Taysom Hill

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Taysom Hill
BYU CougarsNo. 4
QuarterbackJunior
Date of birth: (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Pocatello, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career history
High school: Highland High School
 College(s):
  • BYU (2012-present)
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 All-Idaho Player of the Year
  • 2008 Gatorade High School Player of the Year
  • 2x FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (vs Hawaii in 2012, vs Texas in 2013)
  • CBSSports.com National Player of the Week (vs. Texas in 2013
  • Athlon Sports National Player of the Week (vs. Texas in 2013)
Stats at ESPN.com
 
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Taysom Hill
BYU CougarsNo. 4
QuarterbackJunior
Date of birth: (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Pocatello, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career history
High school: Highland High School
 College(s):
  • BYU (2012-present)
Bowl games
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 All-Idaho Player of the Year
  • 2008 Gatorade High School Player of the Year
  • 2x FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (vs Hawaii in 2012, vs Texas in 2013)
  • CBSSports.com National Player of the Week (vs. Texas in 2013
  • Athlon Sports National Player of the Week (vs. Texas in 2013)
Stats at ESPN.com

Taysom Hill (born August 23, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the Brigham Young University Cougars.

High school[edit]

Hill attended Highland High School, where he was a letterman in football, basketball and track.[1][2] As a senior, he threw for 2,269 yards and 18 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,491 yards and 24 touchdowns, earning the All-Idaho Player of the Year, Gatorade High School Player of the Year, First Team All-State selection and earned All-Region and All-Conference Player of the Year accolades. He holds the school single-season and career records for total offense.[3]

In track & field, Hill ran the 200-meters and competed in long jump. At the 2007 5A District IV/V/VI Regional Meet, he recorded a personal-best time of 22.5 seconds in the 200 meters, placing 3rd, and ran the fourth leg on the 4x200m relay squad, helping them earn a first-place finish at 1:31.41 minutes.[4] He won the long jump event at the 2009 5A Regional Meet, with a mark of 6.85 meters.[5]

College career[edit]

Coming out of high school, Hill had offers from Arizona, Boise State, Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, BYU and Stanford. He was heavily recruited by Jim Harbaugh and had originally committed to Stanford; but during his LDS church mission, he found out that Stanford did not allow incoming freshmen to join the team until June. As a result, he decided to go to Brigham Young instead.[6][7]

In his freshman season of 2012, Hill was the #2 QB on the depth chart. He was initially brought in for special packages to utilize his athleticism in short-yardage situations. His very first play from scrimmage in college was an 18-yard touchdown pass against Washington State in the home opener. Hill wound up playing in 6 games for the 2012 campaign, having started 2 (winning in both starts), before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the closing seconds of a victory over Utah State.[8][9]

Taysom entered the 2013 season as BYU's starting quarterback. After a tough 19-16 loss in week one at Virginia, Hill bounced back in a big way against Texas the following week as he rushed for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 40-21 win over the Longhorns.[10] On October 3, 2014, Taysom sustained a fractured leg against Utah State, ending his season. BYU lost their first game of the season that night.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hill is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After high school, he volunteered as an LDS missionary in Sydney, Australia from 2009 to 2011.

Taysom's parents are Doug and Natalie Hill. The youngest of four children, he has two brothers and one sister. Asked often about his unique first name, Hill is said to be named after Taysom Rotary Park located in his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho.[12]

On December 30, 2013, he announced that he was engaged to Emily Nixon.[13] They have since married. [14]

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