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Published: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Although as a whole I have been disappointed with BYU's offense these last few years, and disappointed in Hill at times, overall I think Taysom Hill is an incredible football player. Say what you want about his throwing last year, he is a playmaker. He was one of the few on the offense that was consistently good and did his best to win the game. His throwing will get better.

He is on the Heisman watchlist for a reason, and believe he was named one of the 14 best football players on some sports site (NFL, I think). I am excited to see what he can do.

Go Cougars!

Orem, UT

I'm expecting Taysom to have an amazing season reminiscent of the BYU quarterback greats of the 70's and 80's.

Go Cougars!

Frisco, TX

There's not another QB in the state I'd rather have leading the offense. And if I had to rate the top QBs in the nation, Taysom would be in my Top 10. I don't expect his arm to ever have the accuracy of an elite QB, but I do think his accuracy will improve by at least 10% over last year. Even though his arm is not prime time, his other abilities make him invaluable. My ranking of the QBs in Utah are:

1. Taysom Hill
2. Keeton
3. Olson
4. Stewart
5. Cantu
6. Thompson (I expect him to be the Utes starter by game 3 or 4.)
7. Joe Hlll
8. Kuresa
9. Wilson
10. Green
11. Clark


It's too bad that Hill will not be able to be tested this year with byu's incredibly weak schedule. Any impressive stats he puts up will be overshadowed by the fact that he's playing UNLV, Cal, Virginia, UConn, Savannah State, etc.

Heisman? Yeah, right.

Cardston, Alberta

I REALLY wish we could count on Anae to implement a more pass-oriented attack. Sorry, but I'll have to see it before I believe it. Last year was pathetic! Just run to set up another running play.....ugh! Then run some more!! What are those guys doing running passing routes downfield?? Another running play!!

water rocket
Magna, UT

From the highlight pictures on all the sports programs I have watched this fall, it appears to me that Taysom is throwing nice spirals on a string, and I look forward to a break out year from him in the passing department. I hope he spreads the ball around like McMan (sp) did. I also hope that BYU uses more miss-direction and roll out plays to give Taysom more weapons. I hope that BYU can blow out a few teams this year to establish themselves as a power team.

Mission Viejo, CA


I'm curious as to why you think Hill will never be an elite passer. Seems like he has a cannon. Why would he not get better with experience, a la Steve Young?

Layton, UT

They might blow out 3 teams at les but that won't establish anything.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

They need a third QB

Orem, UT


Gotta laugh at your delusion.

Hill will be well tested by Texas, Houston, Utah State, Central Florida, and Boise State, and if he passes the test, he'll be included amongst the nation's leading quarterbacks for post-season honors.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ CougFaninTX

Wow. You Texas boys sure know a lot of about football.

Baltimore, MD


BYU fans certainly know a lot more about quarterbacks than Utah fans.

When was the last time Utah had a National Hall of Fame quarterback?

Old But Not Stupid
Moorpark, CA

One only had to read the headline to know that about 40% of the comments would be of the crimson tinged "criticism" type.

I noticed that no one rebutted CougarFan's ratings for all QBs in the state of Utah. Wilson #9?

Me, I can't wait to see how UCLA's Hundley does vs. the Utes and Wilson/Thompson vs. my Bruins.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I think BYU's success will depend on how Hill's passing improves from last year, we know he can run, now we have to see him prove he can be a pass first QB and use his legs only as needed or when the D forces him to. I was optimistic about his improved passing but the last scrimmage his passing was a disappointment and I fear he will revert back to pulling the ball down and running to much instead of keeping his cool and looking and finding his 2nd and 3rd receivers. If he wants to play pro he needs to develop as a passer and force himself to look for the 2nd and 3rd receivers, I hope he realized that and makes the changes he needs to.

Sandy, UT

I find it interesting that there are 2 articles that came out at the same time, one about BYU's QB and one about Utah's QB and there are 11 comments, 3 of which are Ute fans, commenting on BYU but zero comments by Ute or BYU fans on the other article (at least at this current time). Make your own conclusions. However, back to the article at hand, I feel that Taysom will have a great year but do not believe he will be contending for the Heisman. This year may set him up for contending in the next years Heisman race, it all depends on how well he does this year.

Truly wishing all Utah schools have great years, just hoping BYU has the best.

Riley Mendenhall
Provo, UT

Hill is Me 2.0

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

Re: Blue Husky

There are a lot of QB's out there with cannons for arms that aren't very good. I think the jury is still out as to weather he has "taught himself" to read defenses and make decisions better and be able to throw with accuracy. According to most BYU fans that have watched him in fall camp they don't all seem to be convinced that he has. There's already a lot of noise being made in favor of Stewart. Let's see how he passes against theTexas defense.

Rexburg, ID

@ ekute,

You said "They might blow out 3 teams at les but that won't establish anything."

That is a lot better than the Utes being blown out by 3 teams at RES. That will establish something for you boys on the hill and that is another losing season.

Springville, utah

Tysom is playing at a disadvantage because the go fast go hard does not allow him time to properly read the defense.

Frisco, TX

@BlueHusky "@CougFanInTexas: I'm curious as to why you think Hill will never be an elite passer. Seems like he has a cannon. Why would he not get better with experience, a la Steve Young?"

I'm not sure I'd put Young in the category of elite passer (i.e. Elway, Manning, Montana, Detmer, McMahon). I know Young had one of the highest QB ratings in the NFL, but the offense was tailored to his strength, throwing < 20 yards down the field.

I get worried when I hear Anae say we are going to throw long and often this year. Sure Hill has plenty of arm strength but I haven't seen him consistently put a 40 yard pass on the numbers. I think Hill could destroy defenses by throwing short. Let the defenses load the box then throw short passes just beyond the LBs and watch our athletic receivers blow past corners and safeties.

@Two For Flinching - "@ CougFaninTX. Wow. You Texas boys sure know a lot of about football."

Ah, you're making me blush. Thanks! Just curious how a Ute fan would rank them, objectively?

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