Puka Nacua Receives Praise From Rams WR Cooper Kupp, Coach Sean McVay

Jun 7, 2023, 11:57 AM | Updated: 12:09 pm

Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams, NFL, BYU...

Former BYU WR Puka Nacua has made an impression on Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp and coach Sean McVay. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY РFormer BYU and Orem High wide receiver Puka Nacua is already turning heads within the Los Angeles Rams organization.

One of those people that has been impressed with the rookie pass-catcher is NFL star and 2021 MVP Cooper Kupp.

Cooper Kupp impressed with Rams rookie Puka Nacua

Kupp addressed Rams reporters during week three of OTAs and was asked about his early impressions of the former BYU star.

“Yeah, man, he’s pretty special,” Kupp said. “I think if he can stay on a good trajectory, he’s going to be a very good football player in this league. I love the way that he attacks each day. He’s got a great feel for the game, a great feel for leverage, running routes. You come in; you’re running new concepts and things like that. Things that you’ve done before to get open might not fit within the realm of the things that we want to do here, but he’s just transitioned so quickly over understanding what the parameters are that he’s able to work in.”

Nacua was selected in the fifth round at pick No. 177 in this year’s NFL draft. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver was a star at BYU, known for his precise route running and playmaking ability.

Kupp continued, “He’s got a great feel for attacking leverage, how to stick things, his timing on when he needs to show up for things and he’s asking the right questions too. I think that’s the big thing. He’s asking the right questions and as he gets more reps over and over, as he gets to see these things, he’s just going to get better and better. So, I’m really excited about him and the steps that he’s going to be able to take over these next few months.”

During Nacua’s two-year career at BYU, he combined for 1,787 all-purpose yards and had 16 touchdowns in 21 games played.

Sean McVay weighed in on the former BYU star

Rams head coach Sean McVay, who enters his seventh season leading L.A., has also seen some impressive traits in Nacua.

“It’s been really impressive how quickly he’s gotten up to speed. … Matthew (Stafford) has done a great job of really just kind of taking him under his wing and being able to kind of just help give those little nuances, having Cooper (Kupp) back. So he’s smart, he’s conscientious.”

Regarding comparisons for Nacua, McVay, who led the Rams to a Super Bowl Championship in 2021, isn’t making bold predictions.

“It’s hard to really compare to anybody because a lot of those guys, whether you talk about Robert (Woods’) first year, Cooper’s rookie year, having Sammy (Watkins) but then ended up having Brandin Cooks, there’s been a standard set in that room where there’s been really conscientious players. Even if you go with Josh Reynolds, how quickly Van (Jefferson) has done a great job of grasping the offense. And so [Nacua] ‘s a guy that we’re expecting him to come in, expecting him to be able to contribute and compete. Every spot is going to be earned on this team, but I really like what he’s done and I think it’s a credit to everybody around him and his conscientiousness.”

Nacua and the Rams conclude OTAs on June 8.

Next week the Rams will hold a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12‚Äď3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU moving to the Big 12 Conference on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

Locals In the NFL


Kyle Ireland

Rams WR Puka Nacua Scores First NFL TD, Lifts Rams To OT Win Over Colts

Puka Nacua scored his first NFL touchdown in overtime and lifted the Los Angeles Rams to a Week 4 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

4 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Buccaneers WR Deven Thompkins Scores First NFL Touchdown

Deven Thompkins scored his first NFL touchdown during the final minutes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win over the New Orleans Saints.

4 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Former Bingham TE Dalton Schultz Scores First Touchdown With Houston Texans

Dalton Schultz scored his first touchdown as a member of the Houston Texans during their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

4 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Packers QB Jordan Love Throws, Runs For Touchdowns On Thursday Night Football

Jordan Love scored a pair of touchdowns for the Green Bay Packers in their Thursday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions.

3 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Zach Wilson Responds To Criticism From N.Y. Jets Legend Joe Namath

Former BYU Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson responded to harsh comments made about his play by New York Jets legend Joe Namath.

3 days ago


Kyle Ireland

How To Watch Local Players, Coaches In Week Four Of 2023 NFL Season

Here is how to watch the players and coaches with ties to the state of Utah during the fourth week of the 2023 NFL regular season.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

Puka Nacua Receives Praise From Rams WR Cooper Kupp, Coach Sean McVay