Taysom Hill

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Taysom Hill
BYU CougarsNo. 4
QuarterbackSophomore
Date of birth: (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth: Pocatello, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 218 lb (99 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
QuarterbackSophomore
Date of birth: (1990-08-23) August 23, 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth: Pocatello, Idaho
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 218 lb (99 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 earned 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 in his senior season of 2008. Hill also lettered in basketball and track and field while at Highland.[1][2]

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 freshman to join the team until June. As a result, he decided to go to Brigham Young instead.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

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. [7]

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.[8]

On December 30, he announced that he was engaged to Emily Nixon.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Voices.IdahoStatesman.com (1969-12-31). "Highland's Tayson Hill named Gatorade Idaho Football Player of the Year". Voices.IdahoStatesman.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Blog - BYU's New Generation of Quarterbacks: Taysom Hill". Truebluecougars.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  3. ^ "BYU football: Taysom Hill talks, tells real reason why he left Stanford". Salt Lake Tribune. 
  4. ^ http://www.sltrib.com (2011-04-11). "Utah Local News - Salt Lake City News, Sports, Archive - The Salt Lake Tribune". Sltrib.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Knee injury shelves BYU quarterback Taysom Hill for year - NCAA Football - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  6. ^ Brandon Gurney (2012-10-08). "BYU football: Taysom Hill out 4-6 months with LCL injury (+ video)". Deseret News. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  7. ^ AP 12:42 a.m. EDT September 8, 2013 (2013-09-08). "BYU clobbers No. 16 Texas". Usatoday.com. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  8. ^ #4 Taysom Hill. "Taysom Hill Athlete Profile | The Official Site of BYU Athletics". Byucougars.com. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  9. ^ "BYU football: Quarterback Taysom Hill engaged to Emily Nixon". Deseret News.