Taysom Hill excused from BYU spring game after brother's sudden death

Taysom Hill excused from BYU spring game after brother's sudden death

(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

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PROVO — BYU originally planned to use Taysom Hill during the 7-on-7 portion of the spring game, but the fifth-year senior quarterback was excused to deal with a family emergency before the game.

Hill’s brother Dexter died suddenly at his home in Pocatello, Idaho, on Friday at the age of 31.

The elder Hill was also a former quarterback standout at Pocatello’s Highland High and went on star at Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College, earning Western States Football League player of the year honors in 2004.

Dexter Hill threw for 2,300 yards and 19 touchdowns with just nine interceptions in 2004, when he led the Artichokes to a 9-2 record, a stunning upset of Snow College for the WSFL title, and a berth in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

Hill also played briefly at Dixie State and Northern Iowa.

Taysom Hill’s teammates expressed their condolences and solidarity with their senior leader.

“Taysom’s going through something right now, and he knows that we’re all here for him,” BYU running back Jamaal Williams said. “We all love him, and anything he needs, we’re here for him. We’re his brothers, and if him and his family are having a hard time, we’re right behind him to support.

“We know Taysom wanted to be here with us. But he has to do what he has to do for his family, and we support him 100 percent.”


New BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer added his solidarity with Hill during an emotional time.

“We definitely miss his presence,” Detmer said. “We’re here to support him, and if he needs to take some time, we’ll give him what he needs.”

Those who wish to offer condolences to the family are encouraged to do so online through the managing funeral home, Pocatello's Colonial Funeral Home.

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