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Published: Saturday, Oct. 26 2013 5:35 p.m. MDT

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Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

A lot of good boys come out of Idaho. Taysom is a good one. He will be one of the great QB's out of BYU.

Frisco, TX

I never doubted Hill's ability to run, but I questioned whether he would have the accuracy to be an elite QB. Now I look back on the trolls who called him Riley 2.0 and I chuckle just a little bit. There is no doubt he is "the real deal." I can't think of another QB who I would rather have at the helm than Hill.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hill has made a believer out of me. Now if he would just audible out of some of Anae's conservative calls he would be perfect!

Boise, ID

@ Pipes
Seriously man, you hit the nail right on the head. I wish I could "like" that comment 50 times. While I'm pleased that Anae has instilled an offense that is productive and seems to have found its rhythm, he needs to keep his foot on the pedal in the second half. The first half is always an exciting brand of football, and the second half is a snoozer. Maybe my expectations are too high, but I'm still waiting for a complete performance on the offensive side of the ball.

South Jordan, Utah

I too questioned his ability after seeing his performance the first part of the year. Typical myopic fan! No longer, however, Taysom has shown signs of greatness and if he stays healthy he could be one of the best to ever play at BYU.

Overton, NV

Quarterback A: 7/19, 85 yds passing, 1TD, 2 carries for -19 yds, QBR of 7.3.
Quarterback B: 27/41, 339 yds passing, 3 TDs, 18 carries for 69 yds and 1 TD, QBR of 86.1.

One of those is Taysom Hill. The other? Well, he plays for Kansas now.
I don't miss him at all. Something tells me his problems have nothing to do with coaching.


Hill has improved so much that it's sickening.

He truly has become a dual threat. Which opens up the run game for Jamal and the other backs. It's good to watch the passing game return to BYU.

Onward and Upward...


I have been lucky enough to know the Hill's and Taysom for a long time. Watching him play in HS was something to behold. I'm not kidding when I say no one in the last 30 years or EVERgas dominated the sport like T Hill did at Highland. They only lost a game his SR year to the Cali State Big School Champ Grant Union Pacers, a team that had 10-15 D1 players, many of which are still playing at PAC12 schools and Fresno St. He carried Highland in that game and Highland was the only team to really challenge them that year before Long Beach Poly. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that he's a special athlete that has that X factor and the ability to have everything slow down around him. He will be a Heisman contender and undoubtedly will move onto the NFL as long as he remains healthy. Pocatello is so proud of you T, keep it rolling!

Provo, UT

@ NevadaCoug
I was going to say the same thing. I'm glad we sent him out to KU. So happy that Taysom is climbing up the Hill. Once he reaches the top, ain't no one going to bring him down. It's good to be a cougar, rain or shine!!!!

Salt Lake City, UT

Anyone who is STILL disparaging Heaps two quarterbacks later lacks the class Hill is described as having, and probably has bigger "problems" than the one's he accuses Heaps as having.

Surf is Up
Miami, FL

@SamoanYfan "Hill has improved so much that it's sickening...."

I'm pretty sure that the only people that are sickened by Hill's improvement are the myriad of BYU haters who have been posting about what a bad passer Hill is and how far down the national rankings he is. Or was.

It brings a smile to my face as I contemplate several of BYU haters (who will not be named) who incessantly post to every article about BYU.

This weekend has been very good in light of all those haters, and how grim it must be in their world.

Bountiful, UT

Imagine what he could do if he had a decent OL in front of him?

bountiful, ut

Here is something rather troubling... Utah won't face Taysom again during the regular season... 2014 and 2015 are it and then???? Bronco, don't play Taysom at all during games against the likes of Idaho State.... Get our replacement ready for the day when Taysom is either gone to graduation or out for a period due to injury. We are really beginning to like what is happening in Provo, and as hopefully seen again in 2 weeks elsewhere across this great nation! We need to be solid at QB so we don't face the troubles like Utah is and has been facing 3 years strong. Prove to all the doubters, that BCS money is irrelevant! All you need is a solid team PERIOD!

Mission Viejo, CA

Fans are fickle. We sit on our couches watching players and criticising their every failure. Utah fans are screaming to bench Wilson, fire Whittingham. They were giddy when they beat BYU. BYU fans were harsh with Anae and Hill. Even the fantastic pasting of Texas was obliterated by the 30 incompletes Hill threw in the Utah game. Would Utah want to play BYU next week? Don't think so.

College football is about growth of young athletes. Hill has improved with every game. Robert Anae has installed more and more aspects to the offense. Now we're seeing the beginnings of an elite offense to match Bronco's defense.

People forget that in the glory days, BYU quarterbacks were Juniors before they got the reins. Hill was a freshman. We'll have two more years after this one with a truly great athlete surrounded by better and better athletes. BYU will be a very, very good team.

west jordan, ut

I just hope this translates to wins against Wisconsin and Notre Dame. That is all that matters. Of course we can't let up against Idaho and Nevada either.

Idaho Falls, ID

I think both Hill and Anae are maturing and getting better. But I think the biggest problem that HAS to improve in order for the Cougs to have a chance at Wisconsin or ND is our red (blue) zone offense. I put that on the shoulders of our OC. Right now we are ranked 72 in the country in Red Zone scoring. We move the ball up and down the field only to get stymied from scoring position way too often. It was evident in last game and was the single biggest factor in the Utah loss. Anae seems to have brain cramps when we get close to the end zone.

I truly hope this will be a point of emphasis in the next 2 weeks of practice.

Salt Lake City, UT

After watching the Kansas game, it is not necessary to debate BYU's coaching or choice of QBs. And please DN, no more personal interest stories on the Kansas QB.

Salt Lake City, UT

Many good points, BlueHusky, with this exception: Many BYU QBs didn't start until they were Juniors but Virgil Carter, Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Ty Detmer, John Beck and Max Hall all started before their Junior years. Steve Young didn't because he was behind McMahon.

Centerville, UT


Either that, or those who are trying to silence the Heaps comments were duped into thinking BYU failed him rather than the other way around and they are embarrassed by that fact and wish the whole thing would just go away.

Trying to distance Jake by saying it was "two quarterbacks ago" is an attempt to deceive. If Jake had taken the coaches advice to redshirt a season and then take over, then this would have been the year he would be taking over. So the comparisons between Jake and Taysom are extremely relevant.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

We are at the beginning of a very special ride with the quarterback who may very likely be the one that wins the national championship about which Bronco has spoken so much. Reminds me of seeing some of the things Jimmer did for the basketball team his junior year before the national media was fully aware of him, as well as Ty Detmer years ago before he beat Miami. Turns out Chris Hill was prescient: even given the extraordinary attention given to this game by Utah's coaches and players, they wouldn't be beating BYU the next two years. They even got an unforeseen gift this year from the Pac-12 by being required to play the game early, before BYU got its passing game going. Given that BYU was in that game to the end despite hardly being able to complete a pass, only those looking through the most crimson of glasses could think the result would be the same if played today.

By the way, if BYU does indeed win the national championship on Taysom's watch, look for Bronco to retire afterward.

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