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BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill's collegiate career is over after hyperextending his left elbow in the school's game against Utah State.

The injury requires surgery. Hill extended his arm in an effort to brace his fall, but the elbow bent awkwardly and Hilly immediately headed for the sideline. Tanner Mangum will start in his place for BYU's bowl game. Hill turned 26 in August.
Nov 28 - 8:47 AM

BYU senior RB Jamaal Williams rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the school's 28-10 win over Utah State.

Williams returned to the field for this contest after dealing with an ankle injury. Some evaluators really love what they see in Williams, and he will have a chance to win others over at the Senior Bowl. It is a loaded running back class.
Nov 27 - 8:51 AM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) is expected to play Saturday against Utah State.

After a two-game absence owing to his bothersome ankle, Williams returned to practice earlier this week. BYU head coach Kalani Sitake indicated to reporters that the offense "will run through" Williams again if he's fully healthy. Sitake also said the Cougs, headed to the Poinsettia Bowl, will "empty the tank" against 3-8 Utah State and use the next month to recover.
Nov 23 - 3:26 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill completed 19-of-31 passes for 165 yards while rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 51-9 win over UMass.

Hill was coming off his best passing game of the season, having just thrown for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Southern Utah last weekend. No such luck through the air on Saturday, though. He has now failed to throw for a touchdown in four of 11 games and has been held under 200 yards passing in six contests. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder at least got the job done on the ground, as those 81 yards rushing against UMass represent his third best tally of the season.
Nov 19 - 5:40 PM

BYU RB Jamaal Williams has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

You might remember that Williams produced a 286 rushing yards and five touchdown game against Toledo. Williams did miss tow games earlier in the year due to injury and sat out all of 2015 due to personal reasons. He has looked great in his return. It is worth noting that Williams' college career started in 2012, so he is likely older than many of his peers.
Source: Desert news
Nov 16 - 8:57 AM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake could not offer a definitive answer as to whether redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) will be able to play against UMass on Saturday.

Williams' ankle injury prevented him from playing against Southern Utah over the weekend. The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt senior has now missed two out of the last three games due to that ailment. His playing status for this weekend should clarify over the course of the practice week. In eight relatively healthy contests, Williams has rushed for 1,034 yards and seven touchdowns.
Nov 14 - 2:09 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill (shoulder) completed 22-of-29 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 37-7 win over Southern Utah.

The opponent might not impress, but regardless, this was Hill's first game with 300 yards passing in 2016. It took him 10 games to finally hit that mark. In addition to his two scoring passes, he rushed for another. For the season as a whole, the 6-foot-2, 232-pounder has passed for 2,057 yards with an 11/10 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 12 - 6:27 PM

BYU OC Ty Detmer said that redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill (shoulder) will be at full health against Southern Utah on Saturday.

Hill sustained a shoulder injury in last Saturday's win over Cincinnati, but not a major one. It looks as though he will be able to fight through without missing a game. There has been recent chatter that sophomore gunslinger Tanner Mangum could see some playing time in November, but HC Kalani Sitake has been consistent in propping up Hill as starter.
Nov 10 - 3:40 PM

BYU HC Kalani Sitake indicated that sophomore QB Tanner Mangum could play against Southern Utah this coming weekend.

Sitake wouldn't commit to a specific number of snaps for Mangum and declined to say for certain whether the sophomore gunslinger would play on Saturday. He did let on that Mangum's playing status was a topic that he had broached with regular starter Taysom Hill. Hill has struggled mightily in the passing game this season, but BYU has logged wins in four of their last five games, so it is unlikely that Hill gets benched outright unless he crashes into a brick wall. BYU needs one more win to reach bowl eligibility. They have an accommodating schedule on that front, closing with contests against Southern Utah, UMass and Utah State.
Nov 7 - 2:06 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill completed 15-of-25 passes for 130 yards and an interception while rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-3 win over Cincinnati.

Make it four in a row with fewer than 200 yards passing for Hill. It is nice to see the ever-injured quarterback turn in a healthy campaign, but his actual play has left much to be desired. For the season as a whole, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound aged one has thrown for 1,709 yards with a 9/9 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 444 yards and six touchdowns over the course of nine games played.
Nov 5 - 6:53 PM

BYU redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) rushed for 92 yards on 25 carries in Saturday's 20-3 win over Cincinnati.

At one point in the third quarter, Williams was lifted due to an injury concern -- he is dealing with an ankle tweak suffered in late October -- but he managed to return to action a short time later. For the game as a whole, the 6-foot, 200-pounder was kept in check, relatively speaking, averaging 3.7 YPC with a long run of 14 yards. In eight games played (he sat against Boise State due to the aforementioned ankle injury), Williams has now rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Cougars improved to 5-4 with Saturday's win. They will need to win one of their final three games to become bowl-eligible. BYU's November will wrap with contests against Southern Utah, UMass and Utah State. It wouldn't be a surprise if they won all three of those contests.
Nov 5 - 6:42 PM

BYU HC Kalani Sitaki said that redshirt senior RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) should be able to play against Cincinnati on Saturday.

Said Sitake, "I think [having this past bye week to rest up is] going to be huge for him, and his development, and his progression in becoming 100 percent." He added that the 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt senior "should be good to go." An ankle issue sidelined Williams just prior to the bye, as he sat out against Boise State on October 20. In seven games this season, he has rushed for 942 yards (5.7 YPC) and 10 touchdowns. He has surpassed 100 yards rushing in four contests.
Nov 1 - 4:46 PM

When asked whether sophomore QB Tanner Mangum would see the field against Cincinnati this weekend, BYU HC Kalani Sitaki said, "[redshirt senior QB] Taysom [Hill] is our starter."

Of course, Hill starting doesn't necessarily preclude Mangum from playing on Saturday. The Cougars have had a bye week since their last game, a 28-27 loss to Boise State on October 20. Hill threw for a mere 187 yards in that one, marking the third consecutive contest in which he has failed to top 200 yards through the air. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder holds a 9/8 TD/INT ratio through eight games and has just two contests to his fair name in which he has thrown for multiple touchdowns. Even his work on the ground has been relatively muted. He has surpassed 50 yards rushing just three times, totaling 369 yards and five touchdowns overall. BYU currently sits at 4-4 for the campaign as a whole. They will close the 2016 regular season out with contests against Cincinnati, Southern Utah, UMass and Utah State. Given that soft November slate, BYU should be able to earn their way into a lesser bowl barring a collapse.
Oct 31 - 2:50 PM

BYU redshirt sophomore RB Squally Canada rushed for 88 yards on 21 carries in Thursday's 28-27 loss to Boise State.

With Jamaal Williams sidelined due to an ankle injury, Canada earned himself starter carries. The 5-foot-11, 202-pounder failed to offer anything resembling Williams' explosiveness and averaged just 4.2 YPC with a long run of 13 yards. BYU will be off on bye next weekend before gearing up to play Cincinnati on November 5. Squally doesn't offer much fantasy upside, particularly if Williams is able to get right in advance of that showdown with the Bearcats.
Oct 21 - 3:08 PM

BYU redshirt senior QB Taysom Hill completed 21 of 42 attempts for 187 yards in the school's 28-27 loss to Boise State.

Hill also carried the ball for a touchdown on 48 yards. On the season Hill has 14 total touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Cougars have taken a step back this season in terms of their record, however, the school turned it around in recent weeks, beating Michigan State and Mississippi State before losing to BYU.
Oct 21 - 11:14 AM


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