Fangupo says, "He's back baby!"

After not playing during the Idaho State game, big Hebron "Loni" Fangupo is expected to be back in action against TCU. Fangupo is excited to be back in action and can't wait to get to get acquainted with the Horned Frog offense at Cowboys Stadium this Friday live on ESPN.

After resting up and healing some bumps, bruises and a sore ankle he suffered during the Oregon State game two weeks ago, Hebron Fangupo will take the field against TCU.

"He's back baby!" said Fangupo while laughing. "He's back and ready to go. BYU fans can expect to see me back out there against TCU, so I'm going to play and I'm excited. I can't wait to get out there."

Percentage-wise, where does Fangupo stand in terms of health?

"There is no percentage in how healthy I am, it's just about game mode," Fangupo said with a laugh. "I'm in game mode right now and I'm going to play, so how do you put a percentage on that? It's either game mode or not, and I'm in game mode right now.

"You know, when you get this far in the season, no one is fully healthy. You've got bumps and bruises and all sorts of things going on, so it's either game mode or not, and I'm on game mode right now."

Fangupo better be ready to bring it. TCU's offensive line has paved the way for 217.3 rushing yards per game this year (18th in the nation), and is tied for 27th in the nation in fewest sacks given up per game with 1.29.

He will face 6-foot-6-inch, 305-pound sophomore left tackle James Dunbar, as well as 6-foot-3-inch, 315-pound senior guard Kyle Dooley, who started nine games last year. At center is 6-foot-3-inch, 290-pound junior James Fry, while 6-foot-4-inch, 310-pound junior guard Blaize Foltz and 6-foot-4-inch, 282-pound senior right tackle Jeff Olson round out the rest of the starting linemen.

"I don't really worry about things like that," Fangupo said about the players he'll be going against. "I don't worry about things I can't really control. All I know is I'm going to go out there and ball out. I'm going to go out there and not get pushed back, make plays and help the team. I've got to do what it takes to win the game and it starts with me first rather than worrying about who's done what and how much experience they have."

As expected, Fangupo will play physical, but he also expects to have fun being back in the mix.

"Oh, I'm going to be in there doing my thing," he said. "I'm going to talk to them, you know, find out their favorite color, their favorite flower. Who knows, I might even bear my testimony to them."

Last week TCU secured its 20th consecutive MWC victory, destroying New Mexico 69-0 by rushing for 264 yards and passing for 251.

"Oh yeah, they have a very physical line," Fangupo said. "I plan on meeting it with physicality as well. So they've got some experience up front to go with their size and physicality. We just have to make sure that we meet their level and surpass it."

The Cougar front-seven will have to contain TCU's offensive line and their three-headed rushing attack comprised of Matthew Tucker, Ed Wesley and Waymon James.

"Really, they have some great athletes up front, but my goal is to go in there and dominate," Fangupo said. "I'm pretty sure their goal is the same."

If the Cougars are to make TCU one-dimensional, they'll have to stop the run and put more pressure on sophomore quarterback Casey Pachall.

"I expect ‘Tree' [Brandon Ogletree] to hit them," said Fangupo with a laugh. "I expect them all to run hard. We'll see what kind of a person they are after I hit them, and then I'll see how hard they run after that. They're a good group of backs with some experience back there and they run hard. It should be a good challenge for us."

At 6 feet 5 inches, Pachall is a tall quarterback with most of his experience coming from this season. In 2010, Pachall only passed for 78 total yards and one touchdown. After undergoing an MRI prior to the 2011 season, Pachall has thrown for 1,566 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions this year.

"He's a good passer, I know that," Fangupo said. "Any quarterback can pull the ball and run, and they do a lot of option-ride stuff, so we have to make sure we cover that and make them more one-dimensional. We just have to contain him and hit him as hard as we can.

"They do the option-ride where the quarterback can run the ball, and they also do some plays where they try and trick us. We have it all figured out and our plan is to go in there and force him to pass. That's the hard thing to do. The easy thing is to hand off the ball and the hard thing is to pass, so that's what we're going to try to do."


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