olsen completed only 57.1 percent of his passes at SUU.

Captain L
Provo, UT

Being only a sophomore , Hill will continue to improve and IMO he will improve to the point the NFL will want him, you don't get kids with his athleticism at the QB position all that often and he has a very strong arm and has shown touch lately, give him some time and he will shine.

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