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Former BYU QB Taysom Hill Scores Touchdown In Sixth Consecutive Game

Dec 27, 2020, 9:26 PM | Updated: Dec 28, 2020, 9:55 pm
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Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former BYU and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill scored a touchdown for a sixth straight game during Week 16.

Hill and the Saints blew out the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas Day.

Here is how all of the players with ties to the state of Utah fared during the 16th week of the season.

Former Utah Utes

Kylie Fitts – Linebacker – Arizona Cardinals (8-7)

The former Utah linebacker played eight snaps on defense and nine snaps on special teams during Arizona’s 20-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Rams (9-6) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Leki Fotu – Defensive Tackle – Arizona Cardinals (8-7)

The former Utes defensive lineman had one tackle and one quarterback hit during Arizona’s 20-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Rams (9-6) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Tyler Huntley – Quarterback– Baltimore Ravens (10-5)

The former Utah quarterback did not play in Baltimore’s 27-13 win over the New York Giants.

Next Game: @ Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Zack Moss – Running Back – Buffalo Bills (12-3)

The former Utah running back ran the ball 12 times for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Bills’ 38-9 win over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

Next Game: vs. Miami Dolphins (10-5) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Jaylon Johnson – Cornerback – Chicago Bears (8-7)

The former Utes cornerback was not active for Chicago’s 41-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Next Game: vs. Green Bay Packers (12-3) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Bradlee Anae – Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys (6-9)

The former Utah defensive end was inactive for Dallas’ 37-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next Game: @ New York Giants (5-10) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Francis Bernard – Linebacker – Dallas Cowboys (6-9)

The former Utes linebacker had one tackle in Dallas’ 37-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next Game: @ New York Giants (5-10) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Garett Bolles – Offensive Tackle – Denver Broncos (5-10)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Broncos suffered a 19-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (7-8) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Tim Patrick – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos (5-10)

The former Utes receiver had three catches for 39 yards in Denver’s 19-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (7-8) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

John Penisini – Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (5-10)

The former Utes defensive lineman had four total tackles and three solo tackles in Detroit’s 47-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Julian Blackmon – Safety – Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

The former Utah defensive back had two tackles in the Colts’ 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-14) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Devontae Booker – Running Back – Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)

The former Utah running back had six carries for 11 yards and two catches for eight yards in Las Vegas’ 26-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Denver Broncos (5-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Sam Tevi – Offensive Tackle – Los Angeles Chargers (6-9)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos, 19-16.

Next Game: @ Kansas City Chiefs (14-1) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Terrell Burgess – Safety – Los Angeles Rams (9-6)

The former Utes defensive back is out for the season after suffering a broken ankle on Monday Night Football during Week 7 of the season. The Rams fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 20-9.

Next Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals (8-7) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Matt Gay – Kicker – Los Angeles Rams (9-6)

The former Utes place kicker made three field goals in the Rams’ 20-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: vs. Arizona Cardinals (8-7) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Eric Rowe – Safety – Miami Dolphins (10-5)

The former Utes defensive back had eight total tackles and six solo tackles in Miami’s 26-25 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Buffalo Bills (12-3) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Marcus Williams – Safety – New Orleans Saints (11-4)

The former Utes defensive back was not active for New Orleans’ 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Carolina Panthers (5-10) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jackson Barton – Offensive Tackle – New York Giants (5-10)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 27-13.

Next Game: vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Javelin Guidry – Safety – New York Jets (2-13)

The former Utes defensive back was not active for New York’s 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Next Game: vs. New England Patriots (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Mitch Wishnowsky – Punter – San Francisco 49ers (6-9)

The former Utah punter had five punts for an average of 39.0 yards per kick in San Francisco’s 20-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: vs. Seattle Seahawks (11-4) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Cody Barton – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (11-4)

The former Utes linebacker had one tackle in Seattle’s 20-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: @ San Francisco 49ers (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Marquise Blair – Safety – Seattle Seahawks (11-4)

After week two, the former Utah safety was ruled out for the season with a knee injury by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll. Seattle beat the Los Angeles Rams, 20-9.

Next Game: @ San Francisco 49ers (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Alex Smith – Quarterback – Washington Football Team (6-9)

The former Utah quarterback was not active for Washington’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jared Norris – Linebacker – Washington Football Team (6-9)

The former Utes linebacker and the Washington Football Team suffered a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-10-1) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Former BYU Cougars

Sione Takitaki – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (10-5)

The former BYU linebacker had seven total tackles and three solo tackles in Cleveland’s 23-16 loss to the New York Jets.

