Vakapuna is Ready & Running Thru Practice Defenses

Freshman fullback Taufui "Fui" Vakapuna is suited up and again running through defenses in practice, showing no signs of his injury that sidelined him for three weeks.

"It was the head of my fibula. The LCL, I sprained it when it stretched. I'm feeling fine," said Vakapuna. "There's no pain. I'm just ready to play now. I want to just go out and play. If I get a chance to score, I'll score. I feel good and I'm cutting good. I'm 100%. If there was any affect, I wouldn't think about it because that's how Tongans are. It's just a small thing."

During yesterday's practice, Vakapuna ran through an opening up the middle and to the outside for a sizable gain. There were no visible limps and no hobbled steps after coaches blew the whistle.

"Yeah If I get a chance to play, I'll play. If Fahu goes out, and if they need me to go in, then it's my chance to go help out."

Competitors on the field, Vakapuna and Tahi are former roommates and best friends off the field.

Meanwhile, Vakapuna is shaking of the cobwebs from the daily practice layoff.

"I was a little bit rusty on Monday, but now I'm good to go."

He said he felt helpless not being able to help his teammates on the field during recent losses. Regardless, he said the team is "fired up."

Vakapuna added Crowton and his coaches have the team motivated right now and they prepare for Wyoming.

"I'm excited for it," said Vakapuna. "There's a little slump (three straight home losses), but I know we will get into the games coming up. We were getting a little riled up between the defense and us today. Today we had a little scuffle, but that shows you a little sign about our team. Everybody's just waiting to get Wyoming."

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