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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

BYU tries to fill void by replacing noseguard Russell Tialavea

By Dick Harmon

Deseret Morning News
Published: August 14, 2007
PROVO — BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi will run at least three players in and out at the noseguard position this week to help evaluate who will replace the injured Russell Tialavea.

Tests Monday revealed Tialavea, a sophomore and projected starter, suffered tears on the ACL and MCL of his knee during Saturday's scrimmage. He will undergo surgery that will keep him out of the 2007 season.

Don't be surprised if he'll be replaced by a rotation of three bodies, a common practice last season with Tialavea and two other freshmen, Matangi Tonga and Romney Fuga. Tonga was suspended last winter and Fuga is serving an LDS mission.

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