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Taysom Hill returns to quarterback competition

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Taysom Hill is back from a knee injury, but will have to fight for the starting BYU quarterback job.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - When BYU quarterback Taysom Hill tore ligaments in his knee on October 5th, not many people thought he'd be back for spring practice. But Hill always knew.

"Initially, I was told the the injury was much worse," Hill said. "But, in my mind, this was always the goal. This was always where I wanted to get to. I'm really happy to be where I'm at right now."

Hill is a bit limited in practice, but is still taking snaps with the first team offense.

"The doctors are hesitant in letting me get to 100 percent, but it felt really good," Hill said after the Cougars first spring practice. "It's been a long time coming since I've been able to throw the ball around. But I've felt good with the time I've had dealing with the injury. Everything felt really good today."

After taking over the starting job last season as a freshman, Hill threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 336 yards and four more touchdowns. So, you would think he would have the starting job wrapped up, but head coach Bronco Mendenhall isn't ready to give him the job just yet.

"It would start with Taysom Hill just because of some experience he has from a year ago," said Hill. "But that's really not enough to say that he is the heir apparent or he's the established quarterback. But if you had to say there is a pecking order, he would be first. But, that's not a huge lead over anybody else."

There are no less than six quarterbacks on the BYU roster. But Hill, who is competing with Jason Munns, Ammon Olsen, Tanner Mangum, Billy Green and Christian Stewart, is the only player with any game experience.

"All of us didn't get here at a division one university without competition and that's where we thrive," Hill said. "We're all used to it. We've all competed for jobs before and I'm looking forward to it."

Hill and the other quarterbacks have had to get used to offensive coordinator Robert Anae's fast offensive system. The goal is to run a play every 20-30 seconds.

"It's been great," Hill said. "It's fast-paced, it's quick. It's not quite as complicated as we're used to, so it's going to allow us to play quick and fast. We had the defense on their toes a couple drives today. A couple more practices, we'll get used to it and it's going to be tough to stop."
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