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By: Mitch Harper (Twitter: @Mitch_Harper)
BYU Senior Defensive End Vic So’oto earned 1st Team All-Mountain West Conference honors on Tuesday.
It came as a pleasant surprise, but a surprise that was well deserved for a man who has went through a lot in his Cougar career.
So’oto came to BYU as a highly sought after Tight End recruit from Carlsbad, California. So’oto arrived at BYU in 2005, the first season Coach Mendenhall took over the program.
So’oto as a Tight End at BYU was a terrific blocking TE. But injuries and a guy named Dennis Pitta led the Cougar coaching staff to switch So’oto to Linebacker.
Injuries weren’t the only thing that were bumps in the road for Vic. Had an off-the-field incident during the spring of 2007 with Linebacker Terrance Hooks, that was coined as the infamous “Balloon-gate”.
So’oto continued to bounce back and became a better man for it.
In 2008, was flourishing in fall camp at Linebacker and looked as though he finally found his niche in the program, but then another season-ending injury occured during the game at Washington.
Vic came back for the 2009 season as a Senior, to another position change however. This time at Defensive End. Took some adjustment period but by season’s end was playing at an extremely high level. Many Cougar fans were hoping that So’oto could get a medical redshirt year to make up for the loss of ’08 season. Shockingly, the NCAA came through and granted So’oto a medical redshirt year. Giving So’oto one last go in the program and we all were able to enjoy his terrific play from the D-End spot this year, culminating in 1st Team All-MWC honors.
Wish more players were like Vic So’oto. BYU isn’t for everyone, and it truly is a tough place but with the right attitude and a belief in the program, these guys will maximize their potential and become better men in the process. Vic So’oto is a prime example of that as he leaves with a great lasting imprint on BYU football and a family in the process.
It’s just one of the many reasons to love what BYU Football is all about.
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