PROVO — There is no injury news coming out of BYU's camp regarding quarterback Tanner Mangum as the team prepares for No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday, leaving the question open, will Beau Hoge play?
Hoge is a redshirt sophomore and the backup to Mangum, who suffered a left ankle or left foot injury on the Cougars' final offensive play in a 19-13 loss to Utah last Saturday.
"Can't say anything right now. We don't talk about injuries and reps, and all those things," BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer said Wednesday, when asked about the status of the team's starting quarterback. "We'll just kind of see what happens come Saturday."
Pressed for information if Mangum practiced Wednesday, Detmer said, "I'm not going to talk about who's practicing, and who's not."
BYU is trying to recover from a two-game losing streak while struggling on offense thus far in 2017. Through three games, the Cougars have averaged 11.0 points, 76.3 rushing yards and 231.7 total yards per game, all three categories in the bottom 15 in the nation.
The Badgers, meanwhile, are 2-0, with wins over Utah State and Florida Atlantic and feature a defense that is allowing just 12.0 points, 95.5 rushing yards and 276.0 total yards per game.
If Hoge ultimately sees the field against Wisconsin, here's a primer on the dual-threat quarterback.
Who is Beau Hoge?
Hoge is a 6-foot-1, 208-pound quarterback from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and the son of Merril Hoge, a former NFL running back and ESPN analyst. He committed to the Cougars in November 2014 and signed in BYU’s 2015 recruiting class. Beau Hoge was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and 247Sports and also recruited by Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio.
Hoge redshirted last season, along with Koy Detmer Jr., who’s listed behind Mangum and Hoge on this week's depth chart.
Hoge’s first experience with BYU came in 2015, when he replaced a hurt Mangum during the fourth quarter against East Carolina. Hoge struggled in that appearance, completing 1 of 5 passes for 9 yards and an interception in three series and was also sacked once. East Carolina rallied from a 17-point deficit, including scoring a game-tying field goal off the Hoge interception, to tie the game before Mangum returned and led BYU on a game-winning touchdown drive in a 45-38 Cougar victory.
Hoge had better results later in the year when the Cougars beat a struggling FCS opponent, Wagner, 70-6. That day, Hoge got his most extensive action at BYU, completing 8 of 11 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and carrying the ball 12 times for 47 yards and two more touchdowns.
For his career, Hoge has completed 10 of 17 passes for 137 yards, one touchdown and an interception and has 16 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns.
What does he bring to the field?
As evidenced by his 2015 stats, Hoge can run the ball. He also showed improved arm strength in spring and fall.6 comments on this story
One of the greatest examples of his running ability is shown in this play he made in high school — an 82-yard run that featured numerous jukes and cutbacks and was the top play that night on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays, according to Cincinnati.com.
What others say about Hoge
“He relies on his legs. I thought he had a really good day today. He did some good things running the offense. A lot of that had to do with him going live,” — BYU coach Kalani Sitake, after a team scrimmage on Aug. 10.