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Name: Lopini Katoa 
College: Brigham Young     Number: 4
Height: 6-0   Weight: 210
Position: RB  Pos2: KR
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2022

40 Low: 4.48
   40 Time: 4.58
  40 High: 4.67
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: 2ndPS...PDoak/PHornung...2019: PDoak...76-423-5.6-8 rush, 20-114-5.7-1 rec in 2 sts, 11 gms in '18. Redshirted in '17.

 Lopini Katoa, Brigham Young, Player News


  2020 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Lopini Katoa, BYU,...Katoa, a junior, is also a Doak Walker Award nominee and has been one of the Cougars' most productive offensive players for the past two seasons. In 2019, Katoa led BYU in all-purpose yards with 853 yards, including 358 rushing yards, 288 receiving yards and 207 kick return yards. In 2018 as a redshirt freshman, the American Fork product led the Cougars in rushing with 423 yards and scored nine total touchdowns. - BYU Football

(DS#42 RB) Jr/2022 RB Lopini KatoaBrigham Young
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  2020 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Lopini Katoa (Jr.), BYU,...A junior, Katoa has been one of the Cougars' most versatile weapons over the past two seasons. The American Fork, Utah, product has accounted for 1,390 all-purpose yards and 14 total touchdowns over the past two seasons. In 2020, Katoa ran for 358 yards and four touchdowns, had 288 receiving yards and one score and added 207 kick return yards. Former BYU running back Luke Staley won the Doak Walker Award in 2001 with 1,582 rushing yards and 28 total touchdowns. - BYU Football

(DS#42 RB) Jr/2022 RB Lopini KatoaBrigham Young
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  Last year's running back group suffered a constant barrage of injuries, causing changes to the depth chart on an almost-weekly basis. That can only bode well for the 2020 season. And it served as a learning lesson to those returning. "I think it helped everybody to see you've got to be ready at any point," redshirt junior Katoa said. "Guys can get hurt, so basically you have to have a room full of guys ready to play any Saturday." Katoa is one of the top two rushers coming back and led the team in carries for a second consecutive year in 2019.

The 6-foot-1 running back posted a team-high 853 all-purpose yards last season (358 rushing yards, 288 receiving yards and 207 yards on kick returns). While Katoa loves the running back position, he also enjoys catching the ball and wants to be able to help his team any way possible. So, he hopes to be able to provide the same level of production this year. "I hope to be able to run the ball, catch the ball and just be anywhere on the field where I can make a difference. I'm definitely preparing myself to do whatever it takes to know all positions, to be able to be on the field as much as possible I want to keep that up, to be dynamic." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#42 RB) Jr/2022 RB Lopini KatoaBrigham Young
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  Before 2020 spring camp was cut short by efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the BYU football team's one official coaching vacancy - running backs coach - was being filled on an interim basis by former star and recent graduate assistant Harvey Unga. When asked about the spot, Cougar head coach Kalani Sitake would simply say BYU was evaluating potential candidates and that Unga was in the mix to get the job. Thursday morning it finally became official. The Cougars announced in a statement that Unga has been hired as the new running backs coach.

"I am excited to announce Harvey Unga as our running backs coach," Sitake said in the press release. "Harvey is a great young coach who was an elite player for BYU and is an extremely humble person. He knows the game, relates well to the players, and has done an outstanding job the past four years on our staff. We are excited to have him step into this role, and know he will excel in helping the young men in our program learn, grow and develop." With his background growing up in Provo, playing at Timpview High School, starring at running back for BYU and then coaching at his alma mater, this appears to be a perfect fit for Unga. - Daily Herald


(DS#42 RB) Jr/2022 RB Lopini KatoaBrigham Young
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  2019 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Lopini Katoa (So.), BYU,...Katoa averaged 5.6 yards per carry to lead BYU in rushing and scoring (non-kicker) last season as a freshman with 423 yards on 76 carries and nine touchdowns. A native of American Fork, Utah, Katoa played in 11 games and ranked third on the team in all-purpose yards with 537 and was fifth in receiving yards with 114. He set the BYU freshman record for rushing touchdowns in a single game with four against Hawaii while running for a season-high 155 yards. - BYU Football

(DS#42 RB) Jr/2022 RB Lopini KatoaBrigham Young
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