Taysom Hill got his birthday present a few days early this year.
BYU’s oft-injured fifth-year senior, who turned 26 on Tuesday, learned last week that coaches have tabbed him to be the Cougars’ starting quarterback on Sept. 3 when BYU meets Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Offensive coordinator Ty Detmer broke the news to the media on Tuesday, and moments later new head coach Kalani Sitake confirmed that five months of speculation regarding whom the coaches would pick — Hill or sophomore Tanner Mangum — was over.
“The best guy won,” Sitake said, “and a great player was second place. So it is a great spot to be in, where we had two great ones competing for it, and it just felt like Taysom was the guy who earned the spot.”
Both quarterbacks are from Idaho: Hill from Highland High in Pocatello, Mangum from Eagle.