BYU's senior quarterback Taysom Hill has been named to the pre-season watch list for yet another prestigious award. On Friday, Hill's name was included in the fifty player watch list for the Walter Camp Award. Founded in 1967, the Walter Camp Award is presented annually to the Division 1 FBS player of the year as determined by a group of FBS head coaches and sports information directors that comprise the Walter Camp Football Foundation. If Hill wins, he will be the first Cougar to bring home the illustrious award.
The 6'2", 221 lbs. A native of Pocatello, Idaho has shown an impressive playmaking ability during his season and a half resume as BYU's starter. In the 2013 season, his first as a starter, Hill completed 53.9% of his passes for 2,938 yards and 19 touchdowns, but was much more impressive as a runner, averaging 5.5 yards per carry on the way to 1,344 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. The highlight of the season for Hill was the September 7th game against Texas, where he rushed for 259 yards on 17 carries, with three rushing touchdowns. He struggled last year as a passer, which may hurt his chances of hoisting the award at the end of the season, but he did manage to complete 65.9% of his passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns against Houston.
With another year of tutelage by Robert Anae, Cougar fans expect Hill to improve on his passing numbers from 2013. Hill's rushing, always the strength of his game, should be even more dynamic as he distances himself even more from his 2012 knee injury.
A full list of the 50 nominees for the Walter Camp Award can be found here.