BYU freshman QB Hill out for season


Brigham Young freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season after an injury he suffered on his final carry in a 6-3 win over Utah State on Friday.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall announced the injury Monday as the Cougars prepared to play No. 10 Oregon State, which will be without starting quarterback Sean Mannion because of a knee injury.

BYU trainer Jeff Hurst said Hill took a helmet hit directly on the left knee and also injured his hamstring. He will have surgery within the week, and recovery will take four to six months.

Senior Riley Nelson said he is ready, pain-free and will start against the Beavers after missing two games with what he called "back fractures."

"My heart goes out to (Hill)," Nelson said. "Season-ending injuries are tough. I've experienced those before. They're hard to get over but first and foremost it's a big blow to our team. He's a playmaker and one of our best offensive weapons. It leaves a hole in our offense."

Hill passed for 425 yards and rushed for 336, with eight touchdowns.

His injury occurred on a 4-yard run while coaches were trying to get him to take a knee with about a minute to play and Utah State down to one timeout.

Mendenhall said Hill received a sign from the sideline that indicated the clock was going and to run the play, but looked away as the "victory" signal came in momentarily thereafter.

That meant Hill should have taken a knee on his season-ending play, as he did the next two plays.

"There was miscommunication, and I'm responsible when anything happens when one of my guys gets hurt," Mendenhall said Monday.

As for the Cougars' opponent, Oregon State said Mannion is out indefinitely after injuring his left knee during a victory over Washington State on Saturday. Backup Cody Vaz will start for the undefeated Beavers.

Coach Mike Riley said an MRI indicated Mannion, a 6-foot-5-inch, 212-pound sophomore, will require surgery.

■ PENN STATE - Jerry Sandusky and at least some of his victims plan to address the judge at his sentencing today, a proceeding that might last less than two hours, lawyers said after a closed-door meeting to iron out logistics ahead of the hearing in Bellefonte, Pa.

Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said he's certain the former Penn State assistant coach will speak to Judge John Cleland and assert his innocence before he is sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

"What I anticipate he'll say is he's innocent," Amendola said.

Tom Kline, lawyer for a young man who said Sandusky groped him in a shower when he was 12 or 13, said his client plans to read a statement.

"He's going to tell the judge how this has affected him, how it's been painful and difficult," Kline said.

Lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan said as many as a half-dozen victims are expected to be heard.

■ GEORGIA TECH - The Yellow Jackets fired defensive coordinator Al Groh, hoping a change will save what has been a disappointing season.

Coach Paul Johnson announced the move two days after the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost 47-31 to No. 16 Clemson, their third straight defeat - all while surrendering more than 40 points. That stretch included an embarrassing 49-28 home loss to Middle Tennessee.

Johnson has never fired an assistant during the season, but felt he had to do something to show he was committed to turning things around. The Yellow Jackets are off this week, giving them extra time to adjust to the change.

■ TEMPLE - Defensive tackle Kamal Johnson will not practice or play with the Owls after he was arraigned in Philadelphia on charges stemming from an alleged assault Sept. 27 on his girlfriend, also a student at the university.

Temple said it will revisit Johnson's status when "charges are resolved or if circumstances otherwise change."

Police spokeswoman Tanya Little said the 20-year-old junior was arraigned Saturday on charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment, simple assault and endangering the welfare of another person. Bail was set at $25,000.

■ IOWA - Cornerback Micah Hyde is listed as a starter for Saturday's game at Michigan State despite being arrested over the weekend. Hyde, 21, was booked early Saturday at an Iowa City bar on suspicion of public intoxication and interference with official acts.

Tight end Ray Hamilton and offensive lineman Drew Clark were also arrested in separate alcohol-related incidents, which came during the team's bye week.

■ KENTUCKY - Freshman quarterback Patrick Towles will miss Saturday's Southeastern Conference game at Arkansas after sustaining a high right ankle sprain in a loss to Mississippi State.

Wildcats coach Joker Phillips described Towles as "week to week," adding that senior Morgan Newton will back up freshman Jalen Whitlow against the Razorbacks (2-4, 1-2 SEC).

It's the second QB injury in as many games for Kentucky (1-5, 0-3). Maxwell Smith is out indefinitely after tearing an ankle ligament.

 

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