Greg Gilmore threatened Breiden Fehoko: Turn over the enemy’s information, or leave LSU.
Fehoko, a Texas Tech transfer who joined LSU in June, has more connections with BYU than any other player on the team.
The defensive lineman has deep roots in Provo, Utah, but he won’t get to play against a squad he knows so well. He must sit out this season in accordance with NCAA transfer policy.
That doesn’t diminish his connections ahead of Saturday's season opener against the Cougars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Fehoko’s oldest brother, Sam, is on the support staff at BYU, and the Cougars’ head coach, Kalani Sitake, is a distant cousin, said Linda Fehoko, Breiden’s mother. Linda is a BYU graduate, and Breiden lived in Provo for several years of his childhood.
“I told him to call the coach and tell me all the plays right now,” said Gilmore, LSU’s senior nose tackle, “and if you don’t, you can’t play here.”
Gilmore was joking, of course, but Fehoko does have a half-dozen cousins on the team, Linda said, including the 6-foot-7, 410-pound defensive lineman, Motekiai Langi.
LSU did not release a depth chart in the university's game notes on Monday, as is normal protocol.
Fehoko’s closest BYU connection is his brother. Sam Fehoko, a Texas Tech linebacker from 2007-10, joined the Cougars support staff in the spring after serving as a graduate assistant for the Red Raiders.
His move to BYU came about six weeks after Breiden announced he was transferring from the Red Raiders. Many Cougars fans hoped to land Breiden because of the connection, and Sitake recruited him, according to outlets that cover the Cougars.
He ultimately picked LSU, and he’s already making an impact on the scout team. Coach Ed Orgeron said he would be a member of the two-deep depth chart if he were eligible this season. Fehoko, playing end and nose tackle, has exceeded the coach’s expectations, and he’s been “destroying blocks” in practice, Orgeron said.
“He’s already good,” Gilmore said. “He’s developed, soaked in that technique.”
KJ Malone has practiced in Matt Canada’s offense since the very beginning.