I would like to do everything possible to help Taysom and the team at the same time. —BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said.
PROVO — Quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a Lisfranc (mid-foot) sprain, not a fracture, during BYU's 33-28 victory over Nebraska Saturday.
BYU football spokesman Brett Pyne said Monday that the severity of the injury is the same and Hill is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season. BYU medical personnel are consulting with foot specialists to determine the best course of action for his future. Surgery is a possibility.
Hill was named BYU’s only offensive team captain before the season began. Coach Bronco Mendenhall hasn't decided if he'll name a new team captain.
“Taysom and I are still working through that. I would like to do everything possible to help Taysom and the team at the same time,” Mendenhall said. “As much as Taysom wants to be involved, however it’s best for him to handle this unique circumstance I’ll work with him first. Once that clarity comes in, it will probably be after this week, then we can frame what leadership looks like. We need a little more time on that.”
Hill injured his foot in the second quarter but later returned after medical personnel examined the injury.
“It was made very clear to Taysom there was no risk of damaging it further,” Mendenhall said.
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, whose Broncos battle the Cougars on Saturday, feels bad for Hill.
“Taysom’s a fantastic player. From that standpoint, it’s disappointing,” he said. “He’s had three different injuries (in four years) that’s held him out. You feel for him as a person. A tough way to start the year for their football team.”
HOUK’S HUG: After quarterback Tanner Mangum threw a Hail Mary pass to wide receiver Mitch Mathews to beat Nebraska, receiver Terenn Houk, who was in the end zone for that play, was eager to celebrate — which included hugging the referee that signaled the touchdown.
“I’m thinking, ‘Did that just happen? That doesn’t happen in real life,” he said of the final play. “That’s what you see on ESPN Classic. I’m in shock. I look at the ref and then he raises his hands and it was literally the happiest moment of my life. So I ran over and I was like, ‘Thank you!’ I was outside myself. It was probably the dumbest thing to ever do. I run over, hug him, then I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re going to get a flag.’ Then I jumped on the pile. It was the most surreal, amazing moment ever."
HAIL MARY I: Saturday wasn’t the first time Mangum was a part of a Hail Mary play. It happened to him in fifth grade in little league football on the last play of the game. He threw a TD pass to his best friend.
“It definitely wasn’t in front of 90,000 fans,” Mangum said.
BACK FROM SUSPENSION: Mendenhall announced that the four players who were suspended for Saturday’s game — linebacker Sione Takitaki, defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile, safety Kai Nacua and wide receiver Trey Dye — will all be back for Saturday’s game against Boise State.
As for injuries, Mendenhall expects defensive back Jordan Preator and linebacker Manoa Pikula to return. Nose tackle Travis Tuiloma is out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.
THE MAGNIFICENT MANGUM BROTHERS: While Mangum was providing the heroics in Lincoln, his brother, Madison, was pulling off an amazing one-handed touchdown grab for his Idaho State team the same day.
“My parents were in Idaho, watching his game and watching my game on their iPhones. He’s a senior, their star player,” Tanner said. “They didn’t think I was going to get in. I totally don’t blame them. In the postgame interview with (KSL’s) Greg Wrubell he told me my brother had an amazing one-handed grab. It doesn’t surprise me. I got back to Provo and called my mom. She was excited, happy that we could both play well and win both games I’m happy for my brother. He deserves it.”
Now that Tanner is BYU’s starting QB, what happens?
“Plans have changed a little bit now,” he explained. “One parent will go to my brother’s game and the other will come to my game. If time permits, they’ll go to both.”