Puka Nacua
Wide Receiver 12
Ht/Wt
6'
2"
|
205 lbs.
Class
Junior
Hometown
Provo, 
Utah
Last School
Washington
Roster Years
2021-2022


Pronunciation: Poo-kuh Nah-koo-uh

BYU Highlights

Junior Year 2022

  • Named to Phil Steele All-Independent First Team
  • Named College Football Network Independent Wide Receiver of the Year
  • Named to College Football Network All-Independent First Team
  • Battled through injuries to lead BYU with 48 receptions for 625 yards and five touchdowns at 13 yards per grab and 69.4 yards per game. 
  • Also carried the ball 25 times for 209 yards and five touchdowns, compiling 834 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games played with seven starts
  • Career-high 14 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns in win over Boise State.
  • Tied Jay Miller, Phil Odle and Reno Mahe for third-most in school history in single-game receptions with 14 in win at Boise State.  
  • After waiting out a two-and-half hour delay due to lightning, Nacua began the season with a lightning strike of his own as he took a handoff 75 yards for a touchdown on the Cougars' first play from scrimmage in their 50-21 season-opening win at USF on Sept. 3.

Sophomore Year 2021

  • Led the Cougars in receiving yards on the season with 43 grabs for 805 yards and six touchdowns with an average of 18.7 yards per reception
  • Led the team in receiving yards per game with 67.1
  • Tied with Neil Pau'u for team lead in receiving touchdowns (6)
  • Four games with over 100 yards receiving
  • Phil Steele All-Independent First Team Offense
  • Pro Football Network Independent Newcomer of the Year
  • Pro Football Network Independent Wide Receiver of the Year
  • Pro Football Network First Team All-Independent Offense
  • See "Year" tab for further information

Personal

  • Major: Family Life 
  • Parents are Penina and the late Lionel Nacua
  • Younger brother of former BYU football players Isaiah, Kai, and Samson Nacua
  • Bowls about a 200 on average

Before BYU

  • Played at Washington in 2019, 2020
  • Totaled 11 games, 16 receptions, 319 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at Washington
  • Prepped at Orem HS
  • MaxPreps.com and USA Today first-team All-America in 2018
  • 2018 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year
  • USA Today's All-Utah Offensive Player of the Year
  • Named Utah's "Mr. Football" by the Deseret News
  • Broke Utah state records for career receptions (260), yards (5,226) and receiving touchdowns (58)
  • As a senior, caught 103 passes for 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns, setting single-season state records in all three categories
  • Scored a receiving touchdown in every game of his senior year
  • Led the Tigers to a 12-2 overall record and the 4A state championship as a senior in 2018
  • As a junior, caught 87 passes for 1,692 yards and 24 touchdowns, earning first-team 4A all-state from the Salt Lake Tribune
  • Helped the Tigers to a 12-2 record and the 4A state title as a junior
  • Also a standout on the Orem basketball team, earning coaches' second-team all-state as a junior

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year 2021

  • Played in 12 games, started last seven straight (beginning at Baylor).
  • Led the Cougars in receiving yards on the season with 43 grabs for 805 yards and six touchdowns with an average of 18.7 yards per reception. 
  • Led the team in receiving yards per game with 67.1.
  • Tied with Neil Pau'u for team lead in receiving touchdowns (6).
  • Finished the season as BYU's fourth-leading rusher with 14 carries for 148 yards (no yards lost) at 10.6 per carry.
  • Second on the team in all-purpose yardage with 953 on the season and 79.4 per game. 
  • Ten games with at least one reception, four with five or more.
  • Four games with over 100 yards receiving.
  • Phil Steele All-Independent First Team Offense
  • Pro Football Network Independent Newcomer of the Year
  • Pro Football Network Independent Wide Receiver of the Year
  • Pro Football Network First Team All-Independent Offense
  • Posted a collegiate career-best 168 yards receiving and a touchdown off five receptions versus Baylor. 
  • Recorded second-best receiving performance of his career with 107 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions in BYU's 66-49 win over Virginia.
    • Receiving yardage and touchdown totals versus Virginia matched that of brother, Samson's.
  • Led BYU in receiving yards with 120 off six receptions and a touchdown in 59-14 win over Idaho State.
Junior Year 2022

  • Named to Phil Steele All-Independent First Team
  • Named College Football Network Independent Wide Receiver of the Year
  • Named to College Football Network All-Independent First Team
  • Battled through injuries to lead BYU with 48 receptions for 625 yards and five touchdowns at 13 yards per grab and 69.4 yards per game. 
  • Also carried the ball 25 times for 209 yards and five touchdowns, compiling 834 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games played with seven starts
  • Career-high 14 grabs for 157 yards and two touchdowns in 31-28 win over Boise State. 
  • With 14 receptions against the Broncos, tied Jay Miller, Phil Odle and Reno Mahe for third-most all-time in a single game at BYU. 
  • Tied a career-best with two touchdown receptions in win over Broncos. 
  • Season-high 157 yards at Boise State (third 100-yard receiving game in the last four)
  • Helped BYU post 532 yards of offense against a Boise State team that entered the game ranked No. 2 nationally in total offense. 
  • Hauled-in third receiving touchdown of the season and third in as many games with 30-yard scoring grab vs. East Carolina.
  • Recorded second receiving touchdown of the season with 40-yarder against Liberty
  • Two 100-yard receiving games on the season (113 at Liberty, 141 vs. Arkansas), totaling six 100-yard games for his BYU career
  • Recorded his first 100-yard game of the season with eight receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown, along with 20 rushing yards and two touchdown carries to total 161 all-purpose yards in BYU's 52-35 loss vs. Arkansas
  • After waiting out a two-and-half hour delay due to lightning, Nacua began the season with a lightning strike of his own as he took a handoff 75 yards for a touchdown on the Cougars' first play from scrimmage in their 50-21 season-opening win at USF on Sept. 3.
  • Scored two rushing touchdowns on three carries and a career-high 76 rushing yards at USF on Sept. 3. 

 

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year



  • Puka Nacua catches deep pass vs. Baylor

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  • Puka Nacua breaks a tackle at Baylor

    Puka Nacua run at Baylor

  • BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua celebrates a first down in the Cougars 66-49 win over the Virginia Cavaliers.

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  • Puka Nacua hauls in TD vs. Idaho State

    Puka Nacua hauls in TD vs. Idaho State

  • Puka Nacua spins out of tackle at Georgia Southern

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  • Puka Nacua scores touchdown at USC

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  • Biletnikoff Award Watch LIst Puka Nacua

    Biletnikoff Award Watch LIst Puka Nacua

  • Puka Nacua hauls in catch during 2022 fall camp

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  • Nacua game-winning TD at BSU

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  • Puka vs. Stanford

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