Exercise and wellness.
Where did your name come from?
It means prosperous. I was born three months early so they weren’t sure if I was going to live and they gave me a name that fit the situation.
Three things you do in the offseason?
Work out, spend time with wife and do fun things in the valley.
Lay on floor with my feet up on my locker and listen to music for about half an hour. Then 10-15 minutes before we go out I get up and start moving around.
Favorite football memory?
The Nebraska game last year. I’ve never been a part of a Hail Mary play so it was pretty cool to be part of it.
Most embarrassing song on iPod?
Probably a Miley Cyrus song, but I only have one.
One thing people don’t know about you?
I use to play the trumpet from 7th grade to 9th grade in our junior high band.
Besides football, I’ve always liked the idea of coaching but I’ve always wanted to do physical therapy and work with people.
Favorite thing about BYU?
The experience here, and not just from football. I think I’ve grown more from the stuff outside of football, but I’ve learned a lot of life lessons through football too.
Why did you want to come to BYU?
I always wanted to come to BYU. I have a lot of family members that played at BYU so it’s always been a dream to come play here. It feels great to finally be here and knowing that all of the hard work paid off.
What is one thing you’re looking forward to besides football?
Creating a network. You can find a lot of connections here and I’m excited to see what I can do with that and through school.
Who is your role model?
My dad. I look up to him because he’s such a positive guy. He’s really humble and I always wanted to be like him. Just seeing how he was able to take care of our family has made me always want to be able to do that as well.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would go back home to Laie, I love that place so much. If I could go anywhere I would go there right now just to be with my friends and family, you know, that’s paradise for me.
Favorite things about home?
I love going to the beach. I love the food. I like chicken katsu or kalbi ribs.
Favorite football memory?
I have a lot. One of them was in the high school football game. It was a punt and the guy was running around to catch it and it was coming down and I was on the return team. As our teammate was running I was coming around for the crack back block and there was this big offensive lineman and I was getting ready to lay this guy out. So he was coming and right when he came I put my head right in his chest and right when I hit him, my body just buckled. He just ran me over, ran right through me. Right when I buckled I looked to the sideline and all my friends were laughing and cracking up. That was probably one of the funniest moments of my life, especially in football.
When you’re not playing football what do you do?
I’m hanging out with my wife. I just got married (over the summer). We were high school sweethearts so we’ve been hanging out for a while. I went on my mission and she graduated from BYU and now as I’m starting my freshman football season, she’s in law school here. She danced for Living Legends and they had a tour in New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa. So I flew all the way down there and surprised her in Samoa and then I just proposed to her in one of the villages just at a hotel resort. That’s where I served my mission too, so it was really special to me.