BYU football: Weber State transfer thriving on BYU’s defensive line


BYU defensive end Logan Lutui, a Hunter High product and Weber State transfer to BYU, got a surprise start against Oregon and made the most of his opportunity.

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If someone had told BYU defensive end Logan Lutui a month ago that he would get the starting nod against the Oregon Ducks in famed Autzen Stadium, the Weber State transfer flat-out would not have believed them.

Not only did the 6-foot-1, 255-pound Lutui get the start in the place of injured teammate Tyler Batty, he recorded four tackles — a career-high for an FBS game — in the Cougars’ 41-20 loss.

“I wouldn’t have believed it, man,” Lutui said Tuesday after practice in Provo. “I am not knocking what I can do. But with the little amount of time I have had here, I wasn’t expecting anything like that. It was a shock, but I was excited to play.”

“We (decided) to give him a look, then all of a sudden it was, ‘OK, this kid has got something.’ As we went through fall camp, he just kept showing up and showing out. It was a good thing and now obviously he is traveling, he is playing for us now.” — BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki on Weber State transfer Logan Lutui

Lutui will likely go back to his role as Batty’s backup at the outside end spot on Saturday when No. 19 BYU hosts Wyoming, because Batty has been practicing again and is expected to play. Former Herriman star Fisher Jackson and senior Alden Tofa are also listed as outside ends and/or defensive ends on BYU’s depth chart.

Lutui, a product of West Valley City’s Hunter High, joined …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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