PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer was asked Tuesday whether Tanner Mangum, who is still in a walking boot after suffering an ankle injury against Utah, would be available to play on Saturday against #10 Wisconsin. But predictably, Detmer didn't reveal his plans.
"I can't say anything right now," Detmer said. "We don't talk about injuries and reps and those sorts of things. So, we'll just kind of see what happens come Saturday."
Asked if Mangum practiced on Tuesday, Detmer replied, "I'm not going to talk about who is practicing and who is not."
Mangum injured his ankle on BYU's final play in last weekend's 19-13 loss to Utah. So it looks like redshirt freshman Beau Hodge will make his first career start on Saturday. If that happens, Detmer says they won't need to change the offense that much.
"I don't think we do," he said. "It's something that all of the guys on our team have been practicing for a whole month of training camp. So, you don't just go change everything and try to invent a new offense in a week."
Even though BYU is averaging a paltry 11 points per game, Detmer says the opportunities to score are there, but the execution has just been off.
"We're playing good defenses, teams that can play," Detmer said. "We haven't played to our standard yet, though. We see things on film and we're leaving a lot of plays on the table out there, either guys are open or we drop a ball. We've got to sharpen up on the little things. We've got guys in situations seeing things for the first time, and each week it's something new."
There will be a change at running back as Ula Tolutau, who orginally signed with Wisconsin out of East High School, should get the bulk of the work.
"It's changed dramatically now that I'm cleared to play," said Tolutau, who had five carries for 25 yards and a touchdown against Utah. "I'm seeing more reps in practice, and it feels good to be out there with my brothers, so I'm excited. I treat them like any other team. Of course it's special, but I've got to treat it like any other week."
BYU and Wisconsin will go at it Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and you can watch the game on ABC-4.