A List of the 140+ Returned Missionaries Playing FBS College Football This Year


The players mentioned present a small sampling of more than 140 returned Latter-day Saint missionaries on Football Bowl Subdivision rosters for the 2018 season.

Brigham Young University's football team boasts the most returned missionaries with 73. Utah State comes next with 25 and the University of Utah third with 21. Stanford follows with six while Boise State and Hawaii each have four. Air Force and Wyoming have two each and Michigan State, Navy, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Jose State, TCU, and UNLV each have one.

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The following list is not all-inclusive. If you are aware of a returned missionary not listed, send and email to with the player's name, team and where he served his mission.

Air Force (2)

Christian Frost: Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Sr., OL. Served in Nagoya, Japan.

Garrett Watts: Chesapeake, Virginia, Jr., OL. Served in Chile.

Boise State (4)

Sonatane Lui: Sandy, Jr., NT. Served in Los Angeles.

Durrant Miles: South Jordan, Sr., DE. Served in Bolivia.


Boise State defensive end Durrant Miles (91) takes his position before a play in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Kekoa Nawahine: Meridian, Idaho, Jr., S. Served in Calgary, Canada.

Riley Whimpey: San Clemente, California, So., LB. Served in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

BYU (73)

Rhett Almond: Valencia, California, Sr., P/K. Served in Salta, Argentina.

Ethan Atagi: Ogden, Fr., OL. Served in San Antonio.

Clark Barrington: Spokane, Washington, Fr., OL. Served in Kampala, Uganda.

Matt Bushman: Tucson, Arizona, So., TE. Served in Santiago, Chile.

Austin Chambers: Shawnee Mission, Kansas, So., DL. Served in Las Vegas.

Brady Christensen: Bountiful, Fr., OL. Served in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Dylan Collie: El Dorado Hills, California, Sr., WR. Served in Richmond, Virginia.

Matthew Criddle: Highland, Fr., DB. Served in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Joe Critchlow: Franklin, Tennessee, So., QB. Served in Montreal, Canada.

Zac Dawe: Pleasant Grove, So., DL. Served in Houston.

Bracken El-Bakri: Cottonwood Heights, So., DL. Served in Dallas.


Brigham Young Cougars running back Brayden El-Bakri (35) celebrates a Brigham Young Cougars running back Squally Canada (22) touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Brayden El-Bakri: Salt Lake City, Sr., RB. Served in Montevideo, Uruguay.

James Empey: American Fork, Fr., OL. Served in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sione Finau: Kearns, Fr., RB. Served in San Jose, California.

Christian Folau: Salt Lake City, Fr., LB. Served in San Jose, California.

Kavika Fonua: Syracuse, Utah, Jr., RB. Served in Vancouver, Washington.

Gavin Fowler: Kaysville, Sr., DB. Served in Long Beach, California.

JT Gentry: Littleton, Colorado, Fr., OL. Served in Budapest, Hungary.

Hayden Griffitts: Windermere, Florida, So., QB. Served in Kobe, Japan.

Kyle Griffitts: Windermere, Florida, So., RB. Served in Argentina.

Matt Hadley: Connell, Washington, Sr., RB/LB. Served in Salvado, Brazil.

Jaren Hall: Spanish Fork, Fr., QB. Served in Roseville, California.

Koy Harris: Henderson, Nevada, Fr., WR. Served in Barcelona, Spain.

Mitch Harris: Gilbert, Arizona, Jr., LS. Served in Guatemala.

Nate Heaps: American Fork, Fr., TE. Served in Santiago, Chile.

Chandon Herring: Gilbert, Arizona, So., OL. Served in Washington D.C.

Austin Hoyt: Ione, California, Sr., OL. Served in Denver.

Tanner Jacobson: Southlake, Texas, Sr., DB. Served in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Drew Jensen: Salt Lake City, Fr., DB. Served in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jared Kapisi: Pukalani, Hawaii, So., DB. Served in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lopini Katoa: American Fork, Fr., RB. Served in Independence, Missouri.

Corbin Kaufusi: Provo, Sr., DL. Served in South Korea.


Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi (90) eyes Hawaii Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald (13) as BYU and Hawaii play at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

Devin Kaufusi: Provo, Fr., DL. Served in Alpine, Germany.

Isaiah Kaufusi: Cottonwood Heights, So., LB. Served in Tonga.

Jackson Kaufusi: Cottonwood Heights, Fr., LB. Served in Australia.

Harris LaChance: Herriman, Fr., OL. Served in Nashville, Tennessee.

Motekiai Langi: Matangiake, Tonga, Fr., DL. Served in Phoenix.

Ului Lapuaho: West Valley City, OL. Served in Australia.

Hirkley Latu: Kahuku, Hawaii, Fr., LB. Served in Atlanta.

Moroni Laulu-Pututau: Hyrum, Utah, Jr., TE. Served in Chile.

Austin Lee: Draper, Jr., DB. Served in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Sam Lee: Escondido, California, Fr., LB. Served in Philadelphia.

