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

The 2017 Countdown to Kickoff continues with 35 days (5 WEEKS FROM TODAY) until BYU’s season opener. Each day we highlight the player or two that wear that day’s number on their jerseys. If you check back each day, by the end of the summer you’ll know every player on BYU’s 2017 roster.

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

Va’a Niumatalolo

Redshirt Senior Inside Linebacker (Projected #4/5 Middle LB)
6’2″, 235 pounds
Class of 2011: Broadneck H.S. (Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland)
2011: Redshirt LB at BYU; No game appearances (Scout Team)
2012-2014: Utah St. George Mission
2014: RS Freshman LB at BYU; Recorded 1 tackle and 1 forced fumble in 2 game appearances
2015: RS Sophomore LB at BYU; Recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack in 3 games played
2016: RS Junior LB at BYU; Recorded 1 tackle in 4 games played

Brayden El-Bakri


Redshirt Junior Walk-on Running Back (Projected #1 Fullback)
6’0″, 235 pounds
Class of 2012: Brighton H.S. (Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah)
2012: Redshirt RB at BYU; No game appearances (Scout Team)
2013-2015: Uruguay Montevideo West Mission
2015: RS Freshman RB at BYU; Recorded no stats in 4 game appearances
2016: RS Sophomore RB at BYU; Recorded 2 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 2 carries; caught 5 passes for 88 yards; returned 2 kickoffs for 23 yards; recorded 1 tackle in 12 games played