Dick Harmon: What should be on BYU QB Tanner Mangum's to-do list this offseason?

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  • Atkins Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2017 9:21 a.m.

    "Pro set" and "pro style" are two different things. Detmer might sometimes use a "pro set", but his philosophy is "pro style". He uses a pro style offense, because that's what he knows, not because it's better at the college level: there's actually a reason why most college teams employ a spread option of one variety or another. QBs read a defense pre-snap not to identify "multiple defensive looks" but to identify the coverage the defense will be in post-snap, which then dictates the receiver progression he uses to find an open guy. Trick for Mangum will be spending enough time in the film room with Detmer not just identifying coverages, but understanding how a competent defensive coordinator will hide them. Once he gets good at that, the game "slows down".

  • Hank Jr Deer Ridge, UT
    Feb. 17, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    t's all about reading defenses.

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 2:33 p.m.

    Prepare a teary eyed defeat speech (ala Beck) for when you lose to the Utes.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    Feb. 16, 2017 1:59 p.m.

    I'm in agreement with @runnerguy50 - Also, after a few (too many) starts and stops for Tanner Mangum, "Taysom-Derangement" is finally over and we, as fans, can get down to a well deserved "Tanner-Mania"! I'm looking forward to the Cougs having a stellar year with Tanner at the helm. What should he be working on? Passing, passing and more anyone who can catch a ball!

  • Wise-sage pleasant grove, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 12:23 p.m.

    What should be on BYU QB Tanner Mangum's to-do list this offseason? That Ty opens up the offense and spreads it, so we don't throw 90% of his passes between 2 and 6 yards.

  • Jello is Good ,
    Feb. 16, 2017 11:27 a.m.

    @65TossPowerTrap - Salmon, ID
    Feb. 16, 2017 9:16 a.m.

    "Mangum doesn't have to do much to improve the quarterback position from 2016 to 2017. All he has to do is throw accurate passes and throw passes that are longer than 9 yards."

    ......and not take 30 yard sacs like in the bowl game or throw too many interceptions. We'll see how that goes. I hope he plays within the offense and doesn't try too much for the big play as that seems to be when the mistakes happen.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 10:13 a.m.

    Tanner Mangum is an amazing QB.

    He has "it".

    The QB at sc has the same "it".

    It=Making plays.

    Defending Tanner and the boys will be a nightmare for DC's.

    Good luck to Tanner,

    Hope he/they has/have an off-day against the UTES.

    Go UTES!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 9:19 a.m.

    BYU pre-season is always my favorite. So much fun and entertainment.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Feb. 16, 2017 9:16 a.m.

    Mangum doesn't have to do much to improve the quarterback position from 2016 to 2017. All he has to do is throw accurate passes and throw passes that are longer than 9 yards.

  • Jello is Good ,
    Feb. 16, 2017 8:55 a.m.

    @BlueHusky - Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 16, 2017 7:06 a.m.

    "I'm sure Tanner will benefit from the expert advice tendered above. LOL!"

    Actually these comment boards are for just that, comment and opinion, no matter how outlandish and inaccurate, on a news article. I'm pretty sure Mangum is getting all the advice and direction he can handle from within the organization by people with way more experience and making way more money than you and I.

    I believe the only commenter that has direct access to a team is Chris B.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 16, 2017 7:06 a.m.

    I'm sure Tanner will benefit from the expert advice tendered above. LOL!

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 6:06 a.m.

    O line struggled in 2016, though our center is great! We lost a senior OL in August 2016 to something, none of us know the reason. I'm not a Tom Brady fan, yet he makes it look easy like Joe Montana did, lobbing passes here and there, taking away the physical nature of the game, and spacing it out, match ups, space and time. Why not put QB back in the punter position on many downs, make the heavy Utah d-line, run 10-15 yards to the QB? Would this not space things out? Few QB's would have succeeded in 2016, we did the best we could. And it was still a great season.

  • Jello is Good ,
    Feb. 16, 2017 4:15 a.m.


    Let it go. Live in the now. Sitake and Detmer know what they are doing. I hate to admit it, but azure has made good points that were proven out. Hopefully with a better o line and receivers he will have time.

    Get ready for running the ball 50% of the time just like last year. Be patient and take what's given.

    Unlike two years ago, Hail Marys should not. E one of your most productive plays each game.

  • Road Runner Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 12:12 a.m.

    With a much improved o-line and more time to run through his receiver progressions, Tanner is going to have a great season.

  • BleedingBlue Provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2017 12:09 a.m.

    I am not sure he has what it takes. He is prone to Interceptions, that will end our drives, put a tired defense on the field, and cause us to lose at least 3 games to his mistakes, but his bombs may win one back. I don't see the coaching staff actually giving the other prospects a real shot at starting or a fair look to see if they are a better fit for the pro set offense. He may learn for next year but his year will be a long one. He just doesn't have that eye of the tiger, he has to want it a lot more, obtain that drive exhibited by the likes of Young. Another 8 and 5 year, and that's if we learn.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 11:20 p.m.

    I'm not much at dissecting the nuances of the game, but what I thought was apparent in both seasons was his propensity to throw short to receivers who were running routes away from the QB. His two "longest" passes in the bowl game were both caught but the receivers had to adjust back to the ball. With rare exception, that happened a lot the year before. (I do not subscribe to the notion he was throwing to the tall receivers and letting them out jump the defense on post or fly patterns.)

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 10:11 p.m.

    Develop some pocket presence.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 15, 2017 9:46 p.m.

    W/that O-line & WR corps, tm'll be fortunate to make it out of September in one piece, since he clearly can't run.

    There's a reason he rode the pine last year....Merely ask ks/td privately & they'd confirm this fact.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 9:12 p.m.

    80% of the time Tanner rolls right and locks into one receiver . Everyone knows this.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 8:41 p.m.

    How about relax, enjoy your college experience, date, find a balance in life and visit you family often.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    Feb. 15, 2017 7:21 p.m.

    The coaching staff did a poor job by sitting TM last year. You could have had a returning qb with eyes on the NFL.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    Feb. 15, 2017 6:11 p.m.

    Jonah could be the third fastest receiver this year. Maybe a good sign. Tanner needs to work on wind sprints as LSU and Wisconsin will be chasing him all over. Throwing to running backs will help also. Next eat kryptonite for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Exercise the right index finger to flash the number one sign!

  • burningblue Provo, UT
    Feb. 15, 2017 5:22 p.m.


    Agreed. Use the tight ends. And get the ball to Jonah Trinnaman.

  • Subpar17 Pasco, WA
    Feb. 15, 2017 5:06 p.m.

    Is he going to have very good recievers this next year? If they can not get separation or bring in the ball it will be a long year. How about an article on them?

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Feb. 15, 2017 4:39 p.m.

    Here's a suggestion for Mangum - make your tight ends' hands sore by throwing them a bazillion passes.