Clearly, it is not the popular choice, but I am going to say Hill should not be the Cougars’ starting quarterback.
- Riley Nelson did not do anything to justify being benched, when he is healthy. Nelson was playing well to start the year. At halftime of the Weber State game, no one was screaming, "Nelson needs to be benched!" Even while he was hurt, he almost rallied BYU to a win over Utah. No matter how bad you may think he played that game, you cannot blame the loss on Nelson. The offensive line was horrible that night.
- Hill is not ready to start. Thanks to his running ability, he played a good game against a very bad defense. Despite Hawaii’s defense being as bad as it was, Hill was still just 12 of 21 passing for 112 yards. That is less than 10 yards per completion. Hill cannot “get by” with his fast feet. Just look at Michiganquarterback Denard Robinson. Defenses will quickly find a way to plug up those run lanes and force Hill to throw the ball. Hill has potential as a passer, but right now he is not a better passer than Nelson.
- Injuries. Starting Hill for the rest of the season is a great way to get him seriously injured. Since he is not a polished passer and does not have a great grasp of the offense, he will rely on his legs too much. That will put him in harms way. The odds are very high Hill will be injured before the season ends. That could then set back his development and progress during the off season because he is busy rehabilitating instead of doing what the heir to the throne should be doing to get ready.
- Freshmen quarterbacks usually are not good. How quickly we forget the mighty struggles of Jake Heaps. Return missionary John Beck wasn’t any better in 2003 playing as a true freshman. If BYU had a killer offensive line and a strong run game to lean on, then Hill might be able to survive starting. BYU doesn’t have either of these, which means Hill will be asked to do much more than he is capable of doing as a freshman. Like the injuries, that could have a detrimental effect on Hill's development.
I like Hill and think he has a very bright future at BYU, but the future isn't now.
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