UP CLOSE: Parker Mangum

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Nickname: Dennis Pitta calls me “Parks and Rec,” others call me “Sparky”

Favorite cold cereal: Raisin Nut Bran

Why did I choose to play football over other sports: Pure adrenaline rush that I only get from football.

Before a football game, I: Visualize myself making amazing breathtaking plays.

Favorite Bronco Mendenhall Quote: “Represent the Lord at all times, in all things, and in all places.”

Who is the best player I’ve ever faced: Bryan Hehl lit me up one practice, he’s pretty good.

What would I like to do sometime in my life: Learn the guitar, write a book, and snow ski on all seven continents.

One place I would like to visit: Whistler Blackcomb (ski resort in British Columbia).

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Competing in the Ironman and skiing with my children.

How did I select my jersey number: I flipped with Max Hall and I lost.

What is my favorite hobby or activity away from football: Skiing with my family.

What is the best book I’ve ever read: Decisions Determine Your Destiny by Brandon Doman

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment: Putting on the Blue and White for the very first time and running out of the tunnel.

My most interesting class I’ve taken at BYU: Troy Nielson’s Organizational Development.

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept and why: Journals—I have learned some awesome lessons from valuable experiences and influential people in my life.

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I’d have to show you is: J-Dawgs.

If I were on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” I: probably wouldn’t last two rounds.

Favorite scripture: Mosiah 2:41.

Favorite website: www.backcountry.com

People say I look like: Tom Brady—he’s hot.

Who has had the greatest influence on my football career: Coach Bob Clark, QB coach in high school. Coach Clark taught me what it means to work in order to achieve my goals and aspirations.

If I could play another position, what would it be: Running Back, “The Running Back Y`all”.

One rule I’d change in college football is: Automatic BCS bids; eh, the entire BCS system.

If I could invite any three people to dinner, who would they would include: President Monson, Stephen R. Covey and Brian Regan.

On game day my friends and relatives: Pray that I don’t trip running out of the tunnel.

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