Ken Driggs: Taysom Hill is on track for rare BYU sophomore QB breakout year

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  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    Oct. 12, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    Great article. The last few yrs. have been difficult. As we look at the history of BYU, outside of Ty Detmer, there is really no other top notch soph. QB. For this program to be where it needs to be, there should never be a freshman qb and rarely a soph. These guys should have at least 2 and probably 3 yrs. under their belts before they are handed the keys to the offense. It takes that long to have the vision and make the right decisions/reads. I think Taysom is going to be spectacular but his is an will be taking his lumps this year. He seems like a great leader and has the skills. It will take more games for his reads and vision to improve to the point of disecting defenses. Good luck Taysom and the cougar program.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Oct. 11, 2013 10:09 p.m.

    BYU had better beat utah in basketball this year. If Chris B is as overreaching as he is in light of utah's record in recent years, I can't image how insufferable he will be if utah actually finds a rare acorn and wins one.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Let's hear you say that when its by 40 at least

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:51 p.m.

    It is hard to judge a qb on passing with very limited time to throw. They had to roll him out against USU to buy time.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Oct. 11, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    "Is this the year and the QB performance that we have been yearning for? I, for one, believe that it is and can't wait to see the season and Hill's career play out."

    My sentiments exactly, Cosmo. Taysom showed his arm last year on a number of occasions, and when he has time to throw and can set, his tight spirials and range are enough to make Steve Young jealous (remember the wounded ducks he would sometimes throw?). He's a sophomore running a new offense with a new coaching staff, and O-line protection-by-committee. My biggest frustrations with the year to date is seeing the potential struggling to break through the circumstances. I fully expect that as the Offense continues to jell, (and assuming Taysom doesn't get hurt: Slide, boy!) by the end of the year The QB factory will be back in business.

    Looking forward to the rest of this year! Goooo Cougars!

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 12:17 p.m.

    @Brad J
    "You ready to see your little utes lose this weekend. "

    *shrugs* No shame in losing to a top 5 team.

  • Shenandoah Linville, VA
    Oct. 11, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    Perhaps the lesson here is for us as fans: good things (can) come to those who wait. Taysom Hill clearly has talent coming out the wazoo. We all need to calm down and give him time to develop and not always be calling for the QB's head when things go wrong.

    I also second the comment above about the OL: I've learned in 50 years of watching BYU that when the OL is good, the offense is good. But again, I think this year's group is coming along nicely. New offenses take time to learn and develop.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    @Chris B
    He's better than 6 ints that's for sure haha

  • Brad J West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    @Chris B

    You ready to see your little utes lose this weekend. I know I am excited to watch them lose AGAIN!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:54 a.m.


    I'd hardly say a QB who had the worst passer rating in the entire country for most of the season so far should be praised for his breakout.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:38 a.m.


    I respectfully disagree with you. Probably the straw that broke the camel's back concerning Crowton was when BYU lost to Utah at home 0 to 3. I don't think the offense crossed the 50 yard line that day (can't remember for sure). That loss was not only to the rival Utes at home, but also broke our national scoring streak (scoring in games) that stretched back to the 70's. Of course, the loss to Boise State that you mentioned did not sit well either.

  • TyCobb24 South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 7:57 a.m.


    First of all, the article is not written by a paid "sports writer," but by a DN contributor.

    Second, I happen to know the writer of the article and he is the most positive BYU fan I have ever had the opportunity to meet in my life.

    Third, what is the problem with giving someone (in this case Tayson) some props for having a great overall season already?

    Last, it is a nice article mentioning a lot of names and great players from BYU's past. What's so wrong with that?

    If you can't say something nice....

  • I-Bleed-Blue Charlottesville, VA
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Why do you reporters keep pulling this junk? When Taysom has a bad game y'all write, "is this the end for Taysom?" If he has a somewhat good game you write, "Taysom Hill is on track for rare BYU sophomore QB breakout year!" Just quit setting people up for disappointment and let the season unfold. You sports writers are desperate for stories that manipulate fan's emotions. Please stop it!

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    I'm afraid Crowton's failures were more than a doinked FG or even the W/L record. Being the HC at BYU has more baggage than an airport carousel and juggling it all is a huge task. I think Crowton's a nice enough guy and decent OC but not the right guy to handle it all at BYU.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:43 p.m.

    ooops, I meant to say in 2004 Crowton had the tough schedule. My bad!

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    ahhh what a fickle football fan fate can be. In 2005 Gary Crowton had one of the tougher schedules ever for BYU. They had #1 USC (National Champions), #12 Boise State and #4 Utah on the schedule plus a road game at Stanford.

    Gary Crowton's career came down to a doinked FG by Matt Payne on a chip shot at Boise and 2 bad games at home in losses to UNLV (we had no business losing that game, 20-24) and New Mexico 14-21.

    If the FG vs Boise St had been good (we were all shocked that he missed it), BYU finishes that season 6-5 and goes to a bowl game. There was still the mess with the 4 recruits scandal but maybe Crowton survives with a good performance in the bowl game and a 7-5 season, with most of the offense and QB returning, showing the program headed in the right direction.

    The next season Bronco goes 6-5 (just one more win) on a much easier schedule, takes BYU to a bowl game and loses but gets the credit for "turning the program around".

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 10, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    Provo, UT

    Y not?

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    No doubt Hill has skills. He obviously needs a lot of coaching on his passing game. But the way he ran and read the defense against Texas was impressive.

    I won't hold my breath, though. Few QBs excel at passing, few excel at running, and even fewer excel at both. BYUs coaching staff does not have the ability (or track record) of developing such QBs. Hill will be adequate at best.

  • Chase Saint George, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    @ BeSmart

    Are you saying that when BYU consistently "runs" a 20-step roll-out instead of a 5-step drop on, what seems like, every play . . . that there is an O-Line problem?

    I just want to make sure I understand...

    (Major /S)

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Oct. 10, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    The key to Hill's success is the offensive line. He needs time to throw and holes to run through. All great BYU teams have had great o-lines.