With all the the preseason 2013 Heisman talk surrounding such names as reigning trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, QB Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville, and the Oregon Ducks signal caller Marcus Mariota, you always want to try to think outside the box, so to speak. Very rarely do any of the names mentioned at this point of the summer actually walk away from New York with the famed bronze trophy. Sometimes, it’s someone that the masses have not even considered.
This year, BYU Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill may be that surprising contender.
We were introduced to Hill last season as he got significant time on the field, splitting snaps with former Cougar standout Riley Nelson. Hill brought a skill-set to the Cougars offense that traditionally hasn’t been seen by BYU fans throughout their illustrious football history.
Hill is almost a Tim Tebow clone. Now, given Tebow’s professional setbacks, some may not see that as a good thing. But, if we’re speaking about success at the collegiate level, I’m giving Hill about as much credit as you can possibly give someone. He’s mobile out of the pocket, he displays somewhat of an unorthodox throwing motion, and he has that innate ability to make others on the field with him better.
With an experienced group of players returning around the sophomore and the QB being seemingly injury-free–one hindrance that he had to deal with last season, the stage could be set for Hill to take the country by storm, even more so than he began to last year.
BYU being of the independent classification certainly helps Hill’s case for a Heisman, scheduling wise.
One of the factors that Heisman voters look at is how you perform on a big stage in front of the nation. Well, with games scheduled this year against the likes of Texas, Utah, Boise State, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame, the QB is going to have his chance to wow everyone across the land.
If Hill can keep the injuries non-existent and will the Cougars through what can be considered a successful season in 2013–now keep in mind he doesn’t have to win all of those games, but he needs to keep them in the hunt–it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see TY Detmer receive some company in BYU QB history.