Tanner Mangum and Jameis Winston were once co-MVPs

BYU Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum has wowed the nation with a pair of game-winning Hail Mary touchdown passes in his first two games, and with good reason. On top of coming through in the clutch against higher-ranked teams than BYU, he may be a stronger prospect than originally thought.

Back in 2011, as was reported by Brandon Gurney of the Deseret News, Mangum was co-MVP of the Elite 11 camp back in 2011 along with eventual SMU quarterback Neal Burcham and another much bigger name: Jameis Winston.

Each man certainly took different paths. Burcham has seen limited time with the Mustangs due to injury, while Winston went on to win the Heisman and a national championship at Florida State before being drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the spring.

Mangum, on the other hand, took time off before school to do an LDS mission, thus why he is only just getting noticed in the football world now. If BYU keeps playing the way it has been, he too could be headed down a similar path to Winston.

Mangum’s next test comes on Saturday when the Cougars travel to Westwood to face the No. 10 UCLA Bruins.

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