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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Poll Results: Which Elite 11 MVP will have a better BYU career?

The overwhelming majority (84%) voted that Jake Heaps will have a better BYU career than fellow Elite 11 MVP Tanner Mangum.

There are many ways to measure career success, but the majority is probably right.

Heaps will have four years to start, if he chooses. Mangum will have three, at the most, but probably just two. That right there gives a huge edge to Heaps. The team success in 2011 and 2012 could be very, very high. Assuming an 11-2 season or better, that would be very hard for Mangum to beat. Even if Mangum guides BYU to two 12-1 seasons, or better, it would be hard to say he had a better career without bigger stats. The other factor that favors Heaps is that we know he will have outstanding personnel on offense. Will Mangum have two big receivers like Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo? Right now, all we know about Mangum's receiving corps is that it will probably include Dylan Collie.

In the end, this question is very trivial and it doesn't really matter. All I know is that it is awesome that this question can even be asked. Having two Elite 11 MVP quarterbacks commit to BYU in such a short timeframe is historic and helps to build the excitement around the BYU football program.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Don't forget to vote in this week's poll: "Which 2011 game will be the hardest?"

The Editor appreciates all feedback. He can be reached via email at bluecougarfootball@gmail.com

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