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Sonoran Hot Reads: BYU with 3rd-best QB situation in college football

Who will start against Arizona in the season opener?

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Both of the teams involved in the Cactus Kickoff are having "QB competitions" this fall, but the BYU Cougars’ version is at a much higher level, at least according to Bruce Feldman. Over at FOX, Feldman has been ranking position groups, and his quarterback rankings came out this week. He has BYU as the third-best situation in the entire sport of college football. Why?

Cougars legend Ty Detmer returns to Provo to take over the Cougars’ offense, which’ll mean less up-tempo stuff and bringing back more of a pro-style approach. Detmer has two compelling options in Taysom Hill, arguably the fastest guy on the team, and Tanner Mangum, the guy who jumped in and played extremely well after Hill went down with a season-ending foot injury last year. Detmer has said Hill (now playing in his third offensive system at BYU) can be a weapon like Steve Young. He has over 2,200 career rushing yards and accounted for 55 TDs (24 on the ground). Mangum, more of a pocket passer, completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for almost 3,400 yards last fall in relief.

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Other sports

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Tucson news

- Be sure to get your votes in for the Final Four of our Tucson Restaurant Tournament

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- Shoutout to the Pima County Supervisor for being one of the people having their cars swept away by the water. There were about 45 cars that got stuck in the water. The Stone underpass claimed another victim