BYU's Iron Man Heeds Call

Isley Filiaga is leaving BYU. . .but only for two years. Filiaga recently received his LDS mission call. The Samoan defensive tackle will be hearkening back to his roots despite the fact that he will not even leave the country.

Utah's top 2004 defensive tackle and arguably the counties strongest prep player has received his call to serve as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints.

BYU defensive tackle Isley Filiaga will be changing his jersey and pads for the all too familiar suit and tie, and instead of beating down opponents on the football field, Filiaga will be beating on the doors of potential converts as an Elder in the San Francisco, California Mission.

Filiaga, whose family is from Auto, Samoa, will be entering the Missionary Training Center on March 16th where he will spend two months learning the Samoan language prior to his departure to San Francisco.

As a true freshman that broke Utah‘s bench pressing record three times and currently holds the Utah record at around 450 pounds while a senior in high school, Filiaga was a force to reckoned with on BYU's scout team this past season constantly receiving double teams, and constantly applied defensive pressure to BYU quarterbacks as he worked to prepare teams for.

Former BYU head coach, Gary Crowton, told TBS in a prior interview that Filiaga was one the 2004 freshmen that showed promise as a future prospect for BYU's defense.

When asked who he was excited about down the line, Crowton said: "I'm not quite sure who is going to go on a mission, but Isley Filiaga defensively. He might go on a mission first but he's going to be an impact player for us at some point."

TBS wishes to extend our congratulations to Isley Filiaga and his family on the receipt of his mission call in what will be another exciting time for a young man who has already been through so much. Filiaga will join two Cougar teammates, tight end Dennis Pitta who will be entering the mission field in January 2005, and Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Austin Collie who will be entering the MTC on January 26, 2005 to serve in the Buenos Aires, Argentina Mission.

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