Virginia LB says BYU QB Taysom Hill will win Heisman Trophy

Sunday September 21st, 2014

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.

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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.

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