Miracle Mangum shows he’s human after all, but maintains confidence

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2015-09-22-Blood-Runs-BlueAfter a made-for-Hollywood beginning to the 2015 college football season for BYU, freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum showed his fallibility last Saturday night as the Cougars lost to UCLA 24–23.

“I felt good out there,” Mangum said in a press conference Monday. “I felt like I was confident; I felt calm — you know, just taking it one play at a time. And I felt, mentally, I was better against UCLA than Boise State. And maybe that just comes from experience, but just being able to be out there play-by-play, knowing my job, knowing what my reads are and just to go out there and play — it felt good. But obviously, looking back at the film, there’s a lot I can work on. I take a lot of that loss on me, and the offense, as a whole. There are a lot of things we can improve on to help our team win.

Mangum is still confident in his abilities as are fellow players and BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

“After reviewing the game, a few things stood out,” Mendenhall said. “I really like our quarterback, Tanner Mangum. He played a very good game, and he’s poised beyond his experience. Our team has tremendous confidence in him and so do our coaches. He managed the game well.”

Next up? Jim Harbaugh and his 2–1 Wolverine team in the Big House, Michigan’s 100,000+ seating capacity stadium.

Here’s to hoping Tanner and the rest of his underdog squad can tap into some of that Mormon magic.

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As the staff editorial cartoonist at BYU's Daily Universe during the '90s, Aaron won the Locher Award from the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as the outstanding college cartoonist in North America. His cartoons have appeared in such publications as the Daily Herald, Deseret News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Salt Lake Observer. He currently is a creative director working in Salt Lake City and has been drawing Blood Runs Blue since 2011.

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