Former BYU rugby star-turned-running back Paul Lasike is continuing to make his presence felt at the Arizona Cardinals' training camp.

The undrafted rookie free agent is living up to the reputation he built in Provo as a tough player who is difficult to take down, according to a story by Chris Gabel of Fox Sports Arizona.

"I'm a meathead blocker and I like physicality," Lasike said. "Lead blocking and pass protecting, those are really what I specialize in. I love the physicality of the game. I love the contact."

He's certainly impressing Cardinals' radio analyst Ron Wolfley, who said during the broadcast of Arizona's first preseason game last Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs that "he has the perfect brow for a fullback. It's like a frying pan."

Said Wolfley on Monday: "What I respect so much, as a former fullback myself, is just how willing he is to just stick his face right into the fire. I like that. Paul Lasike does not struggle at all with sticking his face in there, which is good. It's like prerequisite No. 1 if you're going to play fullback."

In all on Saturday, Lasike had two carries for 10 yards. He was on the field for 21 plays, 18 on offense and three on special teams.

"I'm willing to work hard and learn; I'm teachable," he said. "Some of the nuances of the game come really hard to me because it's like learning a new language. (But) they saw what I did in college and think they can utilize me in some way, whether it's on special teams or as a lead blocker in situational plays. But I'm just grateful to be out here, that I actually get a shot. Whatever happens, I'm just enjoying it all I can."

Gary Andersen, OSU examined

USA Today is the latest publication to provide an outlook on Gary Andersen's first season as head football coach at Oregon State.

The former defensive coordinator at Utah and head coach at Utah State and Wisconsin, Andersen is expected to see some struggles on the field this fall but is making an effort to bring more stability off the field.

"For us, we're really a day-by-day working team right now," he said. "We are so youthful. We have to worry about today and then take on the fights for tomorrow and find a way to be consistent," Andersen said. "I think that's our challenge."

Ex-Ute Plouffe helps Canada claim 2016 Olympic berth

Playing in front of fans in her native Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Sunday, former University of Utah star forward Michelle Plouffe helped her country win gold at the FIBA Americas Women's Championship, and thus earn a bid to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A story by Brian Swane of the Edmonton Sun told what the experience meant to Plouffe and her twin sister and teammate, Katherine.

“It’s been amazing just to have this city be a community to our team and for us to have our family and friends out,” said Michelle while Katherine enthusiastically nodded her agreement. “They’ve been so supportive and been so excited for us, so to do this on literally our home court is pretty special.”

Michelle Plouffe, who earned multiple All-Pac-12 honors during her career in Salt Lake City, was also on the Canada squad that advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.