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BYU's Talon Shumway shines with TD catch from Tanner Mangum on Day 4 of fall camp

PROVO — On Day Four of fall camp Monday, the BYU offense looked sharp, particularly during two-minute drills.

Quarterback Tanner Mangum’s touchdown pass to wide receiver Talon Shumway near the end of practice highlighted the segment.

“It was a real good throw,” Shumway said. “That was all Tanner and the (offensive) line.”

Coach Kalani Sitake likes what he’s seen on the offensive side of the ball so far in camp.

“We need to put Tanner and the offense those in those type of situations and I thought they did pretty well,” Sitake said. “Tanner looked like a veteran. He marched us down and scored a touchdown. He’s exactly what we thought he’d be. He’s demanding a lot from the receivers and he’s doing a great job with the offense.”

Monday marked the Cougars’ second day in shoulder pads and helmets. They’ll don full pads Tuesday.

“I’m just really excited about the progress of the team. They’re further ahead than I anticipated,” Sitake said. “The physical part of the game, we’re right on par with where we need to be.”

Sitake added that he’d like to see his players cut down on penalties, adding his team will likely scrimmage later on during the week.

BIG MO: Six-foot-7, 410-pound freshman defensive lineman Motekiai Langi knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage Monday, sparking wild cheers from his defensive teammates.

Langi, a native of Tonga, never played football before he arrived at BYU this summer.

“He’s a load. He’ll be a force for us somewhere. We’ll see. Coach (Ilaisa) Tuiaki has done a great job with him,” Sitake said. “He’s learning the game. I think he just learned what the sideline was a couple of days ago. The stuff we take for granted, we’ve got to teach him. He’s learning it and he’s loving it and obviously the team loves him.”

KEEPING THE ‘STACHE?: Senior safety Matt Hadley, who is competing for a starting spot, is sporting a mustache during fall camp.

Will he keep it throughout the season?

“The mustache, it depends on how long the wife lets me keep it,” he said. “Hopefully, she’s cool for the rest of the season with it.”

Has his wife said anything about the mustache?

“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “But she’s letting me spread my wings a little bit.”

VAKA STILL OUT: Offensive lineman John Taipe Vaka, who signed with BYU out of Diablo Valley College in California last December, has not yet been able to join the team for practices due to academic red tape involving the junior college, Sitake said.

COMPETITION AT RIGHT TACKLE: Among those players fighting for a starting job are a pair of right tackles: freshman Kieffer Longson and junior Austin Hoyt.

“It’s a good battle,” Sitake said.