RB Sepeti Moala: One to Watch

<b>Sepeti Moala</b>, a cousin of former BYU recruit and Oregon's defensive player of the year Tevita Moala, is already raising eyebrows on the gridiron and breaking high school track records in Idaho.

Moala, 6' 1", 180 pound Tongan athlete, is making a name for himself among area coaches and local media in Nampa, Idaho.

Previously a defensive player, Moala moved to the offensive side of the ball to play alongside teammate and cousin Elone Tuifua, another BYU prospect, recently featured on TBS' "One to Watch" series.

"I started late in the season as a running back," Moala said. "The coaches didn't start me on offense at first, but I was moved over later in the year and came up big."

Nampa High runs a variation of the "T" offense, with a basic three-back set.

"We had a running back that got hurt. It wasn't serious, and he was out for one game, but the coaches added me in on offense to fill in at running back spot."

In his first offensive outing, Moala's performance stunned his coaches.

"I had 14 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns. That was my first game I ever played running back."

During the off season, Moala was clocked a 4.5 forty by a personal trainer.

"My coaches said I have good explosion. The running back that was hurt was only going to be out for one game, but after they saw what I could do, I got the starting job. The other running back was mad about it, but what could I do?"

Now playing alongside Tuifua, Nampa's coaches had formed a new dynamic duo to shoulder their running game.

"In my third game as a running back, we played Bishop Kelly High School. I ran for 217 yards on 14 carries in that game. I scored four touchdowns and had a two point conversion in that game," Moala added.

Following his standout performance against Bishop Kelly High, Moala said "someone came in and said to me the news people wanted to interview me. I was surprised and a little nervous during the interview."

The Idaho Press Tribune had caught word and wind of Moala's rising success and watched his 217-yard running performance.

After only six games as a Nampa running back, Moala raked up nearly 1,000-yards.

"At our football banquet, I got a few awards for as a running back. I received the Offensive Player Of The Year Award voted by the coaches in our league, and I also got the Honorable Mention Running Back Award."

Asked for his college preferred list right now: Oregon, Boise State and BYU.

"I like Oregon State. My cousin Tevita Moala played there and I think they run the ball well. I like Boise State because they are a local team. I also like BYU because they are a good school. BYU is one of my favorites even though they didn't do well last year, but I think they will be good this year. Reno Mahe was my favorite player."

Moala's said he also plans to serve an LDS mission.

Meanwhile, Moala and his cousin Tuifua are also tearing it up as track and field standouts.

Recently, 32 Idaho schools participated in a track and field meet that the duo helped establish a new school record in the 4 x 100 relay.

"Elone and I run together on the 4 x 100 relay. We kind of messed up on the exchange but we still beat the school record. The old school record was a 43.5 and we ran it in 42 flat. If we didn't mess up, we would have beat the school record by a lot more."

"The coaches feel we can beat the state record this year. They said we haven't even reached our potential yet and are pretty confident we will do it," Moala added.

In an previous TBS "One To Watch" article, Tuifua was timed at 4.3 in the forty. During this recent track meet, Tuifua's speed was even more evident when he beat two former state champions in both the 100 and 200 meters.

"Elone is running really good right now. Right now he is just tearing it up. Yeah, I think He was clocked at around 10.8 in the 100 meters."

Notably, that compares well with BYU football speedsters who also run track. Cody Fonnesbeck reportedly ran 10.73 in the 100 meters and Nate Soelberg finished with a 10.87 at a meet at Arizona State University.

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