A quarterback who can’t answer the bell. An offense that can’t move. A backup who’s suddenly popular.
Sound familiar? It should. A couple of weeks ago, Utah starting QB Jordan Wynn announced his career was over. He had been average against Northern Colorado, worse against Utah State, until he was knocked out of the game. In came Jon Hays, who nearly executed a win, then did produce a win against BYU.
Now it’s BYU’s turn. It had been using the popular Riley Nelson, but he hasn’t been himself since getting hurt against Weber State in the second game of the year. On Saturday he was removed in favor of Taysom Hill, a freshman. Whether it was injuries or poor play, there’s now a quarterback controversy at BYU.
I would say that if the benching was injury related, the Cougars should throw their support behind Hill. His bad back likely won’t improve. But if his benching was heavily related to poor play, I’d give him another chance.
He didn’t win the spot from Jake Heaps by giving up.
Remember, this is the guy everyone was calling gutsy and tough when he brought the Cougars back against USU last year. He also won a bowl game for the Cougars. He was 8-1 last season, counting the win over USU. This year he beat Washington State and Weber before narrowly losing to Utah and Boise State.
If you were Bronco Mendenhall, which would you do?