Lopini Katoa
Running Back 4
210 lbs.
American Fork, 
Last School
American Fork High School
Roster Years

Pronunciation: Loh-Pee-nee Kah-TOH-uh


BYU Highlights

  • Named Second Team All-Independent his Junior year in 2020
  • In 2021, Katoa finished the season as BYU's third-leading rusher with 61 carries for 242 net yards and two touchdowns at four yards per tote
  • See "Year" tab for further information


  • Missionary Service: Served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Independence, Missouri (2015-17)
  • Parents are Angie and Sam Katoa
  • Married his wife Kayla in July of 2022
  • Has one brother and three sisters
  • Enjoys spending time with family

Before BYU

  • A 2014 all-state selection
  • Named Region 4 MVP
  • Helped American Fork to the state title game in 2014
  • Posted 284 carries, 1,653 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior at American Fork
  • Also had 44 receptions, 576 yards and five scores 
  • Was also recruited by Oregon State, Army and Utah State


BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2018

  • Played in 11 games, starting two
  • Led the team in rushing with 423 yards on 76 attempts and scoring (non-kicker) with eight touchdowns
  • Third on the team in all-purpose yards with 537 including his 423 rushing yards while also ranking fifth on the team in receiving with 114 yards
  • Tallied 38 rushing yards on eight attempts and two receptions for 11 yards in his first game at Arizona
  • Scored first two career rushing touchdown against McNeese State
  • Posted season-high and team-high seven receptions for 66 yards and a season-long reception of 27-yards against then No. 11 Washington
  • Caught a 5-yard pass for first receiving touchdown against Utah State
  • Posted season-high and team-high 155 rushing yards on 19 attempts while also earning a season-long and team-long rush of 50 yards against New Mexico State
  • Recorded a career-high and team-high four rushing touchdowns in a single game against New Mexico State
Sophmore Year 2019

  • Played in 12 games with four starts
  • Led BYU in rushing attempts with 85
  • Second in rushing yards with 358
  • Scored four rushing touchdowns
  • Also had 24 receptions for 288 yards and one touchdown
  • Led BYU in kick returns with eight returns for 207 yards, including a long of 48 yards
  • Tops among all players with 853 all-purpose yards
  • Season high of 12 carries against Boise State and Liberty
  • Posted a season-best 73 rushing yards at USF
  • Had four receptions, 129 receiving yards at Utah State, including a career-best 77-yard reception
  • 2019 preseason Doak Walker Award nominee
Junior Year 2021

  • One of 26 players on the team to play in all 13 games.
  • Finished the season as BYU's third-leading rusher with 61 carries for 242 net yards and two touchdowns at four yards per tote.
  • Led BYU in kickoff return average with 20 on four returns.
  • Season-high 33 rushing yards vs. Arizona and vs. No. 21 Utah.
  • Burst for a 30-yard gain that set up a touchdown in BYU's 35-27 win over South Florida.
  • Scored first rushing touchdown of the season in 21-19 win at Washington State.
  • Scored first receiving touchdown of the season in 59-14 win versus Idaho State.
Senior Year 2022

  • Ran for 55 yards on 10 carries and recorded two receptions for 21 yards, totaling 76 yard of offense in BYU's 50-21 win at USF on Sept. 3. 
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

  • A member of the scout team
  • Received Offensive Developmental Player of the Year at annual team banquet
Medical Redshirt Year

Junior 2020

  • Played in 11 games, starting four
  • Named Second Team All-Independent
  • Helped BYU offense rank No. 3 in scoring (43.5), No. 6 in total offense (522.2), and No. 8 passing offense (322.1)
  • Second on the team in rushing yards with 444 yards with a team-leading five rushing touchdowns
  • Fifth on the team in receiving yards with 292 on 23 attempts with three touchdowns
  • Tied for fourth on the team in touchdowns (non-kicker) with eight including one two-point conversation
  • Third on the team in total offense 444 yards
  • Had a season-high 90-yards on 14 attempts against San Diego State
  • Tallied two rushing touchdowns against Navy
  • Had a season-high four receptions for 90 yards against UCF
  • Lopini Katoa rushing TD at WSU

    Lopini Katoa rushing TD at WSU

  • Lopini Katoa Aug 23

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