Welcome to the another edition of LET US DELIGHT IN, a weekly feature in which we, well, delight in the performance of a particular football player from the previous weekend. This week, we are delighting in the performance of BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum.
One week ago, BYU pulled off an improbable win at Nebraska on the arm of backup quarterback Tanner Mangum. It looked like this.
This past Saturday, all Mangum did was do that again, this time knocking off Boise State 35-24 after being down 24-14 entering the fourth quarter.
When Taysom Hill went down with a season ending injury for the second straight year, I don't think anyone would've totally blamed BYU if they just deflated. Hill is such a great player, and to have that kind of quarterback pulled away even makes neutrals feel like garbage, so I can only imagine how BYU fans and other players felt in that moment.
All Mangum's done since coming into the game in Lincoln is complete over 61% of his passes for 10.8 yards per attempt. Those 10.8 yards per attempt are good for 10th in the country, and his 167.12 quarterback rating is 24th. His raw numbers don't really jump off the page because he didn't play two full games and because BYU's offense isn't super pass heavy, but this kid has BYU at 2-0 after two of the more difficult games on their schedule. Now all they have to do is go beat UCLA in Los Angeles before getting a break with some also-rans like UConn, Wagner, Michigan, etc.
It's not like Mangum came out of nowhere. He was a highly rated recruit and was the co-MVP of the 2011 Elite 11 camp with Jameis Winston, but he went away on mission for two years before coming back this summer. Apparently that didn't cause much in the way of rust.
He did have two picks against Boise, but omelettes, eggs, you know. I'm not going to let a little coloring outside the lines get in the way of the real point (and three total touchdowns against the Broncos) here, which is this: Tanner Mangum, you are a delight.