Virginia linebacker Max Valles predicted BYU quarterback Taysom Hill will win the Heisman Trophy after the No. 20 Cougars beat the Cavaliers, 41-33, in Provo on Saturday.
"I told him after the game ... he is the best athlete I have every played against — college or high school," Valles said after the game, according to Steve Luhm of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Hill, a junior, rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries on Saturday and was 13-for-23 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Hill has 876 passing yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions for the 4-0 Cougars and 428 rushing yards and seven rushing TDs.
"Our [assistants] did a great job of putting a game plan together that helped us be competitive," Virginia coach Mike London told Luhm. "[But] they played better than us in the end and deserved to win.
"A lot of it had to do with their quarterback. He broke some arm tackles. [But] he’s a physical guy. He’s a really good player and quarterback. He performed well for them in the clutch — when it counted."
BYU will play host to Utah State (2-2) on Oct. 3.
- Chris Mascaro