February 5, 2023

BYU soccer professional day: Unsung receiver Samson Nacua impresses NFL scouts

Samson Nacua insists he didn’t steal the present at BYU’s skilled working day on Friday on the indoor apply facility on campus.

A substantial amount of people who had been there would beg to differ.

With key attraction Tyler Allgeier, the one former Cougar who’s possible to be drafted up coming thirty day interval, opting out of the 40-garden sprint and jumps, quite a lot of the main focus shifted to the opposite 4 players attempting to catch the curiosity of the 33 NFL scouts/representatives in attendance.

And though receiver Neil Pau’u, offensive lineman James Empey, defensive lineman Uriah “Lopa” Leiataua and Allgeier had their moments, Nacua shined the brightest.

Nacua, who performed his closing yr of eligibility at BYU instantly after 4 a few years at Utah, ran a 4.48-second 40-property dash, astonishing loads of along with his tempo excited about he’s roughly 6-foot-4 and weighs 202 kilos. Unofficially, he posted 16 bench presses, a 32-inch vertical soar and a 10-foot-1 huge leap.

“Each. I’m heading with equally. I by no means wish to get in trouble. I by no means know which an individual to say, so I’m going with every.” — Utah switch receiver Samson Nacua at BYU’s skilled day, when questioned which college he’ll say he’s from if he tends to make it on an NFL roster

“Oh, no, I actually do not know if I stole the show,” he stated when it was immediate he did. “I appeared at everyone now, and everyone place on a great exhibit. … Each particular person was competing with themselves, on the cease of the working day. Completely everybody placed on a great clearly present presently and it was simply fantastic to see all individuals get rid of it.”

It was presumably the smallest topic {of professional} day individuals as a result of BYU begun placing these on some 20 a very long time prior to now. Reps from nearly each NFL staff apart from the Rams, Bengals and Vikings have been being in attendance, in line with BYU officers.

Earlier players who’re within the NFL, this type of as Khyiris Tonga, Taysom Hill, Harvey Langi and Kai Nacua (Samson’s older brother) additionally constructed their technique to Provo to look at and supply encouragement. Former BYU quarterback Baylor Romney, who retired from soccer a pair months in the past to only take a piece with Adobe, was recruited to toss passes and seemed like he has not skipped a conquer.

“Baylor was throwing dimes, method too,” Nacua stated, telling a story of how they skilled to influence Romney to happen by quite a few cellphone calls and texts. “We’re grateful for Baylor popping out and supporting us out. We positively vital him proper now. And he place on a gift himself, really, demonstrating that though he’s completed with soccer, he has proceed to acquired it. So if any particular person wants him, strike his line, for assured.”

On a single sure throw, Romney strike Nacua 40 yards downfield in stride, with Nacua producing an extra than-the-shoulder catch that drew applause from the gang.

“I strike that submit-corner, and he threw it correct greater than my head,” Nacua reported.

A reporter requested Nacua an interesting query following the exercise. If he does make the NFL and is on 1 of all these telecasts wherever gamers announce the faculty or college they attended, will he say BYU or Utah?

“Each,” he defined, laughing. “I’m going with every. I don’t wish to get in issues. I actually do not know which an individual to say, so I’m heading with every.”

Nacua appreciates he possibly is not going to get drafted — he was saddled by accidents final drop at BYU and caught solely 21 passes for 329 yards and some touchdowns. He did lead Utah in getting touchdowns in 2018 and 2019.

“I’m completely recovered now, and what I convey to an NFL employees is energy, important performs, some velocity. After lately, it reveals I obtained some velocity on me, huh?” he claimed. “However yeah, no matter what they need to have me to ship, I actually really feel like I can do all of it: particular teams, huge performs. If they should have me to take part in safety, I’ll do it, far too.”

As for the 4.48 time within the 40, Nacua believes he was a minor extra quickly. “They might be sluggish on the clocks, however it’s all good,” he defined.

