Class of 2005 to Grow by One?

A Salt Lake City prospect has overcome a major obstacle in his quest to play for the Cougars this the fall. With one more challenge still to go, this young athlete is feeling much more optimistic about his chances of donning BYU blue.

Lolo Tenifa is a 6-0, 190 defensive back prospect from Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah who is very familiar with Cougar football under Coach Bronco Mendenhall. Tenifa learned about the BYU program practice by attending spring football practices in March and April. Now, as he nears graduation, Tenifa received some great academic news that has athletic implications.

"I passed my ACT test!" Tenifa exclaimed. "I'm so happy because I worked so hard to pass it. The results came in today and I passed. I'm just so thankful that all my hard work paid off."

Tenifa scored an 18 which will couple with his 3.3 grade point average to put him over the hump with regards to qualifying for acceptance at BYU.

"I've been in constant contact with all of the BYU coaches," said Tenifa. "I talked to just about all of them on Monday as they've been very interested to see if I qualified. They've indicated that they may offer me a scholarship, so now I'll just wait while my scores go through the NCAA clearinghouse and go from there."

Tenifa believes that he will know in about a week whether or not he will be cleared to enroll, but he does not see it as a problem and neither do the BYU coaches according to Tenifa. "They're happy for me," said Tenifa. "They've been talking to me a lot and I've been going down there to watch them practice. Hopefully I'll get my chance."

Tenifa is impressed with Coach Mendenhall's new practice regimen as well as with the overall direction of the program. "He's my kind of coach," said Tenifa, "really intense and hard-working. I'd love to play in his system at safety or at cornerback and it now looks as if I'll get that chance."

Tenifa first garnered BYU's attention by running a 4.50 forty at their camp last summer. "I think I can even run it faster now," said Tenifa. "Hopefully I can get cleared and start working out with the team this summer. I'm just so excited to have finally passed the ACT so I can be eligible to play."

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