Manumaleuna makes another big play (Football)

September 4, 2010
Eathyn Manumaleuna

He hasn’t played an NCAA game in nearly three years, yet Anchorage’s Eathyn Manumaleuna still has the propensity for making a big play.

The BYU defensive lineman saved the day against the University of Washington when he tipped Jake Locker’s pass on fourth-and-6 to preserve a 23-17 victory in Provo, Utah.

“Around when he released, I just jumped,” he told reporters.

Manumaleuna, of East High fame, is a sophomore starter who sat out the last two seasons due to his Mormon mission in Oklahoma City.

During his mission, he couldn’t even watch BYU play on TV.

I guess dude was ready to get back onto the field because in typical fashion he saved his best for last.

The last time Manumaleuna was on the field he blocked a field goal at the end of the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl to seal a win over UCLA.

“Both times I had no anticipation of blocking anything,” he said. “I guess it’s all luck.”

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