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BYU football: Senior Taysom Hill wins starting QB job

August 23, 2016 GMT

Provo • Ending five months of speculation, BYU football coach Kalani Sitake announced Tuesday that fifth-year senior Taysom Hill will be the Cougars’ starting quarterback against Arizona in the season opener on Sept. 3.

Hill, who is coming back from his third season-ending injury, earned the nod over sophomore Tanner Mangum, the backup who stepped in after Hill suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in the 2015 opener against Nebraska.

“He won the spot — that’s pretty much how it was,” Sitake said.

Hill, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Tuesday, said he was told last week that he would be the starter.

“It feels great. … I felt like the situation was handled really well,” said Hill, who has received 80 percent of the repetitions in practice since Friday. “It is nice to be able to look forward and prepare for Arizona.”

Sitake said that Mangum “handled it well” when he was informed that coaches were going with Hill. The plan is to still use Mangum in 2016 and not redshirt him.

“He is 100 percent healthy, and he is a fifth-year senior,” offensive coordinator Ty Detmer said when asked why Hill got the spot. “He’s got the experience, and the leadership of the group, and so we feel really comfortable with him in there.”

Detmer said that Mangum “made it a tough decision, which was his job. We feel really good with both those guys, and Tanner is going to be ready to go if called upon. There is no doubt about that.”

This story will be updated.