Kragthorpe: In a four-QB battle, BYU’s Tanner Mangum hopes to maximize ‘my last chance’

Kragthorpe: In a four-QB battle, BYU’s Tanner Mangum hopes to maximize ‘my last chance’

Nothing about Tanner Mangum’s trajectory as a BYU quarterback has adopted an everyday occupation arc. From the spectacular start of freshman season to a four-way battle for the start job as a senior, he figures his school soccer experience qualifies as “just a bit bit unpredictable.”

Yeah, you may say that.

Mangum’s location varies solely barely every June, all through the BYU Soccer Media Day inside the school’s fashionable Broadcast Establishing. He sat in a nook of the room in 2016, as a returning starter who would lose his job to senior Taysom Hill. Then obtained right here a middle desk challenge in 2017, as a presumed starter whose would wrestle all season. And one different prime spot Friday, because the one QB designated for breakout interviews.

His story retains altering, that’s for optimistic. “It’s been a wild journey,” he talked about.

So now comes the season he labels “my remaining likelihood.” That’s his different to get the ending correct, after a weird occupation that began splendidly with profitable touchdown passes in direction of Nebraska and Boise State in his first two appearances.

No individual would have pictured him being merely 11-10 as a starting quarterback at this degree, after he went Eight-4 as a freshman and seemingly was entrenched as a 50-plus-game starter — assuming he didn’t depart early for the NFL, as remaining summer season’s Media Day line of questioning really helpful. Proper right here he is, barely larger than seven months far from an Achilles hurt that ended his part of BYU’s disastrous 4-9 season, having recovered lots earlier than anticipated nonetheless coping with full uncertainty about how his BYU occupation will conclude.

In August, he’ll be immersed in a QB derby that’s in distinction to any opponents in BYU historic previous, or maybe all of school soccer.

four QBs, with three having started various video video games remaining season, are genuinely inside the mix: freshman Zach Wilson, sophomore Joe Critchlow, junior Beau Hoge and Mangum. “We’re all aware that it is perhaps anyone’s job,” Mangum talked about.

And which implies delivering from the start of preseason apply, with quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick hoping to seek out out the best two candidates after seven to 10 days. Judging by spring drills, with Mangum not completely collaborating, it might be beautiful if Wilson is simply not a form of two. Mangum’s experience and experience are mixed by the scars of ultimate season, when BYU went 2-6 inside the video video games he started and the offense produced historically low numbers, resulting in a major shakeup of the educating employees.

Jeff Grimes stood on the opposing sideline in September when Mangum’s offense couldn’t cross the 50-yard line in direction of LSU. As a result of the Tigers’ offensive line coach, he was conscious solely of BYU’s safety that night time time in New Orleans. So in December, when he appeared into turning into BYU’s offensive coordinator, he sought opinions from inside and outdoor of the Cougar program regarding the top quality of quarterbacking.

Properly, he took the job (and unexpectedly recruited Wilson), so that tells you one factor. Six months later, he talked about, “I’ve absolute confidence now that we’ll have a person, if not two or three, that we’re in a position to win with.”

Is Mangum that man? He hopes so, having lived by a sophomore yr of backing up Hill and a junior season of directing an unproductive offense and having two essential accidents, along with one which ended his season Nov. 4 in a loss at Fresno State.

Mangum later requested himself two questions: “What am I going to do subsequent?” And “Are you going to keep up the similar diploma of enthusiasm that you just did sooner than?”

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