BYU’s 2016 season was already lining up to be an exciting one with their loaded schedule and new coaching staff, but now it gets even more interesting as Taysom Hill announced he is returning to the Cougars for next year.
— Taysom Hill (@T_Hill4) February 16, 2016
Hill made the decision during a team meeting saying, “I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.”
This now gives BYU a pair of very good quarterbacks for next year in Hill and Tanner Mangum, and some extra depth. Hill had options to go to other schools as a graduate transfer with Michigan and Virginia being the two likely places. The former due to Hill being recruited and signing with Jim Harbaugh when he was the head coach at Stanford, and the latter due to Bronco Mendenhall and most of the former BYU staff heading East.
With this announcement the assumption is that Hill is healthy, or at the very worst will be healthy enough to play football once spring ball comes around within the next month.
Those spring practices already were going to be exciting, but with Hill back in the fold it makes these practices even more heightened with the senior taking reps alongside Mangum to determine the 2016 starter. This competition likely will go well past spring and summer and go until fall camp in August.
Having an experienced quarterback like Hill on the roster will help the new staff of Kalani Sitake and new offensive coordinator Ty Detmer.
The conversation over the next half year will be all about who will be the starting quarterback when the Cougars head to Glendale, Arizona, to take on the Arizona Wildcats on Sept. 3.