Robert W. Grover
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) scans the field for an open receiver in Saturday's matchup against ECU.
I’ve got to be able to have the same attacking mentality throughout the entirety of the game. I can’t wait until the end to turn it on. —Tanner Mangum

PROVO — BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum started slowly in last week’s loss at East Carolina but he finished strong.

In the fourth quarter, Mangum completed 16 of 25 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.

Part of it was that ECU had a commanding lead and was playing soft in its coverage. But Mangum said he wants to be more aggressive the rest of the season like he was in that final quarter last Saturday.

“I’ve got to have that same mindset the whole game,” Mangum said. “I’ve got to be able to have the same attacking mentality throughout the entirety of the game. I can’t wait until the end to turn it on.”

Mangum said that he needs to make plays and throw downfield, even at the risk of throwing an interception.

“It’s a tough job. Playing quarterback, there’s a lot of pressure every play. The ball’s in your hands and you make an awesome throw and the fans love you. You throw a pick then the fans hate you,” he said. “It’s the nature of the beast. At the end of the day, I just have to play my game, have fun and play loose. If I throw a pick, no biggie. I have to learn from it and move on.”

KJ’S RETURN: BYU running back KJ Hall returned to action in the ECU game after missing five straight games due to injury.

Hall ran nine times for 46 yards and caught two passes for 25 passes.

“I told him last year he could do so much for this team and he got hurt last year as well. He got a hamstring injury early,” said running backs coach Reno Mahe. “Then he got hurt in the LSU game while playing special teams. I love having him back. He’s such a dual threat. He can catch and run with the ball. It’s pretty sweet.”

INJURIES CONTINUE TO MOUNT: BYU has had 35 different players miss significant playing time with an injury this season. Of those 35, 23 have been listed on the depth chart and 13 have been projected starters.