BYU QB Taysom Hill will participate in Manning Passing Academy in July
Apparently, NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and their father, former NFL QB Archie Manning, believe BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has a bright future.
Hill will join the Manning Passing Academy this summer, having accepted an invitation to work as an instructor at the camp July 10-13.
The camp is held at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.
Only the nation's elite college quarterbacks are invited to participate as instructors at the camp; Last year, Georgia's Aaron Murray, South Carolina's Connor Shaw, LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (until he left early) helped the Mannings.<
BYU's spring camp wrapped up last Friday with coach Bronco Mendenhall, offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck all heaping praise on Hill, a 6-foot-2, 223-pound junior, for his progress during the five-week camp. Hill threw for 2,938 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, while rushing for 10 more scores.
But he also threw 14 interceptions, and completed just 53.9 percent of his passes.
"I am happy with our progression, and our direction as an offense, and as a team," Hill said last Friday. "We got after each other every day. I think collectively, as a whole, we got better."
What about his own improvement?
"I think the thing that jumps off the page is third downs, and our completion percentage, because that was two goals that we had as an offense going into spring. We were right at those goals going into today's practice, and we achieved well above that today. So we did really well. So I would say third downs and completion percentage [is where he improved]," he said.
Here's more from Hill's final spring practice interview:
On the BYU receivers and their emergence:
"Those guys started to play really well. I thought Terenn Houk had an extremely good spring. I would say that he had as good of a spring as any body on our team. I was pleased with that. It made us a lot better. We had a really good inside presence there, and something we really wanted to focus on. I was really pleased with Terenn. I trust that guy a lot, and so he went up and made a lot of plays.
Nick Kurtz, he emerged. This last practice was his best practice, by far, and he played extremely well. And I think all things considered, coming in and learning the new scheme, going fast and going hard, all that stuff, he played really well and lived up to the hype and the expectations that he came in with."