BYU football: Manumaleuna is looking to make new memories

by | Aug. 09, 2010

Saints & Sports

BYU's Eathyn Manumaleuna started every game at nose tackle as a true freshman.

But that was three years ago.

After a solid first season as a Cougar, Manumaleuna left for an LDS mission to Oklahoma City, Okla. He returned home in February, but Saturday marked his first official practice since coming back to BYU.

"The first day was pretty hard. I'm not quite in shape as I thought I would be," said the 6-foot-2, 280-pound sophomore. "I've got a long ways to go. In two years, I've forgotten a lot of the defense. It's like I'm a freshman all over again."

Manumaleuna certainly wasn't forgotten during his two-year absence from the program.

His final play as a freshman will live on forever in BYU football lore. He blocked UCLA's potential game-winning, 28-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl, preserving a dramatic 17-16 Cougar victory.

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