QB Taysom Hill announces return to BYU football for fifth year


Senior quarterback Taysom Hill announced he will return for the 2016 BYU Football season Tuesday afternoon on Twitter.

Hill made the announcement to the BYU football coaches on Tuesday morning after a team meeting. Head football coach Kalani Sitake weighed in on Hill’s decision in an official statement.

“Taysom is a proven commodity and is a great leader for our football team,” Sitake said. “We are thrilled to have him back for one more year.”

Hill sits at No. 13 in BYU history for both career passing yards with 4,606 yards as well as touchdowns responsible, with 55 touchdowns. He also has 2,212 total rushing yards. Hill and to-be-sophomore quarterback Tanner Mangum will compete for playing time. Mangum stepped up after Hill’s injury and recored 3,377 yards passing and 25 touchdowns his freshman year.

Hill suffered his third season-ending injury September 10, 2015 in the Cougars’ 33-28 win over Nebraska when he broke his foot. He also suffered a knee injury his freshman year and a leg fracture and ligament tear his junior year.

Hill finished 21-of-34 for 268 yards against Nebraska with one touchdown and one interception before his Lisfranc injury. Hill also rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, tying Ronney Jenkins and Pete Van Valkenburg for No. 8 in career rushing touchdowns with 24 total touchdowns.

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