Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
BYU's Vic So'oto celebrates a defensive stop during the Cougars' 25-20 victory over Wyoming in October 2010 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Now in the NFL, So'oto's performance in the preseason indicates he'll play a big role with the Packers

Vic So'oto arrived at BYU in 2005 as part of coach Bronco Mendenhall's first recruiting class. He was a tight end who moved to linebacker and then, finally, to defensive lineman during an injury-plagued career.

So'oto starred for the Cougar defense last year, but he wasn't selected in last April's NFL draft. He signed as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay and, based on So'oto's performance in the preseason, it appears he'll play a big role with the Packers, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"In the final two games, he notched 2½ sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown, sealing his place on the 53-man roster and marking him as a candidate to play against New Orleans in the season opener," writes Tom Silverstein. "The fact much of So'oto's work came against the opponents' starters says a lot about his legitimacy."

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