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BYU redshirt sophomore QB Beau Hoge completed 11-of-20 passes for 111 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 40-6 disgracing at the hands of Wisconsin.

Hoge drew the start in place of Tanner Mangum, who could miss a month or more with an ankle injury. It was a disaster. Same could be said for BYU's offense as a whole, with the Cougars managing just 192 total yards in the embarrassing defeat. They'll have a much-needed bye next weekend, with a contest against Utah State showing on the schedule for the following Friday.
Sep 16 - 7:06 PM

BYU redshirt sophomore QB Beau Hoge will start Saturday's game against Wisconsin.

Hoge is going to get the first crack at the starting gig while Tanner Mangum rehabs his ankle injury. Mangum is expected to miss at least one month. BYU OC Ty Detmer said that "nothing changes with our offense" while Mangum is out. The Salt Lake Tribune expects the team to utilize Hoge’s legs "much in the mold of former QB Taysom Hill." The Cougars have had no success moving the ball through the air this year. A ground-heavy approach would make sense.
Sep 16 - 12:26 PM

BYU junior QB Tanner Mangum (ankle) will miss at least a month of game action.

Mangum rolled his ankle late in last week's loss to Utah. He's been seen this week in a walking boot with a scooter. We've been given no other details about his injury.
Sep 16 - 11:40 AM

The Salt Lake Tribune's Jay Drew writes that it is "pretty obvious" that BYU junior QB Tanner Mangum (ankle) will not play against Wisconsin on Saturday.

Mangum rolled his ankle near the end of this past weekend's loss to Utah. He has required the use of a walking boot and a scooter during the practice week. Drew insinuated that this could possibly be a long-term injury, though the team has not confirmed this notion. Beau Hoge will start against the Badgers if Mangum is, indeed, unable to give it a go. Health aside, Mangum has struggled mightily in three games this season, throwing for 466 yards (54.4% completions) with a 2/4 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 13 - 9:34 PM

BYU junior QB Tanner Mangum completed 21-of-39 passes for 170 yards with a touchdown and three picks in a 19-13 loss to Utah on Saturday.

That's back-to-back-to-back games in which Mangum has struggled to get the ball down the field and move the offense. His line is actually misleading, as the touchdown and yardage mostly came with Utah holding a comfortable 19 point lead. At some point, you have to wonder if the Cougars will think about making a quarterback change.
Sep 10 - 2:04 AM

BYU junior QB Tanner Mangum completed 12-of-24 yards for 102 yards and an interception in a 27-0 loss to LSU.

Mangum (6'3/220) wasn't great against Portland State last week, but he was Aaron Rodgers in that start compared to this one. He couldn't push the ball down the field at all, and if he did make completions, they were dinks-and-dunks that still left the Cougars in long-yardage situations. Mangum has shown flashes of brilliance in his time at BYU, but they aren't evident right now.
Sep 3 - 12:53 AM

BYU sophomore WR Talon Shumway caught three passes for 58 yards in the Cougars' 20-6 victory over Portland State.

Shumway (6'3/200) was just announced as a starter Saturday, but he had one of the longest plays of the game in a 33-yard reception, and quarterback Tanner Mangum appeared to have no issue targeting the sophomore. Tight end Matt Bushman appears to be Mangum's top option, but if teams leave Shumway in single coverage, he has the speed and size to take advantage.
Aug 26 - 6:33 PM

BYU freshman TE Matt Bushman caught three passes for 58 yards in a 20-6 win over Portland State on Saturday.

A true freshman, Bushman looked like the best player on the field at times. The chemistry between he and Cougar quarterback Tanner Mangum was obvious early on, and the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder made one of the biggest plays on the day with a 33-yard catch. If BYU is going to be successful on offense going forward against much stiffer competition, they're going to need Bushman to continue to make strides.
Aug 26 - 6:33 PM

BYU junior Squally Canada ran for 98 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 20-6 win over Portland State.

Canada also hauled in one pass for a four-yard gain. There was talk of BYU using a committee at running back this summer, but Canada was clearly the go-to player on the afternoon. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back showed impressive burst on a 34-yard gain, but was mostly kept in check by the Portland State defense outside of that big play. We'll see if he's still the bell-cow when the Cougars take on LSU next Saturday.
Aug 26 - 6:33 PM

BYU junior QB Tanner Mangum completed 16-of-27 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-6 victory over Portland State.

Give Portland State credit for keeping everything in front of them, but Mangum (6'3/220) struggled to get the ball downfield, as you can see from the 7.15 yards-per-attempt he accumulated on Saturday. The talent is obvious -- anyone who watched BYU play in 2015 knows that -- but he didn't look comfortable with his weapons on this afternoon. That'll have to change quickly with a date against LSU next week.
Aug 26 - 6:32 PM

BYU sophomore WR Talon Shumway will start for the Cougars this season.

Shumway (6'3/200) was limited by injury last season and managed to appear in just two games. He has put in a healthy preseason camp and will bring a legitimate athletic edge -- Shumway has hit 38 inches on the vertical jump -- to a BYU receiving corps which is looking to incorporate a number of new pieces. He will have his first chance to impress this year when BYU takes on Portland State on Saturday.
Aug 25 - 5:04 PM

Brigham Young University athletic director Tom Holmoe said junior LB Francis Bernard hasn't made a decision about his future.

Holmoe was basically responding to Bernard's brother, who said last week that Francis wanted to transfer to Utah. "He is still in the process of making that decision," Holmoe said. The school announced last week that Bernard would not play this season. Instead, he'd take a redshirt year "for personal reasons." Bernard posted 79 tackles (5.5 for loss) and three interceptions across 12 games last year.
Aug 24 - 1:26 PM

The brother of BYU sophomore LB Francis Bernard said that the linebacker wants to transfer to Utah.

News surfaced late in the week that Bernard would be taking a redshirt with the Cougars for personal reasons during the coming season. It sounds like he might not be long for the program at all. Said Bernard's brother, James, "He just doesn’t want to stay there any more." Some of this seems to stem from Bernard's bowl suspension due to a violation of team rules in the winter. This past season, Bernard posted 79 tackles (5.5 for loss) and three interceptions across 12 games. Should he transfer, he would be forced to sit out the coming campaign to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Aug 19 - 12:51 PM

BYU has moved senior S Matt Hadley to linebacker.

"He is struggling to keep the weight off, so it just makes sense to let him eat freely, get big and play linebacker," said HC Kalani Sitake. Hadley appeared in all 13 of BYU's games last season while recording 24 tackles. He'll provide linebacking depth for a Cougars team that needs it now that sophomore LB Francis Bernard will be taking a redshirt due to personal reasons for the coming season.
Aug 17 - 3:05 PM

BYU sophomore LB Francis Bernard (personal) is expected to redshirt during the coming season.

Bernard (6'0/235) is taking the redshirt due to a personal matter, but there is no further detail as to what that matter might be. His loss figures to be a difficult one to paper over -- Bernard registered 79 tackles (5.5 for loss) and three interceptions in 12 games last season. Matt Hadley has been moved from safety to linebacker to help shore up the position group.
Aug 17 - 2:53 PM


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