BYU football: Walk-on Simonte Vea is coach Kaufusi's 'Pit Bull'

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  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Sept. 2, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Very positive comments. This is great, and I love hearing great player success stories.

    Something concerned me as I read between the lines of this article, and that is it seems as though there may be 4-5 prima donna's who dont work hard enough and Vea has to motivate by threat of taking their spots. When a second or third string player is "standing out" due to their work ethic, it can mean that he isn't blending because the others aren't working hard enough. We will know in a few hours if we are getting off the ball against Mississippi's offensive line.

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    What a find! If BYU gets any better recruits, its going to have to go straight to the NFL.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    He probably could run under the arms of the 6' 7" offensive lineman and take down the QB or runner.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    Great story! Let's have some more of these. Maybe if more of the other teams fans read more of these they will come to love BYU...OK, maybe they will just not hate BYU as much.

  • byu rugby Crystal Lake, IL
    Sept. 2, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    In a day of entitlement attitudes, Vea is a breath of fresh air. Not everyone can be a superstar but, everyone can contribute. I hope a lot of people read this article. We need more examples of this!

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Sept. 2, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Kudos, Elder Vea. With attitude and work ethic, you have succeeded at football, and made your brothers better. And more importantly these same traits will help you succeed in the more important arenas of life. Warriors like Simonte are what make BYU sports for me.

    Go Cougars!

  • Billy Budd Saint George, UT
    Sept. 2, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Just the kind of "walk-on" every coach dreams about.

    Great inspiring story.

    Go Cougars!