As the BYU Cougars prepare for the struggles of remaining an Independent heading into the College Football Playoff era, their focus turns to the impending 2014 season. Bronco Mendenhall will have his team prepared, as they always are, to be one of the toughest non-Power five teams in college football this season. Helping BYU’s cause this season will be the return of quarterback Taysom Hill, who should emerge as one of the nation’s more dynamic playmakers of 2014.
Last season, Hill emerged as an underrated dual-threat for the Cougars, throwing for 2,938 yards and 19 passing touchdowns in addition to 1,344 yards rushing and another 10 touchdowns on the ground. He ranked No. 10 in the country for total offense, accounting for 329.4 yards per game. He took games over not only with his legs, such as when he rushed for 259 yards against the Texas Longhorns, but also with his arm, like when he threw for 417 yards against the Houston Cougars.
The key for Hill will be to make strides to be a more consistent passer in 2014. While he made plenty of plays through the air, Hill made plenty of mistakes that hurt the Cougars. He completed just 53.9 percent of his passes and threw 14 interceptions. Seven times, he completed less than 60 percent of his passes during a game and three times completed less than 40 percent of his throws.
If Hill can make strides as a passer in 2014, he’ll develop into an elite playmaker when combined with his physical running style. By becoming a more complete quarterback, Tayson Hill will lead BYU to great success this season and earn his rightful place in the spotlight.