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BYU’s Massive Nose Tackle Is As Good & As Big As Advertised

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A behemoth of a man, expect a lot of teams to try and run away from Motekiai Langi when they play BYU.

Whether it is a designed run or not, count on the running back to steer clear of the 6-foot-7, 410-pound mountain of a player. Two years after signing a letter of intent to attend BYU, “Mo” is finally in camp and making his presence known.

BYU posted a video of their defensive force in action on Monday.

Even when he is standing around other defensive lineman, Langi towers above everyone in height and width.

How much of the athletic department budget do you think goes to keeping Motekiai well fed?

There is a lot more to Langi than his size, though. Prior to attending BYU, he’d never played a snap of organized football.

A native of Tonga, Langi was spotted while playing pickup basketball while staff member Steve Kaufusi was on a recruiting trip. Following a visit to the United States, coach Bronco Mendenhall offered him a full ride, and the rest is history.

Well, it’s history in the making.

Langi appears to be very light on his feet and is able to change direction quickly. And while he is still learning the finer aspects of the game, you can’t teach size. Coaches love how hard-working and coachable he is, and with that kind of size and four years of Division I coaching, he might make himself a first-round NFL selection by the time he’s done at BYU.

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