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Mike Huguenin of Gridiron Now ranked the 15 best quarterbacks SEC teams will face in 2017 non-conference games and BYU’s Tanner Mangum made the list at No. 8.

Speaking of Mangum, who will face two SEC opponents in LSU and Mississippi State, Huguenin wrote, “Mangum (6-3, 223) started 12 games as a true freshman in 2015 because of an injury to Taysom Hill and started once last season after another injury to Hill; last season’s lone start was a Poinsettia Bowl win over Wyoming. Unlike Hill, who was a dangerous runner, Mangum is a dropback passer with OK mobility. He had five 300-yard games as a true freshman, and while BYU lost its top three receivers, the passing attack should be fine because of Mangum’s presence.”

Hayward, Ingles ranked top 5 available small forwards

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report ranked the top available free agents at the small forward position and both Joe Ingles and Gordon Hayward landed in the top 5.

Hughes had Ingles at No. 5 saying, “A flat-out elite three-point shooter (44.1 percent in 2016-17; 39.9 percent for his career), Ingles is more than a specialist. Put the ball in his hands, and he can make plays off the dribble and in the pick-and-roll. Look past his plodding pace and lack of bounce, and you’ll see a defender who, somehow, can stay in front of point guards and wings.”

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Hal Bent of Patriots Insider did a post-draft depth chart analysis for New England, and he had plenty to say about former BYU Cougars Kyle Van Noy and Harvey Langi.

Speaking of Van Noy and Shea McClellin, Bent wrote, “McClellin and Van Noy are both versatile and a full offseason and training camp should help integrate both into the defense.”

After mentioning some other candidates at linebacker, Bent looked at Langi, saying, “Langi was tied to the Patriots throughout the draft process and has the best chance of any of the undrafted free agents to make the roster. He is great against the run and also capable dropping into coverage. At BYU, he was versatile and played inside, outside and nickel linebacker as well as defensive end.”

While breaking down the secondary, two former Utes Eric Rowe and Jason Thompson were also discussed. Bent mentioned Rowe as a “likely outside cornerbacks heading into 2017,” and said, “a full offseason and training camp will help Rowe assimilate to the defensive scheme.”

As for Thompson, Bent wrote, ” (Damarius) Travis and Thompson are the most likely to compete for the strong safety position with good size. Thompson was a former college quarterback and athletic.”

Gobert and Ian Clark reflect on their playing days in Utah

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Matt Moore of CBS Sports looked at the tough call that four top-tier free agents have to make this offseason, and one of the players he focused on was Gordon Hayward.

After talking about Kyle Lowry, Moore turned his attention to Gordon Hayward, saying, “Hayward is going to be the belle of the ball this summer. He’s a wing who can shoot and defend, the most valuable asset in today’s NBA. He’s going to have great options for whatever his priorities are.”

Moore then looks at some of the possible suitors for Hayward’s services asking if any of the teams provide a better chance to win.

Moore concludes by saying, “Hayward has been in Utah, he’s comfortable there, he’s not a guy who makes a lot of noise about wanting to chase big markets. The reality is if he leaves Utah, he’ll have suitors from two dozen teams. But Utah still offers him the most money and comparably the best chance to win. That’s a tough combination to beat.”

BYU to the Pac-12 a move that needs to be made

Greg Wallace of Bleacher Report looked at the six realignment moves that need to happen in college football, and one of the moves he suggests is the BYU Cougars to the Pac-12.

While talking about why the move for the Cougars to the Pac-12 is needed, he wrote, “BYU is one of the nation’s most consistent programs, touting a 12-year postseason streak and a proud history that includes a national title.”

After talking about BYU’s journey through independence, he continued, “The league could pair the Cougars with another addition (such as Boise State) to get to 14 teams. BYU brings a national fanbase and plenty of tradition, and joining the Pac-12 would give it a path to achieve the goals any program wants to reach.”

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