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Kavika Fonua’s BYU teammates call him ‘gramps’ because he’s 24, but he’s their starting middle linebacker

Aug 05, 2019 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Provo • Teammates like to call BYU junior Kavika Fonua “gramps,” or “old man,” or the “elder statesman” when they see him around campus or in the locker room.

His self-described term is “survivor,” because that’s what the former Syracuse High standout has been at BYU, overcoming several major injuries to remain a contributor in the program.

“Hey, I’m only 24,” he says. “But me and Talon [Shumway] are always getting clowned on for how old we are.”