PROVO — Senior quarterback Taysom Hill has been limited during spring practices as he battles back from a season-ending foot injury.
Sitake is trying to make sure that Hill doesn’t do too much during the spring so he’s ready to play in the fall.
Is Hill doing more than expected in practices?
“He’s doing more but I kind of expected that, if that makes sense. He’s not going to do the bare minimum. That’s not Taysom,” Sitake said. “But I have to reel him back quite a bit. He just wants to get out there and go. That’s a huge strength of his. It’s going to be the battle from here until September — just trying to keep him from going full-go. Because that’s his deal. But how do you calm down a guy that’s always 100 percent?” Though Hill can’t participate in all the drills, he is still heavily involved.
“He’s out there throwing and doing skelly work,” said quarterback Tanner Mangum. “He’s always back there with us, the quarterback group, talking about each play, seeing things with the coverage. It’s nice to have him out there. It always helps to have that experience and knowledge to help us.”
DYE AT RUNNING BACK: One Cougar that changed positions during the offseason was Trey Dye, who switched from wide receiver to running back.
It appears Dye has found a home in the backfield.
“That was a question mark coming in. What type of player is he? Where does he fit? Is he just a slot player or can he come from the backfield?” said offensive coordinator Ty Detmer. “We thought, ‘Let’s move him back there and see what his capabilities are.’ He’s jumped in and he’s run the ball well between the tackles. He’s quick and he broke some tackles (last Friday). He’s run with power, he’s a threat on the outside and he’s a threat in the passing game. As a play-caller, it’s nice to put a guy in like that and the defense can’t treat him as just a receiver or just a running back. He’s a guy you can move around and keep the defense guessing.”