Senior quarterback Taysom Hill announced he will return for the 2016 BYU Football season Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. When healthy, Hill is one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. He also sustained a season-ending knee injury as a freshman in 2012, and suffered a fractured leg as a junior in 2014 that, sure enough, prevented him from playing again that year.
Hill, who has been with the program four years and served a two-year Mormon mission, would have been eligible to play immediately elsewhere as a graduate transfer.
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Hill was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Highland High and came to BYU with much promise. His best season was 2013, when he tossed for 2,938 yards and 19 scores against 14 picks.
But then Hill’s injury streak hit. After surgery and recovery to fix the damage, Hill went through a limited spring practice session and returned to open the 2015 season as a candidate for the Maxwell Award, Wuerffel Trophy, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year award, and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Hill’s return is a positive one for the Cougars, as he has thrown for 4,606 yards and 31 touchdowns during his BYU career, to go along with 2,212 rushing touchdowns and 24 more scores.
Hill suffered his third season-ending injury September 10, 2015 in the Cougars’ 33-28 win over Nebraska when he broke his foot.
In Hill’s absence, sophomore Tanner Mangum became the Cougars’ starting quarterback and led them to a 9-4 season, which ended with a loss to Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl.