The BYU Cougars got plenty of attention for signing Motekiai Langi a couple of years back. Now it's Langi who is getting the attention for his play on the practice field. Just in the last two days, he has been featured in stories by NFL.com, Yahoo Sports and Athlon Sports.
While some of that attention comes from his size, he's 6-foot-7 and 400 pounds after all, some is also coming from his play on the practice field.
One play in practice in particular stood out as Langi dispatched a running back with a one-armed tackle.
Speaking of the play, Athlon Sports' Jasmine Watkins wrote, "During a recent practice at BYU's training camp, Langi showed off his strength with an arm tackle you won't soon get out of your mind."
He isn't the only defensive lineman with Cougar ties garnering headlines.
Former Cougar defensive end Bronson Kaufusi was featured in a story on ESPN by Jamison Hensley as he tries to make his way back on the field after missing out on his rookie season with an injury.
After talking about how Kaufusi spent his down time helping his mother put up signs and fliers for her campaign to run for mayor of Provo, Hensley continued, "These days, Kaufusi is focused on winning a starting job, not political office."
Hensley then quotes Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Dean Pees about how hard Kaufusi works.
"He has a great motor; we knew that when we drafted him," Pees said. "That was the one thing that just stood out on film was that he just played hard all the time. You see it now, and I think the more he gets comfortable, the more he is going to put pressure on other people to play."
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It's not just players who have consequences for not following the rules, at least at BYU. Offensive coordinator Ty Detmer tweeted out a video of him doing what he called grass drills for not staying behind the rope during practice.