Bristol Olomua Switched to Tight End

<B>Bristol Olomua</b> was a high school wide receiver sensation from Arizona who was a second team selection on the Arizona Republic's All-Century Team and was an All-Arizona first teamer in 1998.

Even with limited repetitions as a true freshman, he showed flashes of brilliance that whetted the appetite of coaches and Cougar fans alike. After returning from an LDS mission, BYU head coach Gary Crowton decided to keep him at wide receiver to capitalize on Olomua's 6-5 height and play making abilities.

But Olomua's Polynesian frame made it difficult for him to maintain his weight in the 220 to 230-pound range. It was a matter he initially discussed this summer with his father and mentor, Pita.

"I went to Hawaii for a couple of weeks then back to Arizona for a couple of weeks. I told my dad I really want to play tight end, Olomua said.

"He (father) asked me whether the coaches would like it. I was only at around 225-230. My dad said the only way (BYU) coaches would switch me to tight end was by gaining weight."

During the off-season, under the guidance of his father, also a weight room addict, Olomua worked out. Rather than try to keep weight off to play the wide receiver position at 225-pounds, his body grew into its natural size and weight. "I gained 25 pounds in the off season, so I'm a tight end right now."

Because of the added muscle weight, BYU coaches switched Olomua to tight end position, but he has maintained his speed. "I'm 6-5½ and 250 pounds now with a high 4.6 40, which is not too bad. Gotta maintain it."

His teammate, Daniel Coats, who are also converted from receiver to TE, has bulked up to 245 and may be a starter this fall as a redshirt freshman.

With the addition of Olomua to an already talented tight end group, BYU has perhaps one of the best, albeit young, TE units in the MWC.

Olomua spoke about the encouragement he received from Coats after making the switch to tight end.

"Coats is very confident in me, but he said I'm not going to be able to play unless I know the plays. I have to prove myself with the books."

Now Olomua is focused on fully understanding the position, but noted one main difference already. "…Mainly blocking. I'm pretty confident. I've just got to learn the plays and develop my blocking. I think I'll be in the rotation."

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