Mangum's status unclear for Wisconsin game

BYU quarterback injured his ankle against Utah

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - After BYU put up just 13 points against Utah, Kalani Sitake said there will be changes made. So what are they?

"Get back to me on Saturday," Sitake said, referring to the Cougars game against #10 Wisconsin. "No, you'll see them. Everything is open. The competition is always open. Nothing is set in stone. Everything has to be competitive and we'll play the best guys."

The Cougars could be without starting quarterback Tanner Mangum, who injured his ankle on the last play of the game against Utah. Sitake isn't commenting on Mangum's status, but if Mangum can't go, redshirt freshman Beau Hodge would get the start.

"I've said it before, I'm not going to really mention injuries other than the season-ending ones," Sitake said. "It's difficult. You know, everybody wants to score now and score a lot of points. Patience is not my best virtue either. I want to be good, I want to win now, and I want to score a lot of points."

The Cougars are averaging just 11 points per game so far this season, and some BYU fans are clamoring for a change at offensive coordinator. But Sitake reiterated his confidence in Ty Detmer.

"What Ty does well is he know what his talent is at and trying to get the best out of our players," Sitake said. "But if things don't work well, then you adjust and you move on to other things."

One change we will see is at running back where former Wisconsin signee Ula Tolutau should get the bulk of the carries. Tolutau had five carries for a team-high 25 yards and a touchdown against the Utes.

"Ula is just a downhill runner," said offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf. "He gets hyped, he gets us going. It's a lot of fun to have a back like that. He doesn't care if there's three guys in the hole."

"I think he's just an aggressive runner." Sitake said. "We saw a little bit of that and it's hard to bring him down."

The Cougars are still searching for an identity on offense, but Sitake is confident his team will find its groove soon.

"We're trying to find what can hang our hat on and get our identity," Sitake said. "You hate saying that after three games, but we need to establish that quickly because we're losing games."

BYU will try to get a signature win Saturday against #10 Wiconsin at 1:30 on ABC-4.

 


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