We'll tailor to what guys do best at every position...It's a constant learning in motion. —BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer
PROVO — So will it be Tanner Mangum or Beau Hoge under center for BYU Saturday against Wisconsin — or (wink) maybe JJ Nwigwe?
BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer deadpanned his response when asked the most prominent question in the minds of fans and media heading into Saturday's game, announcing tight end/offensive lineman, "JJ Nwigwe," as the team's starter at quarterback this week, adding the 6-foot-5, 275 pound junior is "heavy on the block."
Any type of practice observation was not made available to the media on Wednesday, nor did BYU make Tanner Mangum or backup quarterback Beau Hoge available for interviews.
Mangum finished last week's 19-13 loss to Utah with a noticeable limp, with rumors swirling about his availability to play Saturday.
Coaches have remained mum on Mangum's health status, as is the policy regarding any player who hasn't sustained a season-ending injury. When pressed after Wednesday's practice, Detmer stated, "We don't talk about injuries, reps and those things, so we'll just kind of see what happens come Saturday."22 comments on this story
Should the Cougars have to go with Hoge on Saturday, some slight offensive changes may come about as a result. With Hoge, a 6-1, 205-pound sophomore from Kentucky, coaches may utilize his ability to run more often, while tweaking other aspects of the struggling offense.
"We'll tailor to what guys do best at every position," Detmer said. "...It's a constant learning in motion. Every week you learn something new or (the players) start learning it a little better, too. So that's football."
Hoge played in three games as a true freshman before redshirting in 2016. He scored his first two career rushing touchdowns against Wagner in 2015, rushing for 47 yards on 12 carries. He also completed 8 of 11 passes for 117 yards and one passing TD for a 192.1 QB rating.