It’s been a long road back for BYU’s senior quarterback Taysom Hill, but he will finally retake his starting job in Week 1 of the 2016 season, according to a Tuesday report from Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
The competition this summer for who would start under center for BYU was fierce but remained friendly according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Last Thursday, coach Kalani Sitake said both signal callers stood out during the team’s latest scrimmage and declined to name a favorite in the competition.
Sitake did say, however, that the team would benefit if the starting quarterback announcement came soon, so he hinted that the decision could be made in a few days. The coach stayed true to his word, giving Hill the job just five days later.
Hill suffered a Lisfranc injury during Week 1 of last season against Nebraska. Incredibly enough, he returned to the field later in the same game, but then failed to play again. The previous year, Hill sustained a fractured leg on Oct. 3, which also ended his season prematurely.
Now 26 years old, Hill is entering his fourth season as the BYU starting quarterback, but he hasn’t completed a full year since 2013. That season, he threw for 2,938 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while adding 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Mangum, who is a sophomore, completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 3,377 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in place of Hill last year.
Hill and BYU will get thrown into the fire immediately this year. In the first couple weeks of the season, BYU will face Arizona and Utah on the road before encountering No. 16 UCLA.