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.