Uriah Leiataua: Compton, California, So., DL. Served in Apia, Samoa.

Tanner Leishman: Las Vegas, Fr., TE. Served in Washington D.C.

AJ Lolohea: Glendale, Utah, Fr., LB. Served in Tonga.

Kieffer Longson: San Ramon, California, So., OL. Served in Toronto.

Inoke Lotulelei: Midvale, Jr., WR. Served in Mexico.

Atunaisa Mahe: West Jordan, Fr., DL. Served in Tonga.

Tanner Mangum: Eagle, Idaho, Sr., QB. Served in Chile.

Austin McChesney: Highland, So., DB. Served in San Diego.

Darius McFarland: Brigham City, Utah, Fr., DL. Served in Washington D.C.

Andrew Mikkelsen: Canby, Oregon, Sr., K. Served in Apia, Samoa.

Butch Pau'u: Anaheim, California, Sr., LB. Served in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Butch Pau'u (38) watches the clock in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. BYU lost 31-28. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Neil Pau'u: Santa Ana, California, So., WR. Served in Salt Lake City.

Trajan Pili: Las Vegas, Jr., DL. Served in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sawyer Powell: West Richland, Washington, Sr., DB. Served in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Riggs Powell: Aptos, California, Sr., LB. Served in Lyon, France.

Mitchell Price: Pleasant Grove, So., DB. Served in Billings, Montana.

Adam Pulsipher: Temecula, California, Sr., LB. Served in Chile.

Addison Pulsipher: Temecula, California, Jr., TE. Served in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Baylor Romney: El Paso, Texas, Fr., QB. Served in Carlsbad, California.

Nate Sampson: Pleasant Grove, Sr., LB. Served in Roseville, California.

Rhett Sandlin: Draper, Sr., LB. Served in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thomas Shoaf: Columbus, Indiana, Jr., OL. Served in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Talon Shumway: South Jordan, Jr., WR. Served in McAllen, Texas.


Brigham Young Cougars wide receiver Talon Shumway breaks a tackle by Northern Illinois Huskies safety Adam Buirge and runs the ball during NCAA football in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Skyler Southam: Heber City, Utah, Fr., K. Served in Santiago, Chile.

Merrill Taliauli: Salt Lake City, Sr., DL. Served in Federal Way, Washington.

Johnny Tapusoa: Laie, Hawaii, Jr., RB. Served in Apia, Samoa.

Khyiris Tonga: West Valley, Utah, So., DL. Served in Wichita, Kansas.

Max Tooley: Bountiful, Fr., LB. Served in London, England.

Earl Tuioti-Mariner: Topeka, Kansas, Fr., DL. Served in Cape Town, South Africa.

Hank Tuipulotu: Fort Mill, South Carolina, Fr., TE. Served in Manchester, England.

Austin Whetzel: Lehi, Utah, So., WR. Served in Detroit.

Hawaii (4)

Kamuela Borden: Pearl City, Hawaii, Fr., OL. Served in Oregon.

Noah Borden: Pearl City, Hawaii, Sr., LB/LS. Served in Las Vegas.

Hekili Keliiliki: Bentonville, Arkansas, Fr., RB. Served in Brisbane, Australia.

John Ursua: Laie, Hawaii, Jr., WR. Served in Paris.


Hawaii wide receiver John Ursua (5) attempts to place the ball on the goal line as he is tackled by Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard (28) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Laramie, Wyo., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Shannon Broderick)

Michigan State (1)

Mufi Hill-Hunt: Sandy, So., DE. Served in Virginia.

Navy (1)

Pepe Tanuvasa: Tigard, Oregon, So., LB. Served in Tampa, Florida.

New Mexico (1)

Kyle Stapley: Morgan, So., OL. Served in Iowa and Missouri.

Oregon State (1)

Gus Lavaka: Kearns, Jr., OL. Served in Tonga.

San Jose State (1)

Deano Motes: Chandler, Arizona, So., OL. Served in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stanford (6)

Sean Barton: North Salt Lake, Sr., LB. Served in Benin and Togo, West Africa.

Stanford linebacker Sean Barton (27) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Stanford defeated Arizona 34-10. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Brandon Fanaika: Pleasant Grove, Sr., OL. Served in Florida.

Simi Fehoko: Sandy, Fr., WR. Served in South Korea.

Houston Heimuli: Wood Cross, So., FB. Served in Indianapolis.

Tangaloa Kaufusi: Salt Lake City, Fr., OLB. Served in Taiwan.

Gabe Reid: American Fork, So., LB. Served in American Samoa.


Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) avoids the rush of Stanford Cardinal linebacker Gabe Reid (90) before heaving the ball downfield for teammate Utah Utes wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) as Utah and Stanford play a football game in Palo Alto California on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News) Utah Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) avoids the rush of Stanford Cardinal linebacker Gabe Reid (90) before heaving the ball downfield for teammate Utah Utes wide receiver Samson Nacua (45) as Utah and Stanford play a football game in Palo Alto California on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

TCU (1)

Ezra Tu’ua: Anchorage, Alaska, Sr., DT. Served in Lansing, Michigan.

