Is BYU Looking To Create What The Saints Have With Taysom Hill?

Apr 5, 2019, 9:20 AM | Updated: 9:21 am

Quarterback Jaren Hall looks to throw during BYU scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at LaVell Edwar...

Quarterback Jaren Hall looks to throw during BYU scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Hall, a Maple Mountain High alum, moonlights on the BYU baseball team. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

(Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Salt Lake City, Utah – At a recent scrimmage, the BYU Cougars football team displayed an offense that featured running quarterbacks, specifically with backup Jaren Hall.

Scott Mitchell, former NFL quarterback, said his first thought was that the Cougs may be looking to use Hall like the New Orleans Saints use Taysom Hill.

Hill, former BYU quarterback, just finished his second season with the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He plays multiple positions for the Saints that include quarterback, running back, tight end and specialist. He may be the most versatile backup quarterback in the NFL.

Hill had two touchdowns, but made a splash on special teams with a blocked punt and a few fake pass plays. He had a touchdown catch in the NFC Championship game.

Zach Wilson, BYU’s clear starting quarterback, did not participate in spring football following surgery to repair an old injury. Hall took most of the reps.


BYU Innovating With Jaren Hall?

This running, catching, throwing quarterback made Mitchell wonder aloud on his podcast, Rivals, if BYU is trying to create something similar with Wilson’s backup, Hall.

Hall is a dual sport athlete, playing on both the football and baseball team at BYU. Mitchell described Hall as a “stellar athlete.”

Mitchell thinks this “running quarterback” talk may be that the Cougars recognize talent in Jaren Hall and wants to use the talent in new, innovative ways even though their starting quarterback position is claimed.

“The minute I read this I thought, they are trying to do the same thing the Saints did with Taysom Hill,” said Mitchell.

Rivals Warning: Don’t Run Wilson

Jason Buck, former BYU defensive end and co-host of Rivals podcast, and Mitchell agree that they hope the coaching staff doesn’t want to attempt too much running game with Zach Wilson.

“You just can’t risk him, defensive guys will hit him hard and get as much as a shot on him as they possibly can” warned Mitchell.

Is BYU Lacking Depth?

Mitchell wondered if these hints at running quarterbacks could mean the team lacks depth at the running back position.

“Maybe they are a little nervous and trying to develop a quarterback to run,” said Mitchell.

If you enjoyed this take, subscribe to Rivals Podcast wherever you find podcasts or on the KSL Sports app.

Listen to the full conversation below.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

justin sterner byu...

Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: After Continuing Family Legacy At BYU, Justin Sterner Has Eyes On MLB

Carrying on the family legacy at BYU was always the goal for Justin Sterner; he didn't always know if baseball would get him there.

17 hours ago

daniel schneeman...

Brian Preece

Locals In MiLB: Former BYU Cougar Making Triple-A Case For Big League Promotion

Daniel Schneeman is on fire at the plate this season for last-place Columbus, putting himself in position to make his MLB debut this summer.

2 days ago

BYU Football, Sale Fano, Westlake High Commit...

Mitch Harper

Westlake Edge Rusher Sale Fano Commits To BYU Football

BYU picks up a commitment from a Westlake High School prospect.

4 days ago


Michelle Bodkin

Utah Basketball Mourns Loss Of Kenny Gardner

The Runnin' Utes are mourning the loss of larger-than-life former player Kenny Gardner who passed away at the age of 75. 

6 days ago

BYU Football, Greatest Players, Ty Detmer...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football’s 100 Greatest Players Of All-Time: Nos. 1-25

The best of the best from BYU football.

6 days ago

BYU Basketball, Elijah Crawford...

Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Lands Former Stanford Signee Elijah Crawford

BYU adds a four-star composite prospect to the 2024-25 roster.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Is BYU Looking To Create What The Saints Have With Taysom Hill?