Provo • Offensive gamers and coaches took their flip chatting with newshounds after BYU’s soccer apply on Wednesday, however neither quarterback Tanner Mangum nor his number one backup, Beau Hoge, had been made to be had for interviews.
No wonder there.
It is simply extra proof that Mangum, who suffered an ankle damage overdue within the 19-13 loss to Utah remaining Saturday, is not going to play towards No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday (1:30 p.m. MDT, ABC) at LaVell Edwards Stadium. And officers obviously didn’t need to put Hoge in a scenario the place he must resolution questions on Mangum’s well being, or his personal readiness to take over the offense.
Instead, offensive coordinator Ty Detmer did the speaking, with out announcing a lot.
After in the beginning joking that 275-pound tight finish and offensive lineman JJ Nwigwe will be the starter, Detmer deferred on the massive query referring to Mangum. The Salt Lake Tribune has reported that the junior might be out Four-6 weeks.
“I can’t say anything right now,” Detmer stated. “We don’t talk about injuries and reps and all those things. We will kinda see what happens come Saturday.”
Asked whether or not Mangum practiced, Detmer stated: “I am not going to talk about who is practicing, and who is not.”
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Hoge, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound redshirt sophomore, is the son of former NFL operating again and present ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge and is regarded as to be extra athletic and a greater runner than Mangum, however now not just about the passing danger.
He performed in 3 video games in 2015, finishing eight of 11 passes for 117 yards and a TD, and redshirted remaining 12 months as a result of he used to be in the back of Mangum and then-senior Taysom Hill on the intensity chart.
Detmer stated that the offense received’t alternate a lot if Mangum isn’t in there.
“It is something that all the guys on our team have been practicing for a whole month of training camp,” Detmer stated. “So you don’t just go and change everything and try to invent a new offense in a week.”
Detmer said that BYU’s struggles on offense had been because of a mix of very good protection performed towards the Cougars through LSU and Utah and the Cougars now not being sharp within the passing recreation and now not having the ability to run the ball to stay defenses truthful.
“Obviously, we are not scoring enough points, so we are not doing a lot well right now,” he stated.
Will a unique beginning quarterback, if there may be one, run the ball extra like Hill did remaining 12 months?
“I doubt it,” Detmer stated. “I mean, I don’t think anything changes with our offense. We will line up and play and we will go with whoever shows up on Saturday.”
Changes at operating again
While juniors Squally Canada and Kavika Fonua have got the majority of the carries via 3 video games, Detmer showed that some rather new faces might be within the backfield towards the Badgers.
Freshman “Ula [Tolutau’u] obviously came in and provided a spark right there, and we got a glimpse of what we thought we had,” Detmer stated. “And now he is feeling 100 percent and we can mix him in there more.”
Detmer stated junior Trey Dye, who stuck a 7-yard landing move towards Utah, has additionally moved up the intensity chart.
“Trey has been great,” Detmer stated. “He does a great job in the pass game, pass protection, and then is able to carry the ball for us. He is becoming the complete package for us back there, which helps, if you are in a more throwing-type of personnel, like last week.”
Tolutau’u, who signed with Wisconsin sooner than a church undertaking, stated enjoying the Badgers “feels like any other team” and that it’s “just another game” to him. But he additionally stated it used to be “special” as a result of he virtually went there and nonetheless is aware of some gamers on the UW crew. … Wisconsin is touring west of Texas for a real highway recreation for the primary time since a 2013 commute to Arizona State, a 32-30 loss for UW.