Who’s got the most BYU connections on LSU’s team? That’d be transfer D-lineman Breiden Fehoko
Greg Gilmore threatened Breiden Fehoko: turn over the enemy’s information or leave LSU.
Fehoko, a Texas Tech transfer who joined LSU in June, has more connections with BYU than any other player on the team.
The defensive lineman has deep roots in Provo, Utah, and he won’t get to play against a squad he knows so well. He must sit out this year in accordance with NCAA transfer policy.
That doesn’t diminish his connections ahead of Saturday’s season opener against the Cougars at the Superdome.
Fehoko’s oldest brother is on the support staff at BYU, and the Cougars’ head coach, Kalani Sitake, is a distant cousin, said Linda Fehoko, Breiden’s mother. Linda is a BYU graduate, and Breiden lived in Provo for several years of his childhood.
“I told him to call the coach and tell me all the plays right now,” said Gilmore, LSU’s senior nose tackle, “and if you don’t, you can’t play here.”
Gilmore was joking, of course, but Fehoko does has a half-dozen cousins on the team, Linda said, including the 6-foot-7, 410-pound defensive lineman, Motekiai Langi.
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Fehoko’s closest BYU connection is his older brother. Sam Fehoko, a former Texas Tech linebacker in 2007-2010, joined the Cougars’ support staff in the spring after serving as a graduate assistant for the Red Raiders.
His move from Texas Tech to BYU came about six weeks after Breiden announced he was transferring from the Red Raiders program. Many Cougars fans hoped to land Breiden because of the connection, and Sitake recruited him, according to outlets that cover the Cougars.
He ultimately picked Baton Rouge, and he’s already making an impact on LSU’s scout team. Coach Ed Orgeron said he’d be a member of the two-deep depth chart if her were eligible this season. Fehoko, playing end and nose tackle, has exceeded the coach’s expectations, and he’s been “destroying blocks” in practice, Orgeron said.
“He’s already good,” Gilmore said. “He’d developed, soaked in that technique.”
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