BYU QB Taysom Hill's knee brace is here to stay
Coach Bronco Mendenhall said Saturday that he thought Hill played well, and repeated that on Monday when he met with reporters after practice.
"Well, as the game got on the line, there was a third and 11, a third and 12, where he was taking shots and reaching ahead to get the first down, and it is hard to say, 'don't do that,'" Mendenhall said. "To be able to sustain that for 12 more games, he's not going to be able to do that, so the rest of the execution around him has to improve, so it doesn't happen, that he doesn't have that burden. Then, I would say I don't think the delivering of the ball was as much of an accuracy issue as catching. So I thought he had a good game, a strong game."<
Hill acknowledged that he never envisioned going 13 for 40 in his first college start on the road.
"It is frustrating, but hey, look at the conditions we were playing in. I am not one to make excuses and everything when we lose, but it is something we will learn from, and we will come back and we will be better at it. 13 of 40 is definitely something that we can improve on," he said.
Here's Hill on how he expects the team to respond:
"I don't know if you saw any practice, but we were pretty sharp today," he said Monday. "Obviously there is that mentality that we were frustrated. We were right there, we had a great opportunity to win the game. So there's that. And guys are hungry. I left our team meeting wanting to go play right now, and I feel like that is the vibes of the entire team, the thought that the entire team has.
Coach Anae said after practice that that is the focus that we need to have to go in and win a game. And that's the focus I expect all this week."