BYU fans should be thrilled about what Motekiai “Mo” Langi could bring to Cougar football.
LSU, on the other hand, may not. (The Tigers play the Cougars in the first game of the season.)
BYU released a practice clip yesterday, and it appears he’s settling in just fine. He signed with the Cougars in 2015 and is finally on the practice field. In the snippet below, the 6-foot-7 and 410-pound nose tackle shows the ability to be a force in the middle of the trenches.
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Langi isn’t making the headlines just because of his stature. In fact, he never played a down of football before joining BYU. His journey to Utah was pretty remarkable.
Cougars assistant Steve Kaufusi actually saw Langi playing basketball in his home country of Tonga while on a recruiting trip. Instantly, Kaufusi was delighted with Langi’s size, but also noticed his quick feet.
When Langi visited BYU’s campus in Provo, Utah, former Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall offered him a scholarship. The Tonga native also has a relationship with BYU. Harvey Langi, former Cougar football player, is related to Mo.
He has yet to play a snap of college football. Langi’s improvement will come with time.
LSU and BYU kick off Saturday, September 2 at 9:30 pm ET.