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Key BYU RMs to Watch: Ului Lapuaho

30 July 2014 Brett Richins
Ului Lapuaho on national signing day in 2011. (DSB photo)

BYU OT Ului Lapuaho on national signing day in 2011. (DSB photo)

No. 3–OT Ului Lapuaho

He’s big. He’s athletic. And he’s just what the doctor ordered for a BYU offensive line that has struggled the past few years.

Though he’s a true freshman, expect offensive tackle Ului Lapuaho (6-7, 320 Fr.) to make a big impact this coming season.

He’s listed as the back up to De’Ondre Wesley (6-7, 330 Sr.) going into fall camp, but don’t be surprised if he works his way into the starting line up on either the left or right side before the season is over.

During national signing day this February, Bronco Mendenhall praised Lapuaho, calling him a potential future All-Pro NFL player.

“If we didn’t have a signing class, and it was just Ului coming home–I like him a lot,” Bronco told BYUtv.

He’s a bit older than most true freshman, even at a place like BYU that has so many returned missionaries on the offense, so he should be able to handle the pressure of the expectations that have already been placed on him by his head coach.

Ului actually signed with BYU in 2011 and grayshirted that season before departing on his mission to Sydney, Australia.

The fact that he played both football and basketball at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah speaks to his athleticism.  And the fact that he is the son of former BYU offensive lineman Rob Lapuaho lets you know that he comes to BYU already knowing how to play the game.

One of the primary keys for the Cougars to take the next step on offense is to get better performance from the big guys up front, and Lapuaho appears to the cornerstone upon which that foundation will be built in the future.

Learn more about Ului from our article on him in 2011.

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