Bronson Kaufusi: Young, But Talented

Football is back, and so are the Timpview Thunderbirds. Another season is upon us and to no one's surprise, the T-birds are loaded with talent again. In spite of the fact that Timpview lost the services of Houston Reynolds, Eathyn Manumaleuna, Famika Anae and others to graduation, Timpview comes into the season full of optimism, and for good reason.

Timpview comes into the 2007 high school football season with a lot of young talent. The T-birds have exceptional talent at the offensive tackle positions with Xavier Su'afilo and Tui Critchton. On the defensive side of the ball there are familiar names such as Kevin and Craig Bills, both future BYU Cougars. There is another name on defense that'll ring a bell for Cougar fans: Kaufusi. His full name is Bronson Kaufusi, and he's the son of current BYU assistant coach Steve Kaufusi.

Kaufusi is 6 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 210 pounds. He sees action on both sides of the ball, playing both tight end and defensive end. TBS caught up with this talented sophomore after he played the first varsity game of his high school career.

"Man, I was kind of nervous out there today, it was my first varsity game, but I had a lot of support from team," said Kaufusi. "I just came out and did my best today."

Although it was his first game, Kaufusi showed a lot of upside and a bright future. He was constantly in the Pleasant Grove backfield creating pressure. His size and speed is something that will be difficult for high school lineman to deal with for the next three seasons.

"I try and go off my speed and finesse," said Kaufusi. "My goals are to go out there this year and get some sacks, maybe one or two a game. As far as team goals, of course we want to go back and win that state championship."

Having a name like Kaufusi comes with expectations. Football is in Kaufusi's family's blood, and fans know that the Kaufusis can play some football. Kaufusi knows that there are a lot of eyes on him. What fans may not know is that he is also a standout basketball player.

"I've had a lot of family who've played football," said Kaufusi. "I just really love the sport. My dad supports me in whatever I do. He just told me, ‘You can play whatever sport you want, and I'll support you.' I play varsity AAU basketball too, but right now I just want to feel things out and see how things go. Nobody really knows about me yet, so I'm just trying to come out and make a name for myself."

Kaufusi states that while it's early, he definitely loves BYU, but he'll take a look at any schools that take a look at him. TBS will catch up with Bronson as his season and career progress.


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