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Moroni Laulu-Pututau catches a go all the way through fall camp in Provo on March five, 2018.
PROVO — Nearly 18 months after being moved from vast receiver to tight end, junior Moroni Laulu-Pututau nonetheless hasn’t ever performed a down in a recreation at his new place.
That’s as a result of he suffered a season-ending foot harm ultimate Aug. 23, days sooner than the 2017 season-opener towards Portland State.
“It’s a day I’ll never forget,” Laulu-Pututau mentioned. “It changed a lot of things.”
Not best did he pass over all the 2017 marketing campaign, however he was once held out of spring practices as smartly.
Now, Laulu-Pututua mentioned he’s again and in a position to play once more.
It’s the busiest offseason I’ve noticed, and it is been one of the crucial productive and environment friendly.
“I’m 100 percent. I feel good,” he mentioned all the way through BYU Media Day festivities on June 22. “I’m working hard. A lot of hours in the training room. I’m fully cleared. I’m so excited. It’s been almost a year. I’m just hungry. To come back to play is exciting. I’m running routes. Nothing crazy, going smooth, trying to get ready for fall camp.”
Laulu-Pututau will sign up for freshman All-American Matt Bushman, senior JJ Nwigwe and freshman Dallin Holker within the tight end crew.
For now, Joe Tukuafu, who was once anticipated to be a contributor this season after redshirting ultimate 12 months, isn’t indexed at the roster.
Which makes Laulu-Pututau’s go back much more a very powerful.
“It’s nice to have him back. We really needed him last season,” Nwigwe mentioned of Laulu-Pututau. “He means a lot to the tight end group and to our team.”
Tight end is predicted to be a very powerful a part of the offense that first-year offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes is putting in.
“It’s a really big role. They’re doing great things with us,” Laulu-Pututau mentioned. “Matt was a freshman All-American. JJ brings a different skill set to the position. We’re all good at different things. From what I’ve seen from the coaches, they’re putting us in position to succeed.”
Nwigwe, a transformed offensive lineman, shines as a blocker and has labored arduous at changing into a greater pass-catcher.
“He’s looking good,” Laulu-Pututau mentioned of Nwigwe. “He’s saying he’s learned from us, but everything about the run game, in the film room, all the clips are of JJ in his run blocking and pass blocking. He brings a lot to our group.”
While Laulu-Pututau hasn’t performed in a recreation since 2016 — he stuck 27 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore that 12 months — he has stayed concerned, attending conferences and practices and dealing to get wholesome.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Last season, Laulu-Pututau may best watch helplessly as accidents piled up right through the staff and the Cougars limped to a Four-Nine marketing campaign.
“It wasn’t just me that got injured. When a guy goes down, it hurts the whole team,” he mentioned. “Those injuries played a big part in the season.”
Because the offense struggled such a lot a 12 months in the past, there’s a sense of urgency heading into the 2018 season.
“This is my third offense, my third offensive coordinator I’ve played for,” Laulu-Pututau mentioned. “I’ve seen and learned from multiple position coaches. It’s the busiest offseason I’ve seen, and it’s been one of the most productive and efficient. It’s great. We’re making so much progress already. We’ll go into fall camp already months of where we would have been.”
Last 12 months’s dismal offensive efficiency has equipped numerous motivation for this 12 months. The focal point now could be to seem forward, now not on the previous.
“It’s in the back of our minds as motivation, but honestly, that’s behind us,” he mentioned. “We realize that it’s a new year and a new era and we’re going to do great things. I don’t see that bad taste having any effect on us. It’s just motivation and looking forward.”