The BYU football team was already facing long odds if they wanted to steal a victory from the Wisconsin Badgers. They will be even longer with starting quarterback Tanner Mangum out for the foreseeable future.
Mangum suffered an ankle injury and will be out at least one month.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, that means that Beau Hoge will get his first start at the collegiate level.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Beau is Merril Hoge’s son. Merril Hoge played eight season in the NFL, and has provided commentary and analysis for ESPN ever since.
“I’m ready to take on whatever role the coaches need me to take on,” Beau Hoge said. “Big or small.”
This certainly falls squarely under the “big” category. The Wisconsin Badgers have looked every bit of their top 10 ranking in the early part of the season. With a lesser group of skill players around him, and making the first start of his FBS career, saying Hoge is an underdog to lead the upset is putting it diplomatically.
The BYU offense was having trouble moving the ball under Mangum anyway, though. If Hoge is able to stimulate some offensive production, he might be able to keep himself at the top of the depth chart even when Mangum is health again.
Hoge is a superior runner, and you can expect offensive coordinator Ty Detmer to use that to his advantage.
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