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BYU WR Moroni Laulu-Pututau is excited to play Utah State in his hometown but also for his future at BYU

While 6-4, 190-pound Moroni Laulu-Pututau was catching passes at Mountain Crest High School, it was easy to see that one day this big, athletic prospect would one day be a star at the collegiate level. During the Fresno State game, BYU fans caught a taste of what BYU coaches saw years ago and were excited for.

In one game Moroni Laulu-Pututau did something Devon Blackmon has yet to do in two years at BYU. That is, score a touchdown despite Blackmon racking up a total of 537 yards on the season so far. During the Fresno State game on senior day, Laulu-Pututau score his first college touchdown as a BYU Cougar.

“Yeah it was a blast getting the play and it’s been a while,” Laulu-Pututau said. “It’s been like three years since I’ve been able play like that since high school, so it’s just fun getting back on the field.”

Early on during fall camp, senior quarterback Taysom Hill acknowledged the rapid rise of Laulu-Pututau who quickly shook off the missionary rust from his legs. Although his production during practice was quickly noted, Laulu-Pututau has had to bide his time, which has been trying for the true freshman.

“It’s been up and down. I guess I’m just feeling my role on the team,” Laulu-Pututau said. “I knew coming in that there was a really good senior class and a lot of older guys that were better with a lot more experience coming in. I mean, just coming out every day and giving it my all. I’m just keeping a good attitude about everything, and then when the time came like last Saturday I was ready.”

Initially an outside receiver playing at the x or z-receiver positions, Laulu-Pututau was moved to the y-receiver spot in place of an injured Terenn Houk, who was still recovering from a concussion. He is still taking reps on the outside but is now getting experience on the inside due to depth issues.

“I think with the injury with Terenn, he had that concussion he was under, they needed another y or flex [receiver], so they moved me in and then he ended up getting better,” Laulu-Pututau said. “They put a couple of plays in for me that I could play inside. It was just a good opportunity that I got to play inside.

“It’s different [playing inside] and its two different worlds I realized. I like it because you can be more physical. You can bang with people more than you can on the outside. I like it for that reason.”

This week the Cougars of BYU will head up to Logan to finish the regular season against the Aggies of Utah State. Going up to beat the local college team gives Laulu-Pututau mixed feelings, but it’s something he’s more than willing to do to get that ninth win for BYU.

“I have mix feelings and I’m not trying to think too much about it,” Laulu-Pututau said. “It will be fun playing in my home town. That’s where I grew up, so everything will be familiar and it won’t be an away game for me I can tell you that much.”

Although Utah State is his hometown college, Laulu-Pututau never really thought about going anywhere else but BYU. The Cougar coaching staff offered him early, and once that occurred he knew he was going to be a Cougar.

“Not really,” Laulu-Pututau said. “I think just because BYU came out faster and offered me and was really loyal to me. They were the only real school that pushed hard for me. After they offered me I never really thought of going anywhere else just because I’ve always wanted to come here.”


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