BYU football notebook: Big plays, position switches and a smaller Mo Langi

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  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    March 9, 2018 10:15 a.m.

    Just for the record, there is no football at BYUY-I, nor any intercollegiate sports for that matter to be found at BYU-I. So why the fixation with the reference to BYU-P?? Kinda suggests that folks are somewhat lacking in information...just a tad ill-informed methinks. Plus the obvious fact there is zero athletic sportswear or paraphernalia of any sort with a "P" following BYU! just saying....

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 8, 2018 9:30 p.m.

    Why do you people who have left BYU behind constantly demonstrate an obsession with them?
    Just curious. Seems to be a bit of a contradiction on your parts.
    I am excited to see where MO langi goes. He is a beast and if he can learn some good technique he should be able to push just about anybody around on the line.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 8, 2018 2:04 p.m.

    "No, he’s living BYU-P’s dream. This guy never heard of American football until he was “discovered.” He’s probably a nice guy, but still a novelty."

    He went to a football camp, there are stories about him trying on an extra large helmet - the novelty act is the media coverage.

    As far as his dream, I've spent time in Tonga and Samoa, a lot of time doing business there, having a degree is meaningful, having a degree from BYU provo is very meaningful. This is huge for him.

    If he doesn't play a down of football his entire life, his life will still likely be completely changed by this opportunity.

    I'm all for a bit of rivalry jabbing, it can be fun in the right place and time, March isn't the right time, and the classy way of doing it doesn't pick out individual players which I think is a pretty classless thing to do.

    The outlook on life from Tonga is very different than the view from your mother's basement. There is no way that the average Tongan family can afford a BYU education and he's likely to be a farmer rather than engage in international trade through his education and network, this is a huge opportunity for a huge kid who absolutely will benefit from it.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    March 8, 2018 1:29 p.m.

    Topper: He's living a dream and his effort will pay off before he's through.

    Lester L. Wester: No, he’s living BYU’s dream. This guy never heard of American football until he was “discovered.”

    Your statement proves that you're making up your own "facts".

    I've personally talked to Steve Kaufusi and Mo Langi about his recruitment and Kaufusi told me after NLI signing day last year that Mo needed a lot of work in many areas - conditioning, knowledge of the game, practice - before he'd be ready to play.

    BYU was fully aware that Mo was a "project" that may or may not pan out.

    Just like Ziggy.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    March 8, 2018 1:06 p.m.

    I am not sure what is an ideal frame for Mo Langi for American Football. I remember Bronco M. said when he offer a scholarship to him that Mo has a solid lean body or no fat. Will he keeps his body weight down even more? He could easly regain his weight back easly with out doing any work out. Maybe he should stay at 400 lbs because that is his frame should be.

    Last year August before the season started the someone asked him what postion he should play - Def, Off or Specail Team, his aresponse was Sideline Player (as he was joking). Was he really joking? Does he really want to play Pro Football? He does have a lot to learn the system and wish him well.

  • Lester L. Wester Henderson, NV
    March 8, 2018 1:00 p.m.

    Topper: “He's living a dream and his effort will pay off before he's through.“

    No, he’s living BYU-P’s dream. This guy never heard of American football until he was “discovered.” He’s probably a nice guy, but still a novelty.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 8, 2018 11:16 a.m.

    Reporting on Mo Langi is what's off. One some reports he's never touched a football, but then he was at a football camp, we tend to hear a bit of a dichotomy about this huge young man.

    Personally I think the media has him as a novelty act, and with his size he's a fan favorite. Give him time to get into the rhythm, at his size he does indeed go where he wants to go, that will still be true at 375 rather than 450.

    Ziggy was also a novelty act so to speak, but he seems to have done well with it, and his family finally understands that football is neither soccer or rugby.

    I'm all for finding these players and giving them a chance, it's pretty cool.

  • top of the world ,
    March 8, 2018 8:54 a.m.

    mncougar...I wonder if you would like to go tell this young mountain of a man that all of the work off-season that he has put in, day after day, to shed 50 and gain muscle and agility, tell him it was all a waste of time because he's just a novelty. I think it's absolutely great that he is working to become the player he wants to become. I assume your comment was kind of tongue-in-cheek, but I hope he doesn't read it. How would you like to have your children hear that they are just wall decorations in your home, nothing else?

    He's living a dream and his effort will pay off before he's through. His quickness will increase, along with agility, when his frame is more able to accommodate his size. And he is a terrific guy.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    March 8, 2018 2:13 a.m.

    It would be great if he gets strong enough and develops the footwork to do some heavy lifting at nose tackle...he could control two gaps !!!

  • mncougar Stillwater, MN
    March 7, 2018 8:22 p.m.

    Mo Langi= a lovable novelty act.