BYU Football Offensive Coordinator Ty Detmer spoke to media Tuesday and confirmed that Tanner Mangum will start at QB against Mississippi State Saturday.
Ty Detmer confirms that Tanner Mangum will get the start against Miss State, Joe Critchlow will be primary backup. Hoge has been ruled out.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 10, 2017
Mangum was the sure starter for the first three games, until he injured his ankle late in the Utah game. Then the Cougars saw Beau Hoge take the lead, starting against Wisconsin as well as Utah State... Until he got injured before halftime (concussions are the general consensus, but that is unconfirmed by BYU). Then BYU put Koy Detmer, Jr. in the game, who threw three interceptions against the Aggies. There was also a bit of Austin Kafentzis wildcat going on in the Utah State game (and even for a few plays against Boise State). Mangum returned from his injury (not at 100 percent, we might add) against Boise State last week. He played the majority of the game until we saw the first of Joe Critchlow in garbage time. Yeah. This paragraph is really long and has a lot of names in it. That’s kinda how it’s been going for the 1-5 Cougars this year.
By way of information, Detmer did confirm that Hoge has been “ruled out.” Again, we’re assuming that’s due to our concussion suspicions, but haven’t heard for sure. When the depth chart came out Monday, Hoge was listed as third string after Mangum and Critchlow.
Detmer was also asked if Critchlow would see “meaningful snaps” in the Mississippi State game, to which he replied, “It depends on how the game goes.”
Ty Detmer said it "depends on how the game goes" when I asked him if Joe Critchlow will get meaningful reps against Miss State.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) October 10, 2017
The Cougars take on Mississippi State in Starkville on Saturday at 10 a.m. MDT. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 3-2, with an impressive win over LSU (who BYU lost to). Here’s to hoping Mangum has healed up even more than he had against Boise. Look to Vanquish the Foe for continued updates on the ever-changing QB situation, and more.