The circus surrounding BYU freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum reached another level Tuesday, as he was featured in the "Campus Hero" segment of ESPN's "SportsCenter."
In a video package with reporter Jeannine Edwards that lasted 2:07, Mangum is seen talking to and taking selfies with fans, meeting with a throng of reporters, hanging out with teammates and watching the play against Nebraska that brought him instant fame.
“It’s been pretty crazy these past couple days,” Mangum told Edwards. “Definitely been a whirlwind, but I just keep reminding myself just to stay calm. You know what you have to do.”
Ex-Ute Kruger ready to be more of a leader for Cleveland
After setting a career high last season with 11 sacks, former University of Utah star and current Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger is ready to take on more of a leadership role with his NFL club.
That’s according to a story by Matthew Florjancic of TV station WKYC in Cleveland, who says Kruger could have an even bigger year for the Browns.
But it’s Kruger’s leadership ability that head coach Mike Pettine sees as the area the linebacker has grown the most.
“I see Paul taking on more of a leadership role,” Pettine said. “The good thing about it is that it is not forced. I just think that he feels very comfortable in the system coming off a very successful year a year ago. He sees a place, a void where he can step up and in his own way be a leader, and he has done it.”
Jazz logo gets ‘Lowe’ marks
Perhaps as a sign that the NBA is at a dead time before training camp starts in a few weeks, Grantland league insider Zach Lowe offered his thoughts Tuesday on all the logos of the 30 teams, and the Utah Jazz didn’t exactly get rave reviews.
Lowe ranked the Jazz’s primary logo, which features green mountains above a green basketball surrounded by a blue ring, just the 22nd best in the NBA.
“This is classic overthinking,” Lowe wrote. “The original Jazz logo, with the 'J” 'rendered as a musical note and a tricolored basketball as the note head, is one of the greatest pieces of art in sports history. Just use that and demote the mountain nonsense to the background.”
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.