Man that is some heart wrenching stuff. The highest of highs –
Followed by the lowest of lows.
Taysom Hill, one of the best QBs in college football when healthy, missing the last 8 weeks of last season with a fractured leg, working out like crazy all offseason to get back…then breaking his foot in game 1 on a touchdown run. Season ending injury for the 3rd time in 4 years.
Tough ass kid too.
Hill actually suffered the Lisfranc injury in the second quarter on a 21-yard touchdown run as he planted his foot. Nobody touched him.
Hill limped into the locker room and was checked by medical personnel.
“They took him in, knew what the injury was, taped him up and he wanted to go in again, which our trainers said they have never seen (with that type of injury),” Mendenhall said. “He went on grit and determination and tried to help our football team win. He’s an amazing person.”
After Mangum came in for a few plays in the second quarter, Hill returned and went on to throw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mathews late in that period.
“He allowed us to stay within striking distance,” Mendenhall said. “There’s no player or person that I’ve coached that I care more about than Taysom. So it’s bittersweet.”
In the fourth quarter, Hill left the game again and Mangum took over the rest of the way.
“We heard he had tore it, that second quarter he comes out and he’s playing and so we think maybe it’s not that bad,” Mathews said. “I’m sitting on the sideline talking to him and he acts like nothing is happening. That’s just the type of guy he is. He is really tough. I found out earlier, and the second time he went in you knew deep down it was the worst. You come into the locker room and you want to celebrate, but you want to console a guy like that. Like I said, he is one of the best players in the country and he deserves that.” [Deseret News]
Think his teammates like him?
“Really bittersweet,” said wide receiver Mitch Mathews, who caught the game-winning touchdown with no time left on the clock from freshman Tanner Mangum. “(Hill is) one of my best friends. You see him with that severe of an injury and come back in and play, you almost want to cry during the game for how tough he is and how great of a leader he is and how we’re going to play for him even more. The catch comes secondary to my love for my best friend. He’ll be missed.”
“I love Taysom so much. He’s our leader, he’s our captain,” Mangum said. “Even though he wasn’t on the field, his presence was felt. All of us wanted to fight hard for him, just like he was fighting hard for the team … Taysom … has helped me so much in preparing to come in if needed.”
He told me what happened. My heart goes out to him. Man, I love that guy. He’s done so much and will continue to do a lot for our team. Guys look to him for leadership. I told him I was sorry, because it’s hard. That’s one of the hardest things. We all have his back. We’ll all be there for him.”