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Change is good for BYU's Mike Hague

By Jeremiah Jensen | Posted - Apr. 18, 2011 at 7:56 p.m.



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Since his days as a star player at Brighton high school, Mike Hague has been known as a big bruising running back weighing as much as 230 pounds. This spring that changed.

"I don't recognize myself," says the BYU junior.

That's because Hague has lost 45 pounds thanks to a commitment to nutrition.

"I felt like it was something I needed to do," he says.

Getting rid of bad eating habits has allowed Mike to transform his body.

"Instead of going home to make a lunch I would eat candy," remembers Hague. "Little things like that. I was eating at 11 o'clock in the morning instead of 8 o'clock. What I was eating probably wasn't as good as what I should be eating. Just the little changes made a big difference."

The results are stunning. Hague has made the transition from 230 pound running back to a 185 pound safety. It's a change that Mike has embraced.

"I love it!" he says with excitement. "I love the offensive side of the ball but I feel at home on defense."

This new position is nothing new to Mike. He played it well in high school and was initially recruited by BYU as a safety. His play has made an impression on Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall who listed him among those that stood out this spring.

"(On defense) the real surprise right after Daniel Sorensen and Uona Kaveinga is Mike Hague," says Bronco. "He's doing a nice job."

Hague will compete with returning starter Travis Uale for a starting spot at safety this fall. He can't wait for the season opener, September 3rd, against Ole Miss.

"We want to establish ourselves as a dominant team," says Hague. "We want to turn some heads come Ole Miss time. This whole going independent thing is real exciting. If we're gonna do it we better go get ready for it."

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