Corbin Kaufusi makes transition from football to basketball


PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Corbin Kaufusi has been one busy Cougar.

This past fall, he was a force on the defensive line for the BYU football team, where he recorded 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Then when the season ended, he then took a couple days off, and promptly joined the basketball team, where he’s brought some physicality to the Cougars front court.

“It’s coming,” said Kaufusi, who has yet to score a point and has two rebounds in four games. “There are definitely some things that I need to work on more that I wouldn’t have to in the past if I didn’t play football, but it’s coming around.”

While Kaufusi hasn’t earned a ton of playing time yet, as he finds his rhythm, he says his chance will come.

“It’s definitely going to take some time,” Kaufusi said. “It’s being [consistent] with things and having that continuity. Right now, it’s kind of up and down. A lot has come in the last couple weeks with help from the coaches and my teammates, but there is still a long ways to go.”

Kaufusi was up to 285 pounds as a defensive end, so he says one of the biggest challenges is losing some weight.

“I’ve lost a couple pounds in the last three weeks, but it’s good,” he said. “I wanted to shave a little bit off. Ten pounds in a couple weeks is a pretty good diet plan.”

This is Kaufusi’s third season on the basketball team, but it’s the first time he making the transition from football, and he has no regrets about playing both sports.

“Oh yeah, no regrets at all,” Kaufusi said. “It’s a lot of fun to come back with these dudes. Football season was awesome and I miss those guys, but it’s fun to stay busy the whole year.”

The Cougars next host Pepperdine Thursday night at the Marriott Center.

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