BYU COUGARS

Mangum Ends Career At BYU With Positive Attitude

Dec 25, 2018, 8:43 PM

BOISE, Idaho – For Boise-raised BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum, it was a story come full-circle.

His Cougars concluded his senior season in the city Mangum grew up in with a rousing 49-18 victory over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last Friday.

The thing was, it wasn’t Mangum who did most of the damage in the victory. It was true freshman Zach Wilson, who had taken over Mangum’s starting job halfway through the season who starred in the game.

Mangum completed just one pass, a 41-yard bomb to Dylan Collie to set up a short 1-yard rush by Brayden El-Bakri for the Cougars’ final score of the afternoon.

It was perhaps a fitting end to Mangum’s career, one filled with ups and down during his tenure at BYU.

A Legendary Beginning

Mangum surged onto the scene in 2015, when he came on in relief of injured star Taysom Hill and completed a 42-yard hail mary as time expired to defeat Nebraska in Lincoln in the season opener.

“It was an interesting welcome to the college football world,” said Mangum to KSL’s Rod Zundel after Friday’s bowl game. “Having only been home for just a few months and kind of starting off my career like that was exhilarating and just a lot of fun to fulfill that lifelong dream that I had to play for BYU, to put on that Cougar blue and do that was special.”

A Roller Coaster Career

Fast forward to 2018, Mangum stood on the blue turf at Albertson’s Field talking to Zundel, grizzled from experiencing some of the highest highs and lowest lows that a BYU quarterback had ever gone through.

Following his amazing start to his career, Mangum was forced to spend a year waiting in the wings behind Hill.

After that, as a starter, he had mixed results, ultimately leading to his being replaced halfway through the season by Wilson.

Through it all, Mangum maintained a positive attitude, something that keep him near and dear to the hearts of the Cougar faithful, even after his benching.

“I credit a lot of it to my family,” said Mangum. “To my parents, and siblings and how I was raised. And then also to coaches along the way who kind of helped mold my character and taught me the importance of keeping a positive attitude and being a good person regardless of what situation you’re in. Despite the adversity and setbacks, I didn’t want any of that to make me heart-calloused or to harden me or change who I was.”

No Regrets

Now that his career is over, Mangum has no regrets and is grateful the opportunity that he dreamt of as a high-schooler from Eagle High School in Boise.

“All I know is that I gave it my all,” said Mangum. “Throughout my time here at BYU, I gave it my whole heart and soul. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s OK, that’s life. But I can say that I gave it my all and I’m happy with that.”

 

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

Atunaisa Mahe - BYU Football...
KSL Sports

60 in 60: #46 BYU’s Atunaisa Mahe (Defensive Lineman)

Throughout the summer Hans & Scotty are counting down the top 60 college football players in the state of Utah.
23 hours ago
Brett Yormark, Big 12, Big 12 Conference Commissioner...
Mitch Harper

Brett Yormark Officially Hired As Next Big 12 Commissioner

Yormark is the fifth commissioner in the history of the Big 12 Conference that dates back to 1996.
23 hours ago
BYU Basketball Roster, Mark Pope, 2022-23...
Mitch Harper

BYU’s 2022-23 Basketball Roster Looks To Bring Back ‘BLRA’

Taking an in-depth look at the 2022-23 BYU Basketball roster, the fourth under head coach Mark Pope.
2 days ago
BYU Football Helmet...
Mitch Harper

BYU Lands Commitment From Camp Standout Pierson Watson

BYU picks up its sixth commitment in the class of 2023.
2 days ago
BYU Football - Cosmo - Flag...
Mitch Harper

BYU Football Among Top Schools For Florida WR Daidren Zipperer

Lakeland, Florida recruit has BYU among his top schools.
2 days ago
Siaki-Ika-Baylor-Bears-Jaren-Hall-BYU-Cougars...
Kyle Ireland

Three Locals Projected As First Round Picks In ESPN NFL Mock Draft

Multiple college football players with ties to the state of Utah received first round grades in ESPN's latest NFL mock draft.
2 days ago
Mangum Ends Career At BYU With Positive Attitude