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Oklahoma sophomore Nila Kasitati reflects on his late high-school teammates

by Jason Kersey Published: August 28, 2013
Oklahoma sophomore guard Nila Kasitati spoke with reporters after Tuesday's practice. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma sophomore guard Nila Kasitati spoke with reporters after Tuesday's practice. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — Oklahoma sophomore offensive guard Nila Kasitati was already motivated for the season after returning from a 2012 ACL tear.

But after two of his Euless (Texas) Trinity High School teammates died in a late July car accident, Kasitati has new motivation for 2013.

Polo Manukainiu, a Texas A&M redshirt freshman defensive end, and Utah signee Gaius Vaenuku were both killed along with 13-year old Andrew Uhatafe in northern New Mexico.

“It was a tough deal back home and everything,” Kasitati said. “It was right around two-a-days, so I had to go home and miss some of two-a-days. If anything, that sort of just gave me a little more of a push that life is short, and if they had the chance to play, they would play hard.”

Manukainiu committed to the Sooners in September 2011, but decommitted a few months later and eventually signed with the Aggies.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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