PROVO — Moroni Laulu-Pututau went under the knife to repair a season-ending knee injury Thursday, but the real news is he is the recipient of a new technique that could launch a comeback 40 percent faster than normal.

That would mean the BYU tight end, who was the team’s leading receiver before blowing out his knee in a loss at Washington two weeks ago, could be available for spring football in March.

The operation was not only cutting-edge, but Laulu-Pututau was the first patient to get it outside of the creator’s operating room in Alabama.

“I am so blessed,” said Laulu-Pututau the day before his surgery. “I’m so thankful to God. I am so grateful to have a medical staff that would even consider it and I’m thankful to have so many talented doctors who will be there to help me get the help I need. I know I’m in good hands and I’m excited to get done with it.”

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Laulu-Pututau had 14 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in four games when he was injured Sept. 29 in Seattle on BYU’s first possession. He was a key receiver and blocker in the Cougars’ jet sweep run package that helped BYU upset then-No. 6 Wisconsin. Before the 2017 season began, the junior from Hyrum suffered a foot injury and missed the entire season.

Laulu-Pututau said the injury occurred on the third play of the game when a teammate ran over his leg. He immediately knew something felt very wrong and dropped to the ground.

“A lot of things went through my mind. I wondered what had happened, how serious it would be. I hoped it wouldn’t be that serious. I got to thinking to myself, “Not again, not this. How could this happen to me again?”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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