BYU star quarterback Taysom Hill will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a broken leg during the team’s 35-20 loss to Utah State. The injury occurred when Hill was scrambling to his right and brought down awkwardly by Aggies safety Brian Suite, who subsequently fell on Hill’s lower left leg. Originally, things looked promising for Hill as he limped off the field, but as soon as he was carted to the locker room things looked grim.
Hill is scheduled for surgery today and is expected to miss three to four months recovering. The junior quarterback should be able to return from the injury, but it remains to be seen if he will be able to perform at the same level.
The Heisman hopeful has been exceptional during the 2014 campaign, compiling 975 yards through the air to go along with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. However, it has been his legs that have kept him in Heisman contention. Hill had run for an impressive 463 yards and eight touchdowns before the incident brought his season to a halt.
Backup quarterback Christian Stewart struggled in his first game action, throwing three interceptions. Stewart, a fifth year senior, looked extremely uncomfortable in the offense and will need a week of reps. The Cougars have just two other quarterbacks on the roster – both freshmen- and Stewart is the only formidable option.
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