What must it feel like to be tackled by a 410-plus pound defensive lineman? BYU running backs are learning quickly.
As you can see above, Motekiai Langi, the Cougars' massive 2015 signee who is joining the program this season after performing mission work in Phoenix, Ariz., made a stop with only one arm during BYU fall camp in a clip posted Monday night by the school's video production team.
Word that Langi had made his way back to BYU's football program surfaced in May, but at that time, it was unclear whether Langi would get his first shot on offense or defense. He's now listed as a defensive lineman on BYU's official roster, however, and he's still listed at 410 pounds, the same size the Tonga native was upon signing with the Cougars in 2015.
Based on the noisy reaction to his tackle in the video, it would appear teammates believe he's found his positional home. It's far from clear whether Langi will make an impact in the BYU lineup this fall, but coach Kalani Sitake has been pleased with the progress he's seen from him.
"Mo Langi gets better with every day and every practice," Sitake said Monday, per the Deseret News. "We're hitting the weight room hard, so I think he's getting some confidence with his technique and we'll see what happens."
If he does crack the starting lineup, it won't take long for him to be tested. BYU faces LSU on Sept. 2 in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston.