BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall says an experienced quarterback gives an offense an identity and both the Cougars and Nebraska will have one when they collide on Saturday in Memorial Stadium.
After missing the final nine games of 2014 due to injury Taysom Hill returns to lead the BYU offense. Two years ago, Hill passed for nearly three thousand yards and rushed for more than 1300 yards.
“Nebraska has the same”, said Mendenhall. “A really explosive player who throws and ball well but certainly can run it well and similar size to Taysom. A little bit taller maybe and runs hard and runs physical.”
Tommy Armstrong enters his third season as the Huskers’ starter after compiling 3400 yards of total offense last season.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley says Hill’s ability to run and pass will force the Husker defense to be physical and disciplined.
“And the containment of the quarterback and how we play there is going to be huge”, said Riley. “Just about every one of their running plays has the element of the quarterback keeping the ball. Keeping the ball and running and keeping the ball and play action pass.”
Riley says it will take the type of discipline it requires to defend an option team.