Comments about ‘Dick Harmon: BYU quarterback Taysom Hill at a completely different place heading into spring ball this year’

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Published: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 7:14 p.m. MST

Updated: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 7:14 p.m. MST

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Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Taysom will be a different passer this year and should be a Heisman finalist.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Mildred and me are always on the same page.

J Poll
Gilford, NH

No one wants him to have a world class season more than I. However, I am weary of the hype that precedes each of BYU's seasons. I would like the players and more fans to just go quietly about business and do their talking (with their play) on the turf, especially in fall. For all the statistical successes we can point to as a program for the past 10 years, one glaring stat still largely alludes us. A goodly number of signature wins against ranked teams and good teams on the road. Proof is in the pudding. Put up!

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

J Poll

Hype often sets the stage for great recognition later on, both individually and as a team.

Players rarely burst out of nowhere to win a Heisman and teams rarely win a national championship without being ranked early in the season.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

It's wonderful to even have a great QB to write and read about! Go Taysom.

Go Cougars!

PH
Riverton, Utah

Certainly Taysom did enough good things last year as a Sophomore to be recognized and that will help bring attention to him and BYU this year. But even an arm chair QB like me can see that unless he learns to step into the pockat and make the throw rather than falling backwards, and unless he learns to quit looking to exit the pocket out of the back side he's not going to improve and neither is our offense. Those two weaknesses are glaring in his performance and really constricted our offense last year. When he exited the pocket in front of him to run he was a much better scrambler.

evansrichdm
west jordan , UT

Watching the growth of Hill last season was great and I hope he will improve, but after the Heaps expereince I am going to hold my breath until game day.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

Taysom has great potential given his running skills. He showed moments of brilliance as a passer, but more than anything else, his play-making ability is what will determine his success and BYU's this coming season. They have a weaker schedule, so more wins are expected.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Here we go again. Starting with the preseason hype already.
I think Taysom has a lot of potential, but he still has a long way to go. And I say this as a big fan of his.
I would much rather the press displayed some cautious optimism, allowing room to exceed expectations, rather than hype him up to expectations that no one can achieve.

For those who want to mold Taysom to be a drop back QB, give up already. It ain't going to happen. That is not to say that he could stand to improve considerably in holding a pocket (providing his O-line can hold a pocket), Taysom's talent is Duel-threat, no doubt about it. It is his terrific running ability, combined with a modest passing ability that is getting him headlines now.

IDC
Boise, ID

Taysom is good. I hope he proves to be great. I think one of the big problems BYU had was receivers not getting open and not being able to stretch the field. Hopefully Matthews will be back strong and the speed of the new receivers makes the difference. Good o-line play and fast receivers will make a bigger difference than Hill improving.

Empyrean
Meadow, UT

Half the fun of being a college sports fan is being able to enjoy the anticipation of the upcoming season... whether things pan out as hoped for or not. Those who are leery about pre-season hype just don't get it. It's all part of the full college sports package.

There's no reason why BYU and it's fans shouldn't be optimistic. Hill is being touted by neutral national sports services as one of the top 6 college quarterbacks going into next season. They've also added one of the highest rated receivers in the country. On top of that, they won't need to waste a few games trying to learn an entire new offensive scheme like they did last season. They'll hit the ground running (and passing) this time.

Perhaps Utah was smart to weasel out of their contract with BYU and take a few years off, at least until after Hill has graduated. They saw the handwriting on the wall early and got out while the getting was good. Their AD should be lauded for his foresight.

NevadaCoug
Overton, NV

I think IDC hit it on the head. The BYU offense was peaking last season about the time that Matthews went down. Without a guy like him to help stretch defenses, it was a lot easier for secondaries to cover BYU's receivers.

If Taysom improves as a passer, and if the new receivers are anywhere near as good as expected, the offense should be better this season. Of course, that all hinges on the improvement of the O-line as well.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

Hill is is a stud and he will be good. Won't have to break in a whole new offense, players & coaches.

Cletus from Coalville
Coalville, UT

With Travis Wilson back means for sure we are better than Taysom and we will be prestegous again next year and win byu again and win the rose bowl to. So go write it down!

Go Utes!

jasonlivy
Orem, UT

The only thing I hope Taysom really improves on is his passing game, both in percentage and accuracy. Taysom's main weapon should be his arm. He needs HUGE improvement on his decision making ability and creativity in the pocket. This was where he was weak and vulnerable, and what emboldened the opponent's defense. True he showed signs of brilliance at times, but often the fans were left disappointed.

If he makes these glaring weaknesses into strengths, BYU has a real chance in making some waves. If not, we can expect another year like last season...good, but not great.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

@Cletus from Coalville

With this UofU schedule, I doubt Utah will beat BYU.
2014 Utah Football Schedule
Aug. 28 (Thu.) Idaho State Salt Lake City
Sept. 6 Fresno State Salt Lake City
Sept. 13 open
Sept. 20 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sept. 27 Washington State* (hc) Salt Lake City
Oct. 4 at UCLA* Los Angeles
Oct. 11 open
Oct. 16 (Thu.) at Oregon State* Corvallis, Ore.
Oct. 25 USC* Salt Lake City
Nov. 1 at Arizona State* Tempe, Ariz.
Nov. 8 Oregon* Salt Lake City
Nov. 15 at Stanford* Stanford, Calif.
Nov. 22 Arizona* Salt Lake City
Nov. 29 at Colorado* Boulder, Colo.

Tenn12
Orem, UT

Seriously? A qb that threw 19 tds to 14 ints and only completed 53% of his passes? He is an average qb. Yes, he is a good athlete, but he was as inconsistent a passer as I have seen. I am already weary of his hype and the season just ended. I wish Dick would find interesting stories about other players.

ekute
Layton, UT

With their upcoming schedule the cougars don't need Taysom or any of their starters to win 8 games. How exciting. I'll bet the season ticket holders are thrilled about their home schedule.

Cosmo's Cousin
Holladay, UT

Mark it down ... with how much Taysom Hill has improved, BYU will beat the Utes head to head for sure next season.

The Blue will break that horrible four game losing streak and beat Utah this up-coming season. Then Hill will be a Heisman finalist.

gitRdone
Millard, UT

Taysom will be great if the O line shows up this year.

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