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Tanner Mangum Invited To XFL Draft Pool

Quarterback Tanner Mangum #12 of the Brigham Young Cougars looks to pass in the first half against the Boise State Broncos at LaVell Edwards Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former BYU Quarterback Tanner Mangum is hoping to continue playing football via the XFL, according to his social media.

The XFL is a new football league scheduled to debut in 2020. The league is owned by Vince McMahon from Alpha Entertainment and will consist of eight teams across the United States.

Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle will represent the West while New York, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. will represent the East.

Salt Lake City will not be a destination for XFL fans in 2020.

Players who are interested in participating in the XFL must be invited to at least one combine. The combine will involve a number of physical tests for scouts to monitor and track, helping teams to draft the players that impressed them most. Every city that has a team will also hold a combine.

Tanner Mangum posted this photo reassuring Cougar fans they may be able to see him strap the pads on, again. Although the tweet doesn’t confirm he will be attending, just that he has been invited.

History & Rule Changes

The XFL originally ran for a single season in 2001. During that season, they attempted to be a competitor to the National Football League, however that did not go to plan and the league folded after its inaugural season.

For 2020, there is going to be change. Rule changes to be exact. According to reports, there will be no points after touchdown, instead, teams will be forced to go for two every time while overtime will be decided by a multiple round shootout of one point conversions where each team starts on the five-yard line.

Another Cougar On The Block

Mangum is not the only Cougar that may represent his school in the XFL. According to XFL’s website, former BYU offensive lineman Tuni Kanuch will also be trying out to play in the inaugural XFL season.

Kanuch was a member of the BYU football team from 2013-17 and during that time played in 37 games while starting in 16.

Phil Steele named Kanuch to his All-Independent Second Team in 2014 and 2015.