Taysom Hill to return for the 2016 season

Taysom Hill to return for the 2016 season

PROVO- National signing day may have ended, but BYU’s best recruiting victory came when Taysom Hill announced that he will return to play for BYU in the fall.

“He was getting recruited from all different sides, and so we were a part of that,” said offensive coordinator Ty Detmer.

Twitter blew up as BYU reacted to the biggest news of the off-season. The former Heisman candidate suffered a year-ending injury in the 2015 opening game against Nebraska and will need a medical hardship waiver to play in the coming season. Hill is BYU’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks, and despite going through 3 injuries in the last 4 years, he wants to give it one more go.

Detmer said Hill will keep his position as quarterback and that it will be an open competition between Tanner Mangum and Taysom Hill for the starting spot.

“Nobody’s going to name a starter right now and tip your hand with everything that’s going on,” he said. “… it’s kind of nice to have that… shock factor when you first show up for the first game and nobody really knows what you’re going to be running.”

With the dual-threat quarterback on the roster again, opposing defenses will have a lot to handle knowing either Tanner or Taysom could be under center. Detmer acknowledged that Taysom won’t be able to play spring ball, but on September 3rd, the top 11 guys will start against Arizona.

While many are excited for Hill’s return to the field, Coach Detmer said the number one priority is keeping him healthy. Whether Hill starts or not, Detmer doesn’t see him running as often in their new offense.

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