BYU QB Tanner Mangum out for the season with achilles tendon injury

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In a season full of several disappointments for BYU Cougars starting quarterback Tanner Mangum, his greatest disappointment happened in the fourth quarter against the Fresno State Bulldogs.

With about 10 minutes to play in the game, Mangum threw an incomplete pass, while getting good protection from his offensive line. However, his right foot got stuck in the turf. He fell to the ground, and came up hobbling. For the second time of the night, Mangum left the game. This time he wouldn't return.

In a post-game interview with the Voice of the Cougars, Greg Wrubell, BYU Head Coach Kalani Sitake broke the news that Mangum was out for the season with an achilles injury.

"I just got that confirmed," Sitake said.

Mangum finished the game completing 20 of 33 passes for 163 yards. In eight games this season, he has completed 147 of 257 passes (57%) for 1540 yards, and 8 touchdowns with 9 interceptions. His pass efficiency rating is 110.8.

Mangum missed two games earlier this season with an ankle injury. He left this game in the first half with 1:19 to play after aggravating that ankle.

Mangum is a junior, and has a redshirt season available. If this injury requires he sit out next season to continue to recover, Mangum can come back in 2019 as a senior.

Sophomore Beau Hoge finished the game in place of Mangum. He was dinged up as well, but is expected to fill in as the starter next week at UNLV.

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  1. I hated seeing Tanner lose his Achilles for the season. After watching that repair surgery on YouTube, I can see why it takes people a year or more to come back from it, if ever. I think Tanner has amazing potential and, if his tendon is all better, hope he'll be able to continue next year as the QB. If not next season, then the next. Love you, man!


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