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BYU LB Alani Fua getting some preseason hype
The College Football Performance Awards program has been good to BYU in the past, naming tight end Dennis Pitta as its 2009 Elite Tight End and linebacker Kyle Van Noy as its top linebacker in 2012 and giving the Detroit Lions draftee its National Defensive Performer of the Year honor in 2012 as well.
Now, the CFPA has placed a current Cougar, linebacker Alani Fua, on its 2014 Linebacker Trophy Watch List.
Fua is one of 40 linebackers from across the country who made the list.
Fua made the Phil Steele Preseason Independent First Team last month.<
The CFPA is in its seventh season. Go here to see the other 39 linebackers on the list, a list that includes Utah State's Zach Vigil and Kyler Fackrell.
I wrote about BYU's Chase Dalton in April and surmised that the senior might be the best BYU athlete you've never heard of. Dalton had a somewhat disappointing NCAA Track & Field finals meet, but bounced back last week with a strong performance at the USATF Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Dalton placed fifth in the decathlon in Sacramento, but second among collegiate athletes. He scored 7,592 points. Wisconsin's Zach Ziemek was the top collegian.
The Cougars sent five athletes to the meet.
Sophomore Korey Smith was 13th overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.93 seconds, and freshman Brian Mathews was ninth in the junior decathlon with 6,750 points.
Freshman Nicole Laws was sixth in the junior heptathlon with 4,863 points and fourth among college athletes.