BYU Football Senior Class Capsules

November 17, 2018 GMT

Rhett Almond

6-4, 200, P/K

Valencia, Calif.

Served a mission to Salta, Argentina. … Made 30 field goals in 40 attempts in 2016 and 2017. … This season had 35 punts for 42.46 average with 10 inside the 20-yard line, seven of more than 50 yards and 12 fair catches with only one touchback.

Joshua Buhler

6-1 205 DB


Walk-on from Snow College. … Played high school ball at Springville.

Squally Canada

5-11 210 RB

Milpitas, Calif.

Former Washington State transfer has 1,407 yards rushing on 281 attempts (5.01 per carry) with 13 touchdowns. … Best game was a 213-yard performance against UNLV in 2017.


Dylan Collie

5-10 180 WR

El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Served mission to Richmond, Virginia. … Graduate transfer from Hawaii. … The fourth Collie to play football at BYU. … Married to Savannah. … At Hawaii had 118 receptions for 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns. … This season has 14 catches for 119 yards and one touchdown.

Brayden El-Bakri

6-0 245 FB

Salt Lake City

Served mission to Monevideo West, Uruguay. … Majoring in Entrepeneurship. … Two-year starter at fullback. … Married to EsDee. … Has totaled 19 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns along with 20 receptions for 212 yards and two more scores. … Also has five special teams tackles this season.

Matt Foley

6-1 210 DS

Temecula, Calif.

Majoring in sociology. … Plans to become a police officer after graduation. … Has played in 33 games in his career as a deep snapper.

Gavin Fowler

6-0 191 DB


Served mission to Long Beach, Calif. … Grandfather, father and two brothers have played football at BYU. … Majoring in broadcast journalism. … Is the holder for PATs and field goals. … Has two career tackles.

Matt Hadley

6-0 210 RB/LB

Connell, Wash.

Served mission to Salvador South, Brazil. … Brother of former BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley. … Married to Chloe. … Has played safety, linebacker and running back for the Cougars. … This season has 44 carries for 264 yards and two touchdowns with five catches for 85 yards. … Has played in 45 games in his career and totaled 79 tackles (48 solo) and three pass breakups.

Austin Hoyt

6-8 315 OL

Ione, Calif.

Served an LDS mission to Denver, Colo. … Married to Kristine and has a son named Gabriel. … A global supply chain major. … Is a two-year starter and has played in 48 games in his career.


Tanner Jacobson

5-10 185 DB

Southlake, Texas

Served mission to Cochabamba, Bolivia. … Transferred from Texas Tech. … Brother of former BYU receiver McKay Jacobson. … Studying business. … Has played in 34 games for the Cougars with 47 tackles (24 solo) and one interception.

Kamalani Kaluhiokalani 6-0 290 DL

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Served a mission to Taiwan. … A walk-on who has played in three games in his career.

Corbin Kaufusi

6-9 275 DL


Served a mission to Seoul, South Korea. … Son of former BYU coach Steve Kaufusi and brothers Bronson and Devin have also played football for the Cougars. … Played on the BYU basketball team for two seasons. … Has totaled 147 tackles (86 solo) and 17 sacks in his career.

Ului Lapuaho

6-7 330 OL

West Valley City

Served a mission to Sydney South, Australia. … Wife is Janae. … Part of the recruiting class of 2011. … Was a starter and has played in 33 games and is still recovering from knee surgeries.

Tanner Mangum

6-3 205 QB

Eagle, Idaho

Served a mission to Antofagasta, Chile. … Has played in 32 games, completing 548 of 918 passes for 6,200 yards, 39 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

Andrew Mikkelsen

6-0 200 K

Canby, Ore.

Served a mission to Apia, Samoa. … wife is Ashleah. … BYU’s kickoff specialist has 40 touchbacks and average of 60.43 yards. … Has made 1 of 2 field goals and 5 of 5 extra points.

JJ Nwigwe

6-5 260 TE

Rockwall, Texas

Switched from offensive line to tight end last season. … Has played in 32 games, 17 as a blocking tight end and has caught one pass for 12 yards.

Butch Pau’u

6-0 225 LB

Anaheim, Calif.

Served a mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. … Majoring in Spanish. … His brother Neil is a wide receiver for the Cougars. … A team captain, Pau’u has played in 37 games and accumulated 187 tackles (104 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.

Riggs Powell

6-2 220 LB

Aptos, Calif.

Former walk-on was cut several times but is now a starting linebacker. … Served a mission to France. … Wife is Melissa. … Is a finance major. … Has recorded 25 tackles (14 solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss in 10 games this season.

Sawyer Powell

6-1 195 DB

West Richland, Wash.

Served a mission in Montevideo, Uruguay. … Has played in 22 games in his career and has recorded 19 tackles, with 16 coming this season. … Also has one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Adam Pulsipher

6-1 220 LB

Temecula, Calif.

Served a mission to Rancagua, Chile. … Wife is former BYU basketball player Makenzi Morrison. … Majoring in finance. … Has played in 41 games with 87 tackles (45 solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Nate Sampson

6-2 230 LB

Pleasant Grove

Served a mission to Roseville, Calif. … Wife is Ashley. … Has played in 11 games with three tackles and a forced fumble in his career.

Rhett Sandlin

6-3 230 LB


Served a mission to Nashville, Tennessee. … Has played in 43 games during his career with 16 tackles (13 solo) and recorded two sacks last week against UMass.

Michael Shelton

5-8 175 DB

Raleigh, N.C.

Majoring in business management. … Has played in 42 games during his career, posting 71 tackles (50 solo), five tackles for loss, three interceptions, eight pass breakups and a fumble recovery. … This year has 18 punt returns for 120 yards.

Sione Takitaki

6-2 230 LB

Fontana, Calif.

Wife is Alyssa. … Major is sociology. … Has played in 40 games with 201 tackles (121 solo). Also has recorded 29.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks, with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, 12 quarterback hurries and five pass breakups.

Merrill Taliauli

6-2 310 DL

Salt Lake City

Served a mission to Federal Way, Washington. … Wife is Risha. … In 38 career games has made 50 tackles (29 solo), three pass breakups and has recovered one fumble.