Breaking news out of BYU Football HQ: Manase Tonga will be academically ineligible for the 2008 football season. Read the press release here.
Tonga will have to re-apply for BYU in 2009.
This is big news, and it's bad news for BYU fans. Manase Tonga was as complete a back as we have on our team. He ran with power, he blocked well, and he had great receiving hands out of the backfield. He wasn't a game-changer, per se, but he will definitely be missed.
The good news is he will redshirt this year, and he has the chance to play in 2009 if he can become eligible once again.