FILE: BYU head coach Kalani Sitake gets doused by Cougars offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf (59) during the BYU-Michigan State game in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. BYU won 31-14. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Four seniors, including offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf, won’t be able to play significantly against Idaho State on Saturday in the Cougars’ home finale, but helped develop the culture that turned the season around, says coach Kalani Sitake
PROVO — Not all of the 19 seniors who will be honored Saturday prior to BYU’s home finale against Idaho State will actually play in the game, unless it becomes a blowout, as expected, and they are inserted late for ceremonial purposes if they choose to suit up one last time.
Much has already been made of the fact that stars such as Aleva Hifo, Micah Simon, Dayan Ghanwoloku, Moroni Laulu-Pututau and Austin Lee and solid contributors such as JJ Nwigwe, Sam Baldwin, Trajan Pili, Sawyer Powell, Batchlor Johnson IV, Austin Kafentzis, Talon Shumway, Emmanuel Esukpa, Mitch Harris and Beau Tanner will play for the last time at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
But a handful of players whose careers were cut short due to injuries deserve to be celebrated as well, coach Kalani Sitake said Monday. That list includes offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf, defensive lineman Addison Pulsipher, running back Ty’Son Williams and quarterback/running back Beau Hoge.
“Honestly, I would do it all again for my guys on the offensive line. That’s what it is all about, being there for your teammates, doing everything you can to help them succeed.” — BYU offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf
“All the seniors have done some really good things for us,” Sitake said. “It has been a lot of fun. It went by really quickly and I know they have put a lot of hard work into establishing the team that we are right now. We look forward to seeing what they do in the future with their hard work and sacrifice.”
Shoaf, Pulsipher and Williams were injured earlier this season, while Hoge was sidelined the entire year.
“We are really appreciative for all the seniors, and what they’ve done,” said defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki. “A lot of them got banged up, but still did all they could to give us the chance to win.”
Shoaf, a former freshman All-American from Columbus, Indiana, fits that description. He arrived in …read more
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