The Cougar front seven will fact their toughest challenge all season long when they line up across from the Fighting Irish offensive line. Much like against Oregon State, BYU's down three will have a tough challenge putting pressure on the Notre Dame quarterbacks, but doing so will be vital to their success.
October 19, 2012
Tight end Devin Mahina has been out on the practice field running through player drills but not team scrimmages. Cougar defensive lineman Russell Tialavea is home and excited to get going, but he'll have to wait to practice due to an injury he suffered while serving out in the mission field. Both Mahina and Tialavea should be back in full action by fall camp.
March 7, 2012
BYU's defensive line got a shot in the arm with the news that nose tackle Russell Tialavea is going to serve his mission following this season. Tialavea will focus on becoming a force in the trenches along with two guys he feels will make a big difference in the middle of the defense, and all three of them have had a physical makeover to do just that.
August 13, 2009
A new and improved Russell Tialavea showed up to fall practice raring to go from day one. With Tialavea's improved play and attitude, the Cougar defensive front at the nose tackle position looks to be in the best shape it's been in since the position was instituted as part of the 3-4 defense three years ago.
August 11, 2008
Rated as one of the top D-linemen to come out of the state of California in 2004, Russell Tialavea was surrounded by high expectations when he arrived at BYU. After suffering through an injury, subsequent surgery, and a team disciplinary situation, Tialavea is showing why he should still be a Cougar.
August 8, 2006