BYU football: Eathyn Manumaleuna, Bronson Kaufusi expected to lead BYU's defensive line this fall

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  • jbkhbrmz Saint George, UT
    July 18, 2013 4:51 a.m.

    Don't sleep on Michael Doman (6-5 260). He may be only a walk-on, but he was second team in spring ball at DE and has the type of work ethic that Coach Mendenhall loves. My bet is that he will see time at DE allowing for some serious depth.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 17, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    Most people probably don't know this but Bronson's mother is a Garrick, as in sister of Craig Garrick that was one of the best offensive linemen BYU ever had. He played on the national championship team and sadly has since passed away. But he was a huge and freakishly athletic guy himself. He blew out his knee his senior year at Provo High and never fully recovered from it but he was such a good athlete that despite that handicap, and despite the inferior orthopedic knowledge of the time, he was still a top college lineman. Of course we all know Bronson's dad was also a stud from a highly athletic family that has more than its share top top college football talent.

    With genetics like Bronson's I don't think there was ever any doubt he'd be a great football player.

  • Broom Hockey Champ Scottsdale, AZ
    July 17, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    For opposing offenses it'll feel like they're running into a brick wall!

    I think there will be a moderate drop off in production. It won't be notable to the average fan and won't be enough to lose games. However, we lost one of our top performers to the NFL.

    I hope Kearsely hasn't shown these guys where the creamery is because, from pictures I've seen, it looks like he knows right where it is.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    July 17, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    I actually got to shake THE hand that blocked UCLA's field goal to preserve BYU's win in the 2007 Las Vegas bowl when Manumaleuna served for several months in our ward.

    It was a h-u-g-e hand that was attached to a h-u-g-e body. He was very humble and a little embarrased that I knew what he had done when he admitted he had played football at BYU before his mission.

    Let's hope he and the rest of our beloved Cougars have a monstrous season. GO COUGARS!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    July 17, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    It's important to remember that Ziggy was a part time player for the first 4 games. We still dominated. After that Bronson started making his impact as well.

    I believe we'll see a D-line as good as last year. We have enough depth at nose tackle to keep fresh bodies in there which will help to make up for the outstanding Romney F. play we'll be missing.

    No excuses at D-line. It should and will likely acquit itself well.

    BYU's D should keep all of the teams on the schedule below 21 points. At issue is can Anae's O score 24 or more every game? The signs are there. Should be an interesting season and enjoyable. 9 wins would be excellent and acheivable.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    Sounds like the defense will be stellar again this year. GO COUGS!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 17, 2013 7:04 a.m.

    I think Kaufusi will step in right where Ziggy left off. He may not have the freakish athletic abilities of Ziggy, but he'll still be one of the best DEs in the West. He's very athletic, experienced and knows the game. The D line is not an area of concern.