BYU's 2016 season already looked to be exciting and full of storylines. But now, the attention around the program could really explode. According to a source within the BYU athletic department, Taysom Hill will be returning to the football program for the 2016 season.
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***UPDATE: Taysom Hill tweeted the news himself:***
#Cougarnation I want to thank you for all of your love and support and let you know I am coming back to BYU for one more year!! #2016 #fam— Taysom Hill (@T_Hill4) February 16, 2016
A member of BYU's athletic training staff tweeted out the following, confirming Hill's return.
He's baaaaack! Welcome back for 2016 Taysom Hill. #byufootball— Brett Mortensen (@brett_mort) February 16, 2016
According to BYUCougars.com, Brett Mortensen is the rehabilitation coordinator in the sports medicine department. His responsibilities are listed as "Coordinator of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for BYU Athletics". If there is anyone who is close to the situation regarding Taysom's health it would be him.
There were multiple reports that former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall was actively recruiting Hill to follow him to UVA where he could play immediately as a graduate transfer. Others speculated that Hill could depart to Ann Arbor, Michigan to play for the coach who signed him out of high school in Jim Harbaugh.
Now that Hill is sticking with BYU alongside rising sophomore Tanner Mangum, the Cougars will have two excellent options at quarterback, and they might just have the most competitive QB battle in the country.
We'll have more as this develops.