So'oto Trains with NFL Legend

Cougar linebacker Vic So'oto expects to have a breakout year as a junior outside linebacker at BYU, and to ensure his junior season begins with a bang, he received training over the summer from someone football fans across America know very well.

Though he fulfilled a promise he made to his late uncle and former BYU offensive lineman Wally Molefua when he caught his first touchdown pass as a Cougar against UNLV last year, Vic So'oto saw the writing on the wall this year and made the switch to the defensive side of the ball. The big 6-foot-3-inch, 245-pounder with 4.52 forty speed made sure his switch would be accompanied with every advantage for future success.

"I worked out with Junior [Seau] over the summer and it was great thing for me," said So'oto of the former USC All-American, 1990 NFL first round draft pick and 12-time NFL Pro Bowl nominee. "Junior has a workout program which starts at 6:00 every morning. He takes a bunch of high school and college kids and runs them through a workout. I basically trained with him for a couple of days."

Seau is closely related to So'oto via his mother Sili So'oto's side of the family. Vic So'oto's grandmother and Seau's grandmother are sisters. Seau and his older brother Savaii have taken a personal interest in their family members' football careers and offered to help train So'oto over the summer.

"My little brother Wally has been training with Junior Seau all summer during the offseason," said So'oto. "Junior told my little brother to have me come down the next time I'm in town to go train with them, so when I came back home over the summer for a few days I went and trained with them."

Following his training sessions with Junior in Carlsbad, So'oto went down to San Diego to work out with Savaii, who has a similar program.

"It was kind of like doing three-a-days," said So'oto. "We worked on in the morning, ran, worked out in the afternoon, and then worked out again at night.

"We worked out really hard," he continued. "There wasn't much of a difference between working out with Junior and Savaii. They both work you really hard, and everything is about football and Heavenly Father. I was doing a lot of soul searching and a lot of linebacker searching."

Aside from the rigorous conditioning he endured along with agility drills both Junior and Savaii Seau put him through, So'oto also received training and insight on taking on fullbacks, counteracting blocks and hand techniques.

"I learned a lot over the summer and from spring camp," So'oto said. "I knew that in order to be the best I can be I had to go the extra mile to be a competitor in the Mountain West Conference and go BCS. I tried to gather the best guys around me to help me become the best I can. I did a lot of one-on-ones with my cousin Micah Seau, who is a sophomore at Bishop High School in San Diego. I also did a lot of one-on-ones with my uncle Savaii Seau as well.

"We worked on a lot of pass rushing and had bags out there. It's funny going full speed against a 40-year old man that is bigger than me. He's around 6'5", 260 pounds, and is fast, so it was good. I'm hoping the extra work in the summer and what I was able to learn from them and from Coach Lamb will help me going into my junior season."

The physical training So'oto received was valuable in his eyes. However, So'oto said he feels the greatest aspect of his training came from the mental side of the game.

"Oh yeah, it's helped me out a lot," he said. "It's helped to change my mindset, how I look at players and plays. It's been all for the best."

So by having a close relative like Vic So'oto playing outside linebacker for BYU- a program with the nation's longest winning streak, back-to-back undefeated conference seasons, a ranking in the top 25 and a chance to bust the BCS this year - was Junior Seau persuaded to become a BYU fan?

"Oh, I don't know if he is a BYU fan or not," said So'oto while laughing. "I hope he is a fan of me though."


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