Pututau comfortable with switch to tight end

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – He’s changed numbers and changed positions, but Moroni Laulu-Pututau says playing tight end suits him perfectly.

“Yeah, I like it a lot better,” said Pututau, who switched in spring ball after playing his first two seasons at BYU as a wide receiver. “I think it’s a better fit for me and for the team. It feels really natural, I like playing in the middle, picking up blocks and catching balls, so I really enjoy it.”

The biggest difference is Pututau, who has played wide receiver since his days at Mountain Crest High School, is blocking.

“I’ve got to block some defensive ends and combo to some linebackers,” he said. “So, I get my nose a little dirty in that sense. But I put about 23 pounds on, and I think it’s been going pretty well.”

BYU used to have a strong tradition at tight end with the likes of Chad Lewis, Itula Mili, Jonny Harline and Dennis Pitta, but not so much lately. But Pututau, who goes 6-foot -4, 235 pounds and can run like a receiver, should revitalize that position.

“Dennis Pitta comes to mind, Andrew George,” said BYU head coach Kalani Sitake. “There’s a lot of great ones that we had to defend. It’s difficult when you have a guy that is that big, is a big target and can move really well. So, the goal is to win games and get mismatches, and we think we have some of that.”

Last season, Pututau hauled in 27 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. 

As for his chemistry with Tanner Mangum, well that’s not an issue, seeing how they served their mission together in Chile.

“It’s great, and it’s a credit to the work we did in the off-season as a whole, as a team, and as a wide receiver group,” Pututau said. “We put in a lot of time, and we’ve always been good friends, so that helps.”

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