Possessing talked to a pair scouts forward of meeting with reporters, Nacua stated all of them instructed him he assisted himself Friday, and obtained on their radar. He expects to get a cell phone name in late April regardless of whether or not he’s drafted or not.

“They have been simply shocked. They ended up telling me I got here out and manufactured a wonderful title for myself, assisted myself these days. That was the most important issue I needed to do,” he talked about. “I do know my establish is possibly not on the prime of their lists. However as prolonged as I can put my establish on their lists, that was a very powerful matter. I feel I did that lately.”

Allgeier is on a great deal of lists, while projections for which spherical he will probably be taken in are all in extra of the board. 

BYU’s single-time hurrying yardage chief (1,601, established in 2021)did 21 bench presses, a quantity which might have set him tied for third on the NFL incorporate in February.

Talking of that mix, Allgeier talked about his most interesting time there, 4.60 seconds within the 40 — is the rationale he didn’t run it Friday in Provo.


BYU operating again once more Tyler Allgeier runs a drill as NFL scouts observe in the middle of BYU’s skilled working day on the college’s indoor observe facility in Provo on Friday, March 25, 2022.

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“Shoot, I’ll simply stick to the mix selection, 4.6 flat,” he reported.

CBS Sports activities named Allgeier’s train routine in Indianapolis “disappointing” and acknowledged his 40-property sprint was “among the many worst at his placement.” Requested if not jogging Friday suggests he was happy along with his NFL merge function, he replied: “Uh, I used to be Okay with it. Yeah, I used to be nice (with it).”

Allgeier ran the cone drill in 7.09 seconds and the 20-lawn shuttle in 4.34 seconds, each equally good showings for an individual his measurement (5-11, 224).

“I assumed it went pretty correctly,” Allgeier stated of the day as a complete. “That is simply the icing on the cake — simply to greatest all of it off, specifically with the interval I had like final yr.”

Allgeier talked about he hasn’t learn something in any respect with reference to wherever he could also be drafted, or by whom, but it surely was noteworthy that he invested loads of time conversing to scouts from the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts. Allgeier’s late grandfather’s favored employees was the Colts, so he adopted them as his staff escalating up, he stated.

Allgeier signed with the exact same agent, Justin Schulman of Athletes Initially, who signifies former Cougars Fred Warner, Troy Warner and Chris Wilcox. What’s going to an NFL staff be acquiring in him?

“A soccer participant,” he talked about. “A dude who can do all of it — unique teams, managing once more, in any way they’ll want.”

Allgeier was a stroll-on linebacker early in his BYU career.

Pau’u and Empey have been being desirous to exhibit that they’ve recovered from foot and ankle accidents that slice fast their senior seasons last tumble, and each equally attained their goals, they talked about.

“I felt significantly unbelievable about it. I hit a bunch of my ambitions,” stated Empey, a four-year starter who checked in at 6-3.5 and 297 lbs .. “After not changing into in a position to finish the time, it was simply nice for me to be out proper right here and be healthful. So super joyful about each factor went. … Grateful for BYU for at all times constructing it particular.”

Empey and Leiataua put up 23 bench presses each Empey bettered his 40 time on his second endeavor, going from 5.46 to five.37.

Pau’u, who was high the Cougars in acquiring upfront of he endured a season-ending foot accidents although scoring a landing towards Idaho State, posted a 4.71 within the 40. Tempo isn’t the massive receiver’s forte, taking a look at he’s 6-3 and 212 kilos, however he was happy to indicate scouts his distinctive catching radius within the drills, snagging some crisp passes from Romney.

“The 40 (time) is kind of a knock on me, however I assume I used to be ready to recuperate with the shuttle, the (cone) drill and my routes,” Pau’u defined. “The 40 isn’t my most interesting match, I suppose. However they have been being able to see different factors.”

The 2022 NFL draft is April 28-30 in Las Vegas.