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Taysom Hill beats out Tanner Mangum for BYU starting quarterback job

Taysom Hill has played two games against Boise State, losing in 2012 (7-6 in Boise) and winning in 2013 (37-20 in Provo). Combined against the Broncos, he is 31-of-51 for 381 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. He’s also carried the ball 30 times for 141 yards and two TDs. Before playing BSU on Oct. 20 in Boise, BYU plays Arizona, Utah, UCLA, West Virginia, Toledo, Michigan State and Mississippi State.
Taysom Hill has played two games against Boise State, losing in 2012 (7-6 in Boise) and winning in 2013 (37-20 in Provo). Combined against the Broncos, he is 31-of-51 for 381 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. He’s also carried the ball 30 times for 141 yards and two TDs. Before playing BSU on Oct. 20 in Boise, BYU plays Arizona, Utah, UCLA, West Virginia, Toledo, Michigan State and Mississippi State. Associated Press file

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.

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