The quarterback position garnered a lot of attention at BYU’s football media day this morning.
Several coaches and players made appearances at the fourth annual event and made themselves available to talk about this upcoming season, including head coach, Bronco Mendenhall and junior quarterback, Taysom Hill.
With the return of the Cougar’s most dynamic offensive player, it’s hard not to see the star potential for the 2014 season. Hill says he is ready to assume even more of a leadership role this upcoming season. The Cougars have set the bar high for themselves and are expecting to have a standout season.
“I’m not conceding anything, but we have a good team,” said Mendenhall.
“I look at our schedule and there is not a game that we can’t win,” Hill said.
It all starts with the quarterback, which Mendenhall commented is a great position to have a starter returning. Hill hopes to build on a productive sophomore season where he had more than 4,000 yards of total offense and 29 total touchdowns.
It’s the second year of the Cougar’s “go fast, go hard” offense. There were some obvious growing pains with the new offense, but everyone is excited about ways they have improved the offense. Offensive coordinator, Robert Anae, mentioned in the “State of the Program” show that they have made some changes in regards to personnel to make the offense more efficient that even the defense has noticed.
“They’re hard to stop,” said defensive coordinator, Nick Howell. “Trying to stop them in practice only makes our defense better.”
The BYU coaching staff is also working on ways to convert at a higher percentage in the red zone, where they had issues in 2013. Anae mentioned that they are looking for ways to help Hill have a higher completion percentage. The audience at the live TV show laughed when Anae was asked if Hill ran too much.
“He should have ran more,” Anae said.
Hill knows that he will need more than his legs to help the cougars achieve their goals this season. Hill said that with a year of experience under his belt, he feels more comfortable asserting his feelings about the offense with the coaching staff. Hill also talked about ways he’s been improving to be able to make this offense potent through the air.
“I’ve been working on making sure my feet are set quickly and that I’m accurate,” Hill said. “The games we struggled were when the opposing defenses stacked the box and forced us to throw.”
Hill has garnered some national attention for this upcoming season, and is listed as one of the top returning quarterbacks, but the coaching staff is focused on making sure that his popularity doesn’t become a distraction. Anae mentioned that there will be weekly evaluations of Hill’s progress.
While Hill will be the primary star at quarterback, there are other players that have been making progress, and are ready to contribute. Senior Christian Stewart appears to be the clear-cut backup that saw some reps during the Spring. Freshmen Hunter Moore and McCoy Hill will also be seen on the roster.
The future looks solid at the quarterback position for the Cougars. Fans can look forward to some fireworks in the Fall.