The leg injury to BYU QB Taysom Hill was worse than expected

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Utah State's Devin Centers (37) and Brian Suite (21) tackles BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (4) in the second quarter during an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Provo, Utah. Hill left the game injured following the play. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah State's Devin Centers (37) and Brian Suite (21) tackles BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (4) in the second quarter during an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Provo, Utah. Hill left the game injured following the play. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill had successful surgery Sunday to fix the broken leg he suffered against Utah State on Friday night, but during surgery doctors learned the injury was worse than originally feared.

According to coach Bronco Mendenhall, every ligament in Hill’s leg was shredded and he needed a plate and eight screws to stabilize the bone.

Despite the grim discovery, Hill was positive following his surgery.

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Initially, BYU noted that Hill would miss three or four months while recovering, but that was before it knew about the torn ligaments. BYU has not issued an updated recovering timeline.

Hill, a junior, was scrambling right in the second quarter when Utah State safety Brian Suite pulled him down and landed awkwardly on Hill’s lower left leg. Hill limped off the field before eventually being carted to the locker room.

Hill was a darkhorse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He was 4-0 as the starter coming into the Utah State game and had amassed 975 passing yards, 463 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns.

Christian Stewart, a senior, replaced Hill against Utah State and threw three interceptions. He will be the starter moving forward.

For more BYU news, visit CougarNation.com.

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