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Happy Va’a Niumatalolo/Brayden El-Bakri Day: 35 Days to Kickoff!

The 2015 Countdown to Kickoff continues with 35 days until BYU’s season opener – exactly FIVE weeks from today. Each day we highlight the player or two that wear that day’s number on their jerseys. If you check back with us each day, by the end of the summer you’ll know every player on BYU’s roster in 2015.

Happy Va’a Niumatalolo/Brayden El-Bakri Day!
35 Days to Kickoff!

Va’a Niumatalolo

Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker (Projected #3/4 Buck LB)
6’1″, 226 pounds
2014: Freshman
2012-2014: Utah St. George Mission
2011: Redshirt
Broadneck High School (Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland) Class of 2011
2014 Stats: Recorded one tackle and forced a fumble in 2 game appearances.

Brayden El-Bakri


Redshirt Freshman Walk-on Running Back (Projected #4/5 Combo Back)
6’0″, 215 pounds
2013-2015: Uruguay Montevideo West Mission
2012: Redshirt
Brighton High School (Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah) Class of 2012
2014 Stats: Mission