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Friday, October 12, 2012

Poll Results: Who was most impressive against Utah State?

Ezekiel Ansah is the answer to this week’s poll question. The Brigham Young Cougars defensive end received 77% of the votes. Tied for second were Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman with 8% each. Running Back Jamaal Williams was fourth with 4% of the vote, and the final 3% went to Taysom Hill.

Maybe I missed something, but my vote goes to Hill.

Each of these players had good games. Maybe Ansah has desensitized me by playing so well for three weeks in a row. He had a very nice game, but I wasn’t impressed with him as much as I was Hill.

Hill made great strides with throwing the ball from the Hawaii game, and this was against a much tougher defense. His completion percentage jumped from 57 percent to 67 percent. He more than doubled his passing yards (112 to 235).

Knee injury aside, it was also impressive that Hill led the team in rushing with 80 yards on 19 carries (even without that final carry he would have led the team in rushing).

What impressed me the most, however, was how Hill played with great poise. The ball distribution was great. His 24 completed passes were caught by seven different players, and four of them had three receptions or more. That kept Utah State guessing, and was probably a contributing factor as to why Cody Hoffman could get open three consecutive plays at the end of the first half.

That scoring drive was another impressive moment of poise under pressure. Remember, Hill is a true freshman. There are only 28 seconds left, and BYU had to go 61 yards. Four plays and only 25 seconds later, BYU was celebrating a touchdown pass. Hill did not throw an incomplete pass on the drive. He had ice water in his veins on that series.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Don’t forget to come back to BLUE COUGAR FOOTBALL after the Oregon State game to vote in a new poll.

The Editor appreciates all feedback. He can be reached via email at bluecougarfootball@gmail.com

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