BYU reported Saturday that freshman quarterback Taysom Hill suffered a knee injury and that further information will be released on Monday. Speculation is that he may need surgery and will be lost for the season. Meanwhile, Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune is quoting sources that Riley Nelson told people at a church meeting he will be starting Saturday against Oregon State.
What a mess. If this is all true Bronco Mendenhall and Brandon Doman deserve heavy criticism and need to take accountability. As the video above shows, the injury occurred on another quarterback draw as BYU was running out the clock. However with Utah State having just one timeout left the play was unnecessary. He could have just taken a knee just like he was told to do the two plays after that and still run out the clock.
While I was complimentary of Doman for his gameplan and his handling of Hill most of the game against Utah State you can’t help but wonder what the heck he was thinking. Meanwhile he and Mendenhall might want to reconsider their new BYU offensive philosophy of utilizing running quarterbacks. The more QB’s run the more likely they get injured. That’s now two that have been hurt. At least though for Mendenhall it allows him to put his “man crush” Nelson back in as the starter. Just in time to face two straight Top 10 ranked teams. Considering Nelson’s history against strong teams, that’s not a good thing.