“Yeah, I’m extremely excited,” Hill said. “I love BYU. You know, I don’t think my mindset or mentality is any different from years in the past. I’ll work as hard as I can from here until the end of the season. I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ve seen the schedule, as you guys have, and I’m excited to be a part of that and to have the opportunity to showcase what we as a team can do and what I can do on a national venue against teams that are well known throughout the country.”
The injury to Hill’s leg was like adding salt to the wound. BYU not only lost the game 35-20 against Utah State, but the injury ended Hill’s season. Still, Hill doesn’t believe the injury was due to him being exposed in BYU’s wide-open Go Hard, Go Fast offense. Rather, it was just a fluke accident and simply something that comes with the game.
“I think at the end of the day it was a fluke thing that could have happened to anybody,” said Hill. “I think there are things that could be said that I was being exposed for this year with the amount of the plays that we run, the no-huddle, the hurry up offense, and the amount of carries I was taking.
“I think there is, you know, conversation that could be had there. I think in many ways I’ve thought about both criteria, as you’ve mentioned, but at the end of the day it is football, right? I know that every day that I put the helmet on and strap up that there’s a likelihood that I could get injured. Going forward though, I would like to do everything that I can to minimize that risk.”
There is a natural tendency that occurs mentally that doesn’t allow a player to function confidently and at his best when a season-ending injury takes place. For Hill he claims it’s not going to be much of an issue, but for Hill this is his second major injury, leaving mental strength coach Dr. Craig Manning to check in on him.
“Not really and he reached out to me, and I’ve seen him sense,” said Hill. “I mean he was worried of where an injury can put a player mentally, and having gone through it and the things that I’ve alluded to earlier-being married and being in the financial program-I just turned my attention and focus to the classroom. Now it’s been about six and a half weeks since surgery my rehab is starting to become a little more intense and I can do a little bit more. My focus has turned to that as well.”
One aspect that has hurt Hill just as much as suffering a broken leg is the fact that he won’t be able to play next season with many of this close friends who are leaving after this season. He’s spent many moments with many of the seniors letting how much he appreciates them on a personal level.
“I think a lot of the more intimate conversations that I’ve had with players have been with the seniors,” said Hill. “Knowing that I’m not going to have the opportunity to play with those guys again and the bases of that conversation has been, you know, I’m grateful for your example, your friendship, your hard work, and for all the memories that we’ve been able to create this year. You know, sort of, ‘I wish you the best of luck going forward and this will be a friendship that will last a long time.’”
Cougar Cam: Taysom Hill
BYU Quarterback Taysom Hill talks about his injury, what it's been like for him during his down time with his injury, and his plans to return to BYU next season. Hill talks about the growth he had from the injury and the interaction he's received from teammates and much more.