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Taysom Hill Athlete Profile

#7 Taysom Hill

Position: Quarterback Height: 6-2 Weight: 235 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2012-2016 Hometown: Pocatello, ID Mission: Sydney, Australia Last School: Highland High School


  • Parents are Doug and Natalie
  • Has two brothers and one sister
  • Married wife Emily in spring of 2014--Emily is the sister of former linebacker David Nixon and sister to former safety Craig Bills' wife
  • Served LDS mission to Sydney, Australia
  • Originally committed to Stanford before mission and was also recruited by Arizona, Washington State, Boise State and Utah
  • Older brother Jordan played defensive tackle at Arizona State and other brother Dexter played quarterback at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, Northern Iowa and Dixie State (Utah)

Before BYU

  • 2008 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year as a senior after quarterbacking Highland to its first state title since 2002
  • Listed as the 30th-best quarterback prospect in the nation coming out of high school in 2009 by Scout.com and Rivals.com and top recruit in the state of Idaho by Rivals.com
  • Idaho's Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a senior
  • First team all-state selection also earned all-region and conference player of the year accolades
  • Completed 166 of 258 passes (64.3 percent) and threw for 2,269 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior
  • Also rushed for 1,491 yards and 24 TDs, averaging 10.2 yards per carry and 124.3 rushing yards per game
  • Holds school single-season and career records for total offense
  • Also lettered in basketball and track and field

2012 | Freshman Year

  • Completed 42 of 71 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns, rushed 55 times for 336 yards and four scores in six games (two starts) before a sesason-ending knee injury
  • Earned letterman honors as a true freshman
  • Led BYU to 2-0 record in two starts vs. Hawai'i and Utah State
  • First pass of collegiate career went for 18-yard touchdown pass vs. Washington State in season opener
  • Led BYU to only touchdown at Boise State in relief, nearly completing comeback victory with 72 rushing yards, one touchdown and 42 passing yards
  • In first career start, went 12 of 21 passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing 15 times for 143 yards and one touchdown
  • Completed 24 of 36 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown in 6-3 victory over Utah State and had 19 carries for 80 yards
  • FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (10/1)

2013 | Sophomore Year

  • Started all 13 games while racking up 2,938 passing yards and 19 touchdowns, 1,344 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns
  • Notched season highs in rushing (259 yards, 3 TDs) vs Texas, passing (417 yards, 4 TDs) vs Houston
  • Ranks No. 5 at BYU for most offensive yards in a season (4,282)--the only QBs to have more total offense are Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Ty Detmer (two times)
  • Finished the season ranked No. 3 in BYU history for most rushing yards in one season with 1,344
  • Named Independent Offensive Player of the Year by College Sports Madness
  • Also named to the All-Independent First Team by College Sports Madness
  • Received FBS All-Independent Team Honorable Mention
  • Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team
  • College Football News All-Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Set a new school record for the most rushing yards (133) and carries (31) in a bowl game
  • Recorded six games with 100+ rushing yards
  • With 133 rushing yards in the loss to Washington, Hill has rushed for more yards than any other QB in school history
  • Threw for 417 yards, including four TDs, and ran for 128 yards in win against Houston. One of seven players in NCAA history to throw for 400+ and run for 100+ in a game.
  • Voted as ESPN's Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the week for his play against Houston
  • College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week (9/9, 10/21, 10/28)
  • College Sports Madness Independent Offensive Player of the Week (9/9, 9/23, 10/21, 10/28)
  • FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (9/9, 10/21, 10/28)
  • Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (9/9 and 10/21)
  • Manning Award Player of the Week (10/31)
  • Rushed for 259 yards (and 3 TDs) vs. No. 15 Texas, the second most rushing yards in a game in BYU history
  • Helped BYU to 550 rushing yards, the most in a game in BYU history
  • Received AT&T All-America Player of the Week, FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week, Athlon Sports National Player of the Week and CBSSports.com Offensive Player of the Week honors following Texas game

2014 | Junior Year

  • Suffered a season-ending leg fracture and ligament tear against Utah State
  • Through four games, Hill has been named the FBS Independent Offensive POW every week while averaging 219 pass yards per game with a 66 percent completion rate, 107 rush yards per game and 13 total touchdowns 
  • Named Independent Player of the Week (9/22) by Athlon Sports
  • Named a Manning Award "Star of the Week" for his performance vs Virginia (9/22)--one of eight quarterbacks to earn the honor
  • FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (9/22) after leading team to a 41-33 win over Virginia
  • In win over Houston, he passed Riley Nelson (4,032) for No. 16 on BYU’s all-time quarterback passing yard list as well as Brian McKenzie (1,954) on the all-time rushing yards list
  • Eclipsed the 4,000 passing yard mark (4,052) with his 200-yard performance vs Houston. He also passed the 2,000 rushing yard mark (2,036) with his 160 rushing yards on the night. He is one of 14 FBS quarterbacks to reach that mark in their junior season, including Colin Kaepernick, Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow and Robert Griffin III
  • Named Independent Player of the Week (9/15) by Athlon Sports
  • FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (9/15) after throwing for 200 yards and rushing for 160 vs Houston
  • Ranked No. 2 on Athlon Sports Heisman Watch List after Week 2
  • Ranked No. 4 on USA Today's Heisman Watch after Week 2
  • Ranked No. 9 on Sports Illustrated's Heisman Watch after Week 2
  • FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (9/8) after scoring three rushing TDs at Texas
  • Ranked No. 9 on USA Today's Heisman Watch after Week 1
  • CFPA National Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention (9/1)
  • FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week (9/1) after his five TD performance at UConn
  • Named to 2014 Heisman Trophy Watch List by HeismanPundit.com, one of 25 players making the post-spring list
  • Named to 2014 Top 25 College Football Players list by the Sporting News, ranking No. 14 overall on the preseason list
  • Named to 2014 Players to Watch by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, one of 12 players so honored 
  • Named one of the top 14 Heisman Candidates for 2014 by NFL.com
  • Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team
  • Named to the Maxwell Award watch list
  • Named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Trophy Watch List
  • Named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
  • Named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list
  • Named to Walter Camp Award watch list

2015 | Medical Redshirt Year

  • Named to the Maxwell Award watch list
  • Selected to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list
  • Named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list
  • Named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list
  • Selected to the watch list for the Manning Award
  • Named to the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Trophy
  • Named to the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 30 watch list
  • Against Nebraska, finished 21 of 34 for 268 yards, one touchdown and one interception while also rushing nine times for 72 yards and two more touchdowns, tying Ronney Jenkins and Pete Van Valkenburg for No. 8 in career rushing touchdowns with 24 total
  • Moved into 13th in career passing yards at BYU with 4,606 and 13th in TDs responsible for with 55, passing Gary Sheide in the win over the Cornhuskers
  • Suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury

2016 | Senior Year

  • Totaled 2,926 yards of total offense and 20 total touchdowns
  • Passed for 2,323 yards and 12 scores
  • Rushed for 603 yards and eight touchdowns 
  • Finished BYU career No. 5 in rushing yards (No. 1 among quarterbacks) with 2,815
  • No. 4 in total offense at BYU, just ahead of Jim McMahon and behind only Ty Detmer, Max Hall and John Beck
  • No. 5 at BYU in career rushing touchdowns and No. 6 in total touchdowns (32)
  • 23 wins as a starting quarterback
  • Nine career 100-yard rushing games
  • No. 11 in passing yards at BYU (6,929)
  • Earned an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship as an NFF Scholar-Athlete and named a finalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy
  • Named to the Maxwell Award,CFPA Performer of the Year , Reese's Senior Bowl Preseason Watch List