Hansen, Mangum, Tarver Headline Beehive State Stars In Postseason Games

Jan 7, 2019, 4:15 PM
Left: Chase Hansen, Utah linebacker (Steve Griffin, Deseret News) Center: Tanner Mangum, BYU QB (Je...
Left: Chase Hansen, Utah linebacker (Steve Griffin, Deseret News) Center: Tanner Mangum, BYU QB (Jeff Allred, Deseret News) Right: Ron'quavion Tarver, USU WR (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – For many of the senior college football players in the Beehive State, their careers are over. For several of them, they’ll be suiting up one last time in a postseason all-star game.

Here’s a look at who will be playing where in a senior class all-star game.

Tropical Bowl, January 14

Tanner Mangum, QB, BYU

Mangum had an up-and-down senior season at BYU. He quarterbacked the Cougars to a big win over then No. 6 ranked Wisconsin on the road, but was later benched in favor of freshman Zach Wilson. Still, he maintained a good attitude that earned him a lot of favor with BYU fans.

East-West Shrine Game, January 19

Jackson Barton, OL, Utah

Barton had a stellar season on Utah’s offensive line. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Cody Barton, LB, Utah

Jackson’s brother, Cody, also had a strong season for the Utes. An honorable mention on the All-Pac-12 team, he and Chase Hansen formed a dominant 1-2 punch at linebacker for the Utes. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham called Barton and Hansen the best duo at linebacker that has ever come through the Utah football program.

Matt Gay, K, Utah

Gay had a fantastic season at kicker for Utah. He was named to the first-team All-Pac-12 team for the second straight year. In 2017, he was honored as the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s best kicker.

Ron’quavion Tarver, WR, Utah State

Tarver earned honorable mention All-Mountain West honors in 2018. He was one of quarterback Jordan Love’s top targets with eight touchdown catches and 66 receptions for a Utah State squad that went 11-2.

Reese’s Senior Bowl, January 26

Marquise Blair, S, Utah

Blair was the heavy-hitting enforcing safety on Utah’s tough defense in 2019. He was honored as a second-team All-Pac-12 selection after a season that included 59 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Chase Hansen, LB, Utah

Hansen was honored as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection after leading the Utes in tackles with 114, including 22 for a loss. He also had two interceptions, one for a touchdown in a monster senior season in a career that included playing at quarterback, safety and linebacker for the Utes.

Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah

Wishnowsky was named to his third-straight All-Pac-12 first team in 2018. He won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter in 2016 as the Utes became the first team in the history of both awards to feature a Ray Guy Award winner and a Lou Groza Award winner in kicker Matt Gay on the same team.

Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State

Raymond earned honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference honors despite missing four games in 2018. He hauled in 25 passes for 335 and two touchdowns in 2018.

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