High-SchoolFootball: Eagle High School

Get Familiar: Tanner Mangum

September, 26, 2011
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Tanner MangumTom Hauck/ESPNHSBYU commit Tanner Mangum, Eagle (Eagle, Idaho), was one of three MVPs at the Elite 11 finals this summer.


Not the fastest but the first.

Tanner Mangum’s older brother Parker offered this advice to Mangum when he began playing football in the second grade. It was his way of telling his younger brother that even if he might not be the most athletic player on the football field, he could still be the best player on it if he put in the time to improve.

The advice has stuck with Mangum throughout his career. The Eagle (Eagle, Idaho) senior quarterback knew that if he wanted to get noticed in a state not known for producing elite football talent, he’d have to work his tail off to excel against the nation’s best when the opportunity presented itself.

Mission accomplished. This offseason, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder shined at the Elite 11 finals, where he was named co-MVP, and at Nike Football’s “The Opening” to establish himself as one of the nation’s premier signal-callers. Mangum is now rated the No. 10 quarterback and No. 148 overall recruit in the ESPNU 150.

It was a satisfying way to cap off what was a frustrating year for Mangum, who missed the majority of his junior season with a broken collarbone. And he’s carried that momentum into his senior season, throwing for 1,181 yards, 13 touchdowns and just two picks through his first four games (4-0).

Mangum has committed to BYU, but he won’t set foot on the Provo campus until the summer of 2014 when he completes his two-year LDS mission.

But before he does, he’s looking to cap off his high school career with a state title.

So what drives this well-rounded QB? It’s time to Get Familiar with Tanner Mangum.

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