BYU Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill could’ve ended his college football career after he suffered his third season-ending injury against Nebraska in last year’s opening game, but the senior decided to battle back for one last season. Hill joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday to explain his motivation for doing so.
“I think the biggest thing being removed from the game, it was so hard to go to the game on a little scooter and to be a cheerleader after you’ve worked so hard,” Hill said of sitting out last season. “To go and support your teammates, I was obviously happy to do it, but I also realized being away from the game how much I loved it.”
“And as my wife [Emily] and I talked about what our future is going to look like, we came to the conclusion that there’s just no way to replicate the experiences that you have in college, playing in the venues that you play in, and the atmosphere that you play with and with your friends and there’s just nothing like it.
“There was something that my wife said that really stood out to me through this whole process. She just said, ‘I feel like you’ve been robbed of a college experience,’ because I’ve missed so many games due to injury and at that point, I felt the love and support from my family members and those around me, and I knew I had the support that I needed, and I knew I was going to give it one more go.”
Although giving it one more go meant Hill had to engage in a battle for his starting spot in camp with Tanner Magnum, who filled in successfully for Hill as a freshman last season. Last week, BYU coaches named Hill the starter, and the signal caller talked about his elation over the decision.
“I was just excited. I think it was humbling again to come back to BYU and then to get the nod,” Hill said. “I was just excited to have the opportunity to play again, and there’s just nothing quite like college football. So to see that dream come to pass again and looking forward to this year, it’s just an exciting time.”
Being a big fan of the weight room, Rome asked Hill for the validity to a story about his coaches stopping him earlier this season while he attempted to break some of his records on the back squat.
“My mentality going into max day was I wanted to hit 600 [pounds] on the back squat. I hit 500, and I did it pretty easily, and the coaches came over and said you’re done, what are you doing?” Hill laughed.
When asked if he thinks he could actually could get 600 on the back squat, Hill said he would like the shot. “I mean I’m a competitor, right? So I got to believe in myself. I feel like I could, but it’s hard to say.”