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Knee injury shelves BYU quarterback Hill for year

By LYNN DeBRUIN (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 1 hour 9 minutes ago

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have surgery on his left knee and will miss the rest of the season with a lateral collateral injury suffered on his final carry in Friday night's 6-3 win over Utah State.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall announced the injury after practice Monday as the team geared up to play No. 10 Oregon State, which will be without starting QB Sean Mannion because of knee surgery.

BYU senior Riley Nelson said Monday he is ready, pain-free and will start against the Beavers after missing two games with what he called ''back fractures.''

''My heart goes out to (Hill),'' Nelson said. ''Season-ending injuries are tough. I've experienced those before. They're hard to get over but first and foremost it's a big blow to our team. He's a playmaker and one of our best offensive weapons. It leaves a hole in our offense.''

Hill passed for 425 yards this season and rushed for 336, with 8 TDs.

His injury occurred on a 4-yard run - even though coaches were trying to get him to take a knee with about a minute to play and Utah State down to one timeout.

Mendenhall said Hill received a sign from the sideline that indicated the clock was going and to run the play but looked away as the ''victory'' signal came in momentarily thereafter.

That meant Hill should have taken a knee on the season-ending play, as he did the next two plays.

''There was miscommunication, and I'm responsible when anything happens when one of my guys gets hurt,'' Mendenhall said Monday.

BYU trainer Jeff Hurst said Hill took a helmet directly on the left knee and also injured his hamstring. He will have surgery within the week, and recovery will take 4-to-6 months - a shorter period than if he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

Hurst said Hill should recover fully, good news for the Cougars (4-2) considering he is BYU's quarterback of the future.

Hurst would not go into Nelson's specific injury but said he looked great Monday.

''He's moving around really well and looked as good as he has since the injury occurred,'' Hurst said.

''I wouldn't let him play unless I felt very comfortable with him playing.''

Can the fiery, competitive Nelson withstand the hits if he tucks the ball and runs?

''I hope so. That's generally what he does,'' Hurst said. ''He should be fine.''

Nelson entered the season as BYU's starter, and led the Cougars past Washington State and had a big first half against Weber State. But he didn't play the second half against Weber State because of what coaches said were back spasms.

He played but not well in losses to Utah and No. 24 Boise State, and eventually was yanked in the second half against Boise State in favor of Hill.

Nelson has completed 64 of 109 passes for 754 yards, but has as many touchdowns (5) as interceptions. He has rushed for 238 yards and three TDs.

On Monday, Nelson insisted he would continue to play his style, while being smart,

''I ran when I needed to run when I was playing with fractures to my back. Now that they're healed, I don't expect to be playing any differently,'' Nelson said without elaborating on the injury.

But he hopes to be smart about it, especially seeing Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III knocked out this weekend on a run.

''If called on to run the ball on a draw or option, I will do that, but the unnecessary hits ... RG III, he didn't have to take that hit down there and there's been example of hits I didn't have to take,'' Nelson said. ''So I'll avoid those moving forward. It's been my goal since Day 1, but it a hard skill to learn.''

Otherwise, Nelson said only his conditioning isn't quite where it should be.

''My back feels good, so I'll be able to move freely and there won't be constant pain,'' Nelson said. ''It was at a point where I was feeling it every step, and every throw and every cut and every move. That occupied my mind so much it affected my decision-making and my play and my confidence. That's all gone because I don't feel pain anymore. I'm back to myself.''

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May be some luck involved, but I also think we could look at depth as a reason we've been pretty healthy, especially on D. Rotate guys in, less chance for them to get fatigued and then injured. Plus we have Longo. As these guys adapt to his methods, we should be pretty darn healthy. Hope the kid bounces back, hate to see anyone get hurt doing what they love.

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BYU hasn't been a barn burner on offense but i did watch the HILL fella play a little and he had some punch due to his mobility.

 

Now back to a banged up riley nelson---damn it just looks bad for BYU pulling an upset against us----

 

If we can get by stanford--thats a big if of course---BYU no longer is much of a trap game and odds are very high we go into Oklahoma at 7-0 ----damn that would be beautiful!

 

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May be some luck involved, but I also think we could look at depth as a reason we've been pretty healthy, especially on D. Rotate guys in, less chance for them to get fatigued and then injured. Plus we have Longo. As these guys adapt to his methods, we should be pretty darn healthy. Hope the kid bounces back, hate to see anyone get hurt doing what they love.

 

Nothing like this happened...???...

 

Slaughter

Collinsworth

Wood

 

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Nothing like this happened...???...

 

Slaughter

Collinsworth

Wood

 

??????

Add in Spond's scary moment, Chase Hounshell, Tate Nichols, Alex Welch and Amir Carlisle as rotation guys who have missed time.

 

Roberson and Carrico are two guys with careers that are over due to injury.

 

Also, Devaris Daniels was nicked up for a couple of games.

 

Luckily, we've been able to play through these, good to see talented guys ready to roll when they are asked to step in.

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thats to bad for byu but it could've happened to ND in the first quarter of the miami game. did anyone else notice the nasty shot that golson took when he dove for the goalline on NDs first TD drive. when he dove he took a nasty shot on the knee from a miami player and i was a little surprised golson didn't get hurt (looked bad in slow mo), golson has a pretty thin frame and can't take to many of those types of hits.

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thats to bad for byu but it could've happened to ND in the first quarter of the miami game. did anyone else notice the nasty shot that golson took when he dove for the goalline on NDs first TD drive. when he dove he took a nasty shot on the knee from a miami player and i was a little surprised golson didn't get hurt (looked bad in slow mo), golson has a pretty thin frame and can't take to many of those types of hits.

 

Or riddick had a sweep where he got turned around and was going backward/falling near the first down marker. A miami LB came barreling in headfirst and just missed the back of Riddick's helmet as he fell to the ground.

 

If that connected it would not have been good....

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I am sure people are still scared about the BYU game... That game will be a blowout.

 

Admittedly, I was a bit concerned about Hill as the BYU starter. He reminds me of a slightly more polished Taylor Martinez in his Fresh and Soph year.

 

Hill starts and they put it on Hawaii! Then come USU...as we were watching the game I told my wife there's no way that kid can keep running like that, he's going to end up hurt. Sure enough, end of the game he goes down.

 

James Lark will likely start against Oregon St this week so we'll have an opportunity to scout him. The local press is billing Lark as more of a pocket passer than a runner ala Nelson or Hill.

 

Either way, I still think ND puts it on the Y.

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Admittedly, I was a bit concerned about Hill as the BYU starter. He reminds me of a slightly more polished Taylor Martinez in his Fresh and Soph year.

 

Hill starts and they put it on Hawaii! Then come USU...as we were watching the game I told my wife there's no way that kid can keep running like that, he's going to end up hurt. Sure enough, end of the game he goes down.

 

James Lark will likely start against Oregon St this week so we'll have an opportunity to scout him. The local press is billing Lark as more of a pocket passer than a runner ala Nelson or Hill.

 

Either way, I still think ND puts it on the Y.

 

what happened to nelson? i thought hill was more of a problem for us than nelson. in the past, we've always struggled with that type of mobile qb.

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what happened to nelson? i thought hill was more of a problem for us than nelson. in the past, we've always struggled with that type of mobile qb.

 

Nelson was injured in the Boise or Utah game, can't remember which one and Apparently has something wrong with his back. He has been dressed as an emergency QB, but hasn't played since the injury.

 

Just got an update as I was typing...looks like Nelson will be back this week with Lark as the backup. Nelson plays a bit wreckless so don't be surprised if he's on the sideline again.

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