PROVO — BYU is always in the market for another quarterback, according to offensive coordinator Ty Detmer, who addressed the media on Tuesday. Teams can sign players from December 20 to 22 this year, and then against the first Wednesday of February, and, according to Detmer, bringing in another quarterback is an option being considered, as is new talent at other positions.
"We're always looking for guys that can come in and make an immediate impact," Detmer said. "So we're definitely seeing what's out there, much like we would any year. If something's too good to pass up, then you take players like that at any position."
BYU currently has five quarterbacks on the roster and is expected to add the services of Jaren Hall, who returns from LDS mission service prior to the 2018 season. The problem is none of them have shown consistent production, with Tanner Mangum, who is the most experienced option, expected to be on the mend for some time following his season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
"We've got to get better. We've got to improve," Detmer said when asked if he's satisfied with the group of quarterbacks currently in the program. "All those are things that come with time and experience, and, unfortunately, guys have been in and out. Guys really haven't had the time to grow within what we're doing."
The quarterbacks currently within the program are Beau Hoge, Joe Critchlow, Koy Detmer Jr., and Kody Wilstead, along with Mangum.
MANGUM ON THE MEND: Detmer spoke specifically on Mangum's health status, particularly of his availability to play spring football after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
"I think that might be a stretch, just with that injury," Detmer said. "But I know guys who have come back in 4-6 months, so it depends on how aggressive you want to be with it."
Detmer also cautioned repercussions of pushing too hard to come back, stating, "You've got to be careful with it."
EVALUATING DETMER: It's no secret that the BYU offense has reached new lows this season, with Detmer receiving a good brunt of the criticism. The Cougars' offensive coordinator believes he'll come under greater scrutiny by those making coaching decisions after the season, and he understands it's part of the job.
"That's coaching. You're judged on your results, and I think people within the program understand the circumstances we've been under this year, with youth and injuries and those things," Detmer said. "So I'm not thinking about that at this point. We'll evaluate all of it after the season, I'm sure. We'll have our evaluations and discussions with (BYU coach) Kalani (Sitake) and go from there."