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WATCH: BYU Football commit 6'7" 410 lbs Motekiai Langi race against his missionary companion and DOMINATE

The big guy can RUN!

BYU Football's official bio graphic for Langi.
BYU Football's official bio graphic for Langi.

Here's the most fun thing you'll see all day. You want to see a big guy run? Like, REALLY run? In church shoes and a tie? Well, you're in luck.

Here's BYU commit and 6'7" 410 lbs Elder Motekiai Taukolo Langi from Liahona, Tonga on his mission in Arizona racing against his companion.

The video comes courtesy of ESPN 960's Ben Criddle.

That's right. The big fella beat his little friend (everyone is Motekiai Langi's little friend) in a foot race! He can run. He can probably run faster than you. He can likely run faster than you in suit pants and dress shoes. He might even be able to beat your dad in a footrace too.

Now for a moment imagine you are a quarterback. Motekiai Langi is coming for you. MOVE!

Now we have two video evidences of Langi's athleticism - a combined 13 seconds.

The good people of Arizona get Mo Langi for another year. Then, the good people of BYU Football do. Langi has never played organized football. Here's what former head coach Bronco Mendenhall said of Langi on 2015 signing day:

"Two years ago, as we thought about the church's worldwide following, we sent coaches to Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, and we are going to Ghana, too. We came back with 3 to 5 players who might be, but they don't know the rules, might be able to be football players. [Langi is] 6'7" and a lean 410 pounds. I've known him for 15 minutes. He came from Tonga into my office the day before he entered the MTC. Good luck finding a suit to fit that guy.

So, Coach Kaufusi had seen him, two years prior. How do you evaluate 6'7" 410 pounds to assess if he can move or not? [Kaufusi's] evaluation of him is based on a pick up game of basketball. He could move well and was light on his feet. He's got to be something. 6'7" 410 pounds, light on his feet. At nose tackle he's got to be a 3-gap guy. Maybe just on the snap he lays down sideways and people have to try to find a way around him. Maybe an offensive guard, he's just big. He's got to be something. So, I took a chance. I understand he is a fantastic person and one of the best students in his class. He doesn't know the rules. There is no film of him (for football). You won't find it. I've know him for 15 minutes and we've only seen him play pickup basketball in Tonga. What do I have to lose? What if it works?! He's got to be something."