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Key BYU RMs to Watch: Graham Rowley

30 July 2014 Brett Richins
BYU DE Graham Rowley started three games in 2011. (BYU photo)

BYU DE Graham Rowley started three games in 2011. (BYU photo)

No. 1–DE Graham Rowley

The return of Graham Rowley (6-4, 280 Jr.) from the mission field to Chicago allows BYU coaches to move Bronson Kausfusi (6-7, 263 Jr.) to outside linebacker for 2014.

Rowley played two seasons for the Cougars in 2010 and 2011 before choosing to serve a mission.

He was forced to burn his redshirt season when Romney Fuga was knocked out for the year against Nevada in 2010 and Manumaleuna was moved from defensive end to nose tackle. He ended up playing eight games that season as a back up.

As a sophomore, he played in all 13 games and saw valuable action at defensive end, even starting in three games. He finished that season with 16 tackles, three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and a pass break up.

Graham goes into fall camp this year as the undisputed starter at right defensive end, and depending on how much weight he has been able to gain after losing more than 20 pounds on his mission, he should be able to provide good run support as well as put pressure the quarterback.

His presence, combined with the length and speed of Kaufusi playing off the edge behind him, should create some real problems for opposing quarterbacks hoping to throw to that side of the field.

He came to BYU from Waialua High School Hawaii as the No. 11 offensive guard in the country, but was quickly assigned to the defensive side of the ball where he immediately showed real promise. The challenge for him now is to be the man to carry the load at defensive end for an entire season.

Returning Missionaries Joining the BYU Football Program in 2014

Player–Hometown/ High School (Position, Height/Weight)

Austin Heder–Pleasant Grove, Utah/Pleasant Grove H.S (LB, 6-1/241)

Va’a Niumatalolo–Annapolis, Md./Broadneck H.S. (LB, 6-1/227)

Phillip Amone–Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips H.S. (LB, 6-0/230)

Troy Hinds–Kaysville, Utah/Davis H.S. (LB, 6-5/240)

Adam Pulsipher–Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley H.S. (LB, 6-2/230)

Tanner Balderree–Sherwood, Ore./Sherwood H.S. (DL, 6-3/230)

Graham Rowley–Waialua, Hawaii/Waialua H.S. (DL, 6-4/280)

Kesni Tausinga–South Jordan, Utah/Bingham H.S. (DL, 6-1/300)

Travis Tuiloma–Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural H.S. (DL, 6-2/320)

Steven Richards–Sandy, Utah/Alta H.S. (DL, 6-4/240)

McCoy Hill–Sandy, Utah/Jordan H.S. (QB, 6-5/230)

Colby Jorgensen–Provo, Utah/Timpview H.S. (TE, 6-7/230)

Matt Sumsion–Springville, Utah/Springville H.S. (TE, 6-8/215)

Ului Lapuaho–West Valley, Utah/Hunter H.S. (OL, 6-7/320)

Manu Mulitalo–West Valley, Utah/Granger H.S. (OL, 6-2/340)

Brian Rawlinson–Oologah, Okla./Oologah H.S. (OL, 6-6/280)

Corey Edwards–Hurricane, Utah/Hurricane H.S. (K, 5-10/190)

*Corbin Kaufusi–Provo, Utah/Timpview H.S. (OL, 6-9/260)

*Harvey Langi–South Jordan, Utah/Bingham H.S. (RB 6-2,/210)

* Corbin Kaufusi will not play football in 2014 and will walk on to the basketball teams. Reports have Langi transferring from Utah to BYU.

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