Mike Huguenin of Gridiron Now ranked the 15 best quarterbacks SEC teams will face in 2017 non-conference games and BYU's Tanner Mangum made the list at No. 8.
Speaking of Mangum, who will face two SEC opponents in LSU and Mississippi State, Huguenin wrote, "Mangum (6-3, 223) started 12 games as a true freshman in 2015 because of an injury to Taysom Hill and started once last season after another injury to Hill; last season’s lone start was a Poinsettia Bowl win over Wyoming. Unlike Hill, who was a dangerous runner, Mangum is a dropback passer with OK mobility. He had five 300-yard games as a true freshman, and while BYU lost its top three receivers, the passing attack should be fine because of Mangum’s presence."
Hayward, Ingles ranked top 5 available small forwards
Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report ranked the top available free agents at the small forward position and both Joe Ingles and Gordon Hayward landed in the top 5.
Hughes had Ingles at No. 5 saying, "A flat-out elite three-point shooter (44.1 percent in 2016-17; 39.9 percent for his career), Ingles is more than a specialist. Put the ball in his hands, and he can make plays off the dribble and in the pick-and-roll. Look past his plodding pace and lack of bounce, and you'll see a defender who, somehow, can stay in front of point guards and wings."
Speaking of Hayward, who was ranked No. 2, Hughes wrote, "He became a full-fledged star—one with the production, team success and highlights necessary to draw notice outside the insular world of Utah Jazz fandom."
After talking about Hayward's stat line from 2016-17, Hughes continued, "Hayward is the first absolute lock on this list for a max contract (Otto Porter might fall a few pennies short), and he'll have interest from anyone with cap space, a group likely led by the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat."
Kevin Durant came in at No. 1 on the list.
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