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BYU football 2014: Quarterback Taysom Hill named to one Heisman Watch list

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill.
BYU quarterback Taysom Hill.
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BYU quarterback Taysom Hill enters his junior year looking for not only a possible trip to the first-ever College Football Playoff--but also some individual accolades.

None could be more impressive than the Heisman Trophy, the sport’s ultimate award and one that reporter Mike Huguenin thinks is well within Hill’s reach. Hill, who is a native of Pocatello, Idaho threw for almost 3,000 yards last season for the Cougars and had 19 touchdown passes against 14 interceptions.

Those somewhat average numbers in the air aren’t why Hill was named to Huguenin’s Heisman Watch list; it had more to do with Hill running for six 100-yard games last year as a sophomore.

While Huguenin admits that Hill needs to clean up his passing game in order to have the impact that dual-threat QB Jordan Lynch had last year for Northern Illinois--before the Huskies lost to Utah State at the Poinsettia Bowl--it is clear that 2014 is the year for Hill to make his presence felt.

Hill certainly can make the ground rumble beneath his feet; he ran for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013, averaging an impressive 103 yards per game. For a quarterback, those numbers are beyond impressive--and it’s something upon which Hill can improve with a weaker schedule in 2014.

BYU should also be able to improve upon an 8-5 record in Huguenin’s estimation. The Cougars have a much easier road to hoe. The only difficult road games for BYU on its schedule could be at Texas in the second week of the season and on the blue turf of Boise State in mid-season.

BYU gets rival Utah State at home, as well as explosive Houston and the Cougars will also get an opportunity to exact revenge in Provo on the Virginia team that beat them last season. Sprinkled between those all-important games are winnable road trips at Middle Tennessee and Cal along with home games against Nevada and UNLV.

In all, it’s a very manageable schedule but will it be enough to help Hill contend for the Heisman? That’s hard to say at this juncture but you have to like that people are already considering Hill so early in the process.

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