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Highland grad Hill wins BYU starting QB job over Eagle’s Mangum

BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum high-fives fans after a game against Cincinnati on Oct. 16, 2015, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah.
BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum high-fives fans after a game against Cincinnati on Oct. 16, 2015, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. The Associated Press

Fifth-year senior Taysom Hill was named the BYU football team’s starting quarterback on Tuesday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Hill, a graduate of Highland High in Pocatello, was chosen over sophomore Tanner Mangum, a 2012 Eagle High graduate, who replaced Hill in the 2015 opener against Nebraska after Hill suffered a season-ending foot injury.

“The best guy won, and a great player was in second place,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake told the Salt Lake Tribune. “For the team and where we sit right now, this was the best move for us.”

Mangum finished the 2015 season with 3,377 passing yards and 23 touchdowns with 10 interceptions as the Cougars went 9-4.

After high school, Mangum went on a two-year missionary trip to Chile. Before BYU’s 2015 opener, Mangum hadn’t played in a game since 2012.

Mangum reached several milestones in 2015, becoming BYU’s first 3,000-yard passer since Max Hall in 2009, and the first freshman QB to reach that mark. He also set the BYU record for freshman quarterback pass attempts in a season with 390.

In high school, Mangum competed in the same 2011 Elite 11 quarterback camp as NFL Rookie of the Year Jameis Winston.

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