PROVO — The Kaufusis keep popping up at BYU’s spring football camp.

Corbin Kaufusi is gone, but his brother Devin and cousins Isaiah and Jackson remain.

Isaiah Kaufusi was on his way to another outstanding performance, this one in Rice-Eccles Stadium against Utah last November, when he tore ligaments in his ankle, ending his sophomore season.

Now he’s among the walking wounded, a cadre of BYU players healing from surgeries and watching from the sidelines. That group includes starting quarterback Zach Wilson, tight end Matt Bushman and receiver Aleva Hifo.

This past year, Isaiah Kaufusi was BYU’s third-leading tackler behind Sione Takitaki and Corbin Kaufusi. That’s some lofty playmaking.

Isaiah is quick, smart, can move and jump. He has a nose for the ball and is now a veteran.

This spring won’t be without some big hits for Kaufusi, however. In two months his wife Breanna will deliver their first child, a son, and Isaiah can’t wait to add another to his three-bedroom condo in Vineyard and begin fatherhood.

Since his injury against Utah and corrective surgery, Kaufusi is working on strengthening his leg. “I’m taking it slow and really focusing on just getting better.” He’s been doing a little running in straight lines with very little cutting while he increases his strength and cardio.

At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Isaiah Kaufusi is part of BYU’s defensive effort to find playmakers to replace what Takitaki and Corbin Kaufusi brought. He can play two of the three linebacker positions and is a solid cover defender. He will be key in holding the edge in BYU’s alignments and his versatility makes him valuable.

From his perch on the sidelines, Isaiah likes what he’s witnessed so far in spring practice.

“I’m excited. We lost a lot of key players in Corbin and Sione, our leaders on the team, and I think a lot of guys have stepped up. I’m really excited about our talent. We’ve got positions filled and I know we have players who are elite.”

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

BYU linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi, left, brings down Utah wide receiver Jaylen Dixon at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.

Kaufusi believes his position coach, Ed Lamb, will use him like he did last season, in a myriad of positions in formations.

“I played outside linebacker on both sides and some Mike (middle linebacker), so hopefully I’m still able to be versatile and kind of play wherever …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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