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Tanner Mangum getting healthier as BYU spring practice winds down

BYU quarterback hopes to be back to 100 percent healthy by fall camp

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - Tanner Mangum hasn't done much this spring as he continues to recover from an Achilles injury that ended his season back in November.

"I'm feeling a lot better," Mangum said. "Even from the first week of spring ball until now, there's been a lot of good progress. I'm thankful for the training staff, the medical staff that really helped me progress along."

While Mangum hasn't been subject to the hits the other quarterbacks have this spring, he is absorbing Jeff Grimes new offense, which Mangum says requires a lot more accountability.

"Doing the play over and over until we get it right, punishments with up downs and conditioning, things like that," Mangum said. "It's a challenge, but it's a good challenge. It's making us come out with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of energy, a lot of focus, making sure we're concentrating throughout the entirety of the practice. That's a good thing, we need that."

Mangum, who started eight games last season before getting hurt at Fresno State, is competing with freshman Zach Wilson and last year's backup Beau Hoge for the starting job. So how will Kalani Sitake ultimately decide who to go with?

"I'm going to take a poll with everyone who has never seen practice just to guess," Sitake joked. "No, we'll get to that time. But now, it's not time to name a starter right now."

BYU wraps up spring practice with their annual Blue-White Spring Game Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium.


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