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Key BYU RMs to Watch: Kesni Tausinga

30 July 2014 Brett Richins
BYU DL Kesni Tausinga drew rave reviews from coaches this spring. (BYU photo)

BYU DL Kesni Tausinga drew rave reviews from coaches this spring. (BYU photo)

No. 7–DL Kesni Tausinga

Tausinga (6-1, 300 Fr.) enters the BYU program after serving his mission to  Suva, Fiji.

He signed with the Cougars in 2011, then grayshirted that season before departing for the mission field.

Kesni returned in time to participate in spring practice this year and immediately turned the heads of coaches with his play.

He will begin fall camp as a member of the two-deep, as the back up to Graham Rowley at defensive end.

He provides Bronco Mendenhall with a different body type than Rowley to work with, being more of a space eater than Graham.

By bringing in Kesni and Travis Tuiloma at defensive end, to join Marcus Johnson in the middle, the Cougars can even employ a more traditional three-man defensive front in which every player can demand a double team.

Tausinga was a three-time, all-region player at Bingham High School as a football player, where he won two state championships with the Miners. He was also a three-time. All-American wrestler and won two state wrestling titles.

Bronco loves recruiting defensive linemen who are also accomplished wrestlers and Kesni certainly fits that bill. Given his early rise up the depth chart and the great first impression he made during spring camp, the future looks bright for this true freshman.

Learn more about Tausinga from our article on him when he signed with BYU in 2011.

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