UNLV (1)

Hayes Hicken: Salt Lake City, Jr., K. Served in Tampico, Mexico.

Utah (21)

Anthony Armstrong: Draper, Sr., DB. Served in South Africa.

Britain Covey: Provo, So., WR. Served in Chile.


Utah Utes wide receiver Britain Covey runs for a touchdown against the USC Trojans during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Quinn Fabrizio: Sandy, Fr., LB., Served in Minnesota.

Cole Fotheringham: San Clemente, California, Fr., TE. Served in Nicaragua.

Matt Gay: Orem, Sr., K. Served in Houston.

Connor Haller: Salt Lake City, So., TE. Served in Scotland and Ireland.

Chase Hansen: Highland, Sr., DB. Served in Brisbane, Australia.


Utah linebackers Chase Hansen (22) and Cody Barton (30) look toward the Utes sideline for the play call against USC at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (Holli Joyce, KSL)

Zach Hansen: Springville, Fr., TE. Served in Barcelona, Spain.

Nick Heninger: South Jordan, So., DE. Served in Baguio, Philippines.

RJ Hubert: Logandale, Nevada, Fr., DB. Served in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jake Jackson: Encinitas, California, Jr., TE. Served in San Antonio.

Chayden Johnston: South Jordan, So., K. Served in Minneapolis.

Simi Moala: Hawthorne, California, Fr., OL. Served in Tonga.

Ali'i Niumatalolo: Annapolis, Maryland, So., LB. Served in Chile.

Fua Pututau: Salt Lake City, Fr., DL. Served in Honduras.

Hauati Pututau: Salt Lake City, So., DT. Served in Orlando, Florida.

Dylan Slavens: Springville, Fr., WR. Served in Argentina.

Mika Tafua: Laie, Hawaii, Fr., DE. Served in Tacoma, Washington.

Paul Toala: Burien, Washington, Jr., OL. Served in Mexico.

Pita Tonga: Taylorsville, So., DT. Served in Lima, Peru.

Stratten Wagner: Lindon, Utah, So., OL. Served in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mason Woodward: West Point, Utah, Jr., RB. Served in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Utah State (25)

Caden Anderson: Logan, So., DE. Served in Detroit.

Roman Andrus: El Dorado Hills, California, Sr., OL. Served in Monterrey, Mexico.

Taylor Compton: Logan, So., WR. Served in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Preston Curtis: Salt Lake City, So., WR. Served in Rancagua, Chile.

Ritisoni Fata: Redlands, California, So., DE. Served in Texas.

Sione Fehoko: Salt Lake City, Fr., RB. Served in Los Angeles.

Quin Ficklin: Mesa, Arizona, Sr., OL. Served in New York City.


Utah State center Quin Ficklin prepares to take the field against New Mexico State last Saturday night at Maverik Stadium. (Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations)

Baron Gajkowski: Alpine, So., S. Served in South Carolina.

Braden Harris: Gunnison, Utah, Jr., LB. Served in Tonga.

Jordan Hayes: Bountiful, So., S. Served in Samoa.

Moroni Iniguez: Kaysville, Jr., OL. Served in Madrid.

Daniel Langi: South Jordan, Fr., LB. Served in Guatemala.

Ofa Latu: Provo, Sr., LB. Served in Indianapolis.

Logan Lee: Rexburg, Idaho, So., DE. Served in McAllen, Texas.

Wade Meacham: Layton, Fr., OL. Served in Singapore.

Connor Meyers: McLean, Virginia, So., OL. Served in Anaheim, California.

Bryce Mortenson: Smithfield, Utah, Fr. TE. Served in Lima, Peru.

Chase Nelson: Logan, So., S. Served in Manchester, England.

DJ Nelson: Logan, Sr., QB. Served in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Utah State senior wide receiver DJ Nelson warms up prior to the Aggies' game at Wyoming on Oct. 20, 2018, in Laramie, Wyo. (Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations)

Chance Parker: Kaysville, Jr., S. Served in Philadelphia.

Dax Raymond: Provo, Jr., TE. Served in Russia.

Keith Tambe: Cedar Park, Texas, So., DE. Served in Jackson, Mississippi.

Mohelika Uasike: Euless, Texas, Jr., DL. Served in Riverside, California.

KJ Uluave: Laie, Hawaii, Sr., OL. Served in Salt Lake City.

Jacoby Wildman: Logan, Jr., DE. Served in Houston.

West Virginia (1)

Michael Brown: Compton, California, Jr., OL. Served in the Philippines.

Wyoming (2)

Theo Dawson: Jackson, Wyoming, Fr., RB. Served in Concepcion, Chile.

Pahl Schwab: Afton, Wyoming, Jr., OT. Served in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona. 


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