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PROVO -- Several BYU football players show a glimpse of their talent before serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Linebacker Daniel Sorensen is one of many players currently serving. Coach Bronco Mendenhall remembered that he was "very impressed with [Sorensen] on his visit" to BYU.
Sorensen was a perfect fit because he loved the standards of the LDS Church and BYU. Immediately, Mendenhall recognized Sorensen's talent for football and was anxious to get him playing. They tried him at safety where they knew he would be a very good player, but realized that moving him to outside linebacker would help some of their needs. Sorensen played as a linebacker his freshman year and was then called to serve a full-time mission.
"There are players that we have in the missionary category on all the different boards we have around the office," Mendenhall related. "Frequently we open the board and say, ‘man, it will be great to have him back.'"
Sorensen is one of those players that BYU is looking forward to having back when his mission is completed. Until then, Mendenhall knows that he is having a great experience and is respected by his Mission President.