Next Game: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Jamaal Williams – Running Back – Green Bay Packers (12-3)

The former BYU running back was inactive for Green Bay’s 40-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: @ Chicago Bears (8-7) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Daniel Sorensen – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (14-1)

The former BYU defensive back had seven tackles in Kansas City’s 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Michael Davis – Cornerback – Los Angeles Chargers (6-9)

The former BYU defensive back had nine total tackles, five solo tackles, and one pass breakup in Los Angeles’ 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: @ Kansas City Chiefs (14-1) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker – Miami Dolphins (10-5)

The former BYU linebacker had six total tackles and three solo tackles in Miami’s 26-25 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Buffalo Bills (12-3) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Taysom Hill – Quarterback – New Orleans Saints (11-4)

The former BYU quarterback posted 2/2 passing for eight yards, five carries for 18 yards and a touchdown, and one catch for 19 yards in New Orleans’ 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Carolina Panthers (5-10) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Harvey Langi – Linebacker – New York Jets (2-13)

The former BYU linebacker is currently on Injured Reserve and did not play in New York’s 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Next Game: vs. New England Patriots (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Ezekiel Ansah – Defensive End – San Francisco 49ers (6-9)

On October 5, the former BYU defensive end was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn bicep. The Niners beat the Arizona Cardinals, 20-17, on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: vs. Seattle Seahawks (11-4) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Fred Warner – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers (6-9)

The former BYU linebacker had 14 total tackles, eight solo tackles, three pass breakups, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in San Francisco’s 20-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: vs. Seattle Seahawks (11-4) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Former Utah State Aggies

Tyler Larsen – Center – Carolina Panthers (5-10)

The former USU offensive lineman and the Panthers defeated the Washington Football Team, 20-13.

Next Game: vs. New Orleans Saints (11-4) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Patrick Scales – Long Snapper – Chicago Bears (8-7)

The former Aggie long snapper and the Bears defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 41-17.

Next Game: vs. Green Bay Packers (12-3) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Jordan Love – Quarterback – Green Bay Packers (12-3)

The former Utah State quarterback was not active for Green Bay’s 40-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: @ Chicago Bears (8-7) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Darwin Thompson – Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs (14-1)

The former Aggie running back and the Chiefs defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 17-14.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

JoJo Natson – Wide Receiver – Cleveland Browns (10-5)

After week three, the former Utah State receiver was ruled out for the season with an injury. The Browns fell 23-16 to the New York Jets.

Next Game: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Dallin Leavitt – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)

The former Utah State defensive back had three total tackles, one solo tackle, and a pass breakup in Las Vegas’ 26-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Denver Broncos (5-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Nevin Lawson – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)

The former Utah State defensive back had three total tackles, one solo tackle, and a pass breakup in Las Vegas’ 26-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Denver Broncos (5-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Nick Vigil – Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers (6-9)

The former Utah State linebacker had four total tackles, one solo tackle, and one sack in Los Angeles’ 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: @ Kansas City Chiefs (14-1) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kyler Fackrell – Linebacker – New York Giants (5-10)

The former USU linebacker is currently on Injured Reserve and did not play in New York’s 27-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Bobby Wagner – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (11-4)

The former Utah State linebacker had six total tackles and five solo tackles in Seattle’s 20-9 over the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: @ San Francisco 49ers (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Former Weber State Wildcats

Taron Johnson – Cornerback – Buffalo Bills (12-3)

The former Weber State defensive back had 3 tackles in the Bills’ 38-9 win over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

Next Game: vs. Miami Dolphins (10-5) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

LeShaun Sims – Cornerback – Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1)

The former SUU defensive back had five total tackles and four solo tackles in Cincinnati’s 37-31 win over the Houston Texans.

Next Game: vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-5) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Miles Killebrew – Safety – Detroit Lions (5-10)

The former Thunderbirds star had one tackle on special teams in Detroit’s 47-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Former High School Players

Xavier Su’a-Filo (Timpview/UCLA) – Offensive Guard – Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1)

The former Timpview star and the Bengals defeated the Houston Texans, 37-31.

Next Game: vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-5) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Porter Gustin (Salem Hills/USC) – Defensive End – Cleveland Browns (10-5)

The former Salem Hills star had three total tackles and two solo tackles in Cleveland’s 23-16 loss to the New York Jets.

Next Game: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Dalton Schultz (Bingham/Stanford) – Tight End – Dallas Cowboys (6-9)

The former Bingham star had three catches for 21 yards in Dallas’ 37-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Next Game: @ New York Giants (5-10) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Noah Togiai (Hunter/Oregon State) – Tight End – Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

The former Hunter star and the Colts fell 28-24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-14) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Andre James (Herriman/UCLA) – Offensive Tackle – Las Vegas Raiders (7-8)

The former Herriman star and the Raiders fell 26-25 to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Denver Broncos (5-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Alohi Gilman (Orem/Notre Dame) – Safety – Los Angeles Chargers (6-9)

The former Orem star and the Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos, 19-16.

Next Game: @ Kansas City Chiefs (14-1) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kaden Elliss (Judge Memorial/Idaho) – Linebacker – New Orleans Saints (11-4)

The former Judge Memorial star was not active for New Orleans’ 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, December 26.

Next Game: @ Carolina Panthers (5-10) on Sunday, January 3 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on FOX

Bryan Mone (Highland/Michigan) – Defensive Tackle – Seattle Seahawks (11-4)

The former Highland star is currently on Seattle’s Reserve/Injured List. Seattle beat the Los Angeles Rams, 20-9.

Next Game: @ San Francisco 49ers (6-9) on Sunday, January 3 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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