What a character. What a smart young man to make such a great decision.I, for one, wish Vakapuna will have a successful season.Football
aside, he is a man --man enough to give up anything for his mother.He is a Utes!!!
Such a smart young man.Typical Ute!
Looking forward to watching the young man play, and best wishes.Here's hoping that watching you play helps your family heal.
Actually, I liked Vakapuna last year. It is unfortunate that his mother had
health issues. Of course, he made the right decision to leave to take care of
his family. There is nothing more important. He seems like a strong
runner that is hard to bring down. He may not be the fastest person on the team,
but I sure wouldn't have to try and run him down. Last fall in camp had like a
80-90 yard run. After he busted through, nobody could catch him. Great article. Go Utes!!!
I thought Vakapuna looked just as good as the starters in the limited action he
saw last year. I'm not sure White is big enough to be an every down back, or if
he can do well in short yardage and goal line, so Vakapuna is a perfect change
of pace guy, they will compliment each other perfectly.I love it
when good things happen to good people, Keep it up Tauni! This
offense is starting to get healthy, they are starting to come together, and they
are going to surprise people this year.
Why don't they have him listed on the roster of the University of Utah Athletics
web page? He seems slightly worthy. Also, that web page should include pictures
of freshmen during their freshman season. Perhaps not right away, but they
shouldn't have to go the whole season without their picture on their schools
athletics web page. Also, the web page should get the year of the player correct
(John Cullen is not a Jr.). And yes--I have contacted them.
This is a great kid - he was also a beast on the rugby field for Highland Rugby
He put his family first. Sounds like what BYU preaches and what many of the less
intelligent "usual posters" condemn BYU for on this comment board. Not
putting football first. I guess that is a litte hold over from Whittinghams days
at BYU. I commend both coach and player.
"Why don't they have him listed on the roster of the University of Utah
Athletics web page?"Whoever admins that site seems to run
around 6 years behind the times. I wouldn't read anything into it.
Any player, from any program, that does the things he has done for his family
then comes back to the program and performs at a high level is someone that kids
looking for direction in life can look to for guidance. If he makes the
travel squad I hope, expect, that he should receive a scholarship. He is doing
on and off the field.
TJ:So Utah RB Tauni Vakapuna opts to drop football in order to put
his family first, and you see that as a reflection of somebody ELSE who happened
to have played for the Y 30 yrs ago?Wow! But then I guess that's
pretty typical of a fanbase so DESPERATE for an "attaboy".I'm sure Jon Hayes improvement at the QB position must have been on account of
him sitting next to a former Deacon's Quorem President in English class way back
when he was in the 8th grade.
I hope he continues to put his family first as that's where his priorities lie.
How's this for a little sad fact, USC could do better than UTAH in the South
conference but because USC is ineligible from competing for a conference
championship, Utah could get a chance anyways. A chance when they didn't earn
it, how sad is that?
Very nice to read about those players who actually care about and sacrifice for
other people. Coach Whit seems to excel in finding them and letting them blossom
on and off the field. It's a refreshing change from the daily dose of stories
about players who will happily put their school and other people in jeopardy to
satisfy a "me first" attitude.Here's to a full and speedy
recovery for Tauni's mom and sister. A good season would be just a little more
icing on that cake.
Vakapuna is a great man. I would love to maybe see him in the "Asiata"
wildcat package on third-and-short or near the goal line this year. It sounds
like he would excel there if Whit says he is good at staying behinid his pads
and hitting gaps well. He should have a great season. Go Utes!!!
I'm so happy Vakapuna came back for his senior year!!! He is great running back
and great man to have on the team. Younger players will get better just by
being around this guy and following in his footsteps.I hope he has a
great year with the Utes - we seem to be pretty deep at running back. I hope
they can all stay healthy and continue to push each other to get better.Not much time left to get the final tweaks in place for this team. I
can't wait for the season to begin!Go Utes!!!
BYU/Jazz fan | 10:04 a.m. Aug. 19, 2011West Valley, UT "A
chance when they didn't earn it, how sad is that?"Sad in that
you're left hoping your team qualifies for the helicopter bowl, or whatever it
is? News Flash: Living right on and off the field doesn't just
happen in Provo. Didn't your boy say that, magic happens?
TJ: get over it. This isn't about byu it's about this kid and his priorities.
Now that Vakapuna has showed his mental and physical toughness as well as his
commitment to the University lets get him a scholarship!
Honest question: Did he go to school in either the Spring or Summer semesters?
I don't know how he'd be eligible to play since student-athletes need to pass 24
credit hours at a 2.0 GPA from the previous school year in order to participate.
If he sat out Spring and/or Summer how is it that he's eligible?
che loco, all they said is that he left the team, it didn't say anything about
attending classes, and he is eligible, so he must have attended classes
che loco:The article did not state that he dropped out of college to
take care of his ailing mother. All it said was that he dropped Football. I
don't know from where you're drawing any academic hindrance conclusions.
I wasn't aware of his family issues, I only knew that he had quit playing
football. Of course what he did was commendable, frankly it is inspiring. I love
stories of this sort no matter what the team or player. Good luck to him and I
am glad he gets to play that final season. I also sincerely hope hs mother and
sister are well on their way to recovery.
Naval Vet,I didn't draw any conclusions, that's why I was asking a
question to see if someone knew what the situation was. Obviously, you don't
know. So if there's nothing to add, what are you insinuating about me? Turn
your sensitive feelings off for a minute, will ya?
che loco, yes he attended school in spring. Case closed, children, play nice.
Great kid. Well, at least the Utes have depth at RB.Great job.Go utes!
Wish my nephew all the luck the world, make the best it. GO BYU.