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

  • 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

  • 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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