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  Steve Fifita
Steve Fifita

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Huntington Beach, Calif.

High School:
Fountain Valley HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 322

Position:
DL

Birthdate:
05/16/1982

Experience:
3VL

UTAH: All-America candidate is the best tackle in the Mountain West Conference ... after two years as the starting nose guard, he moved to tackle in the spring, though he will play both positions depending on the situation ... faces double and even triple teams every game ... plays much bigger than his size ... strongest player on the team squats 675 pounds and benches 460 pounds (bench press was from 2004; he did not test in spring of 2005).

2004-First team all-MWC ... Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP ... started in all 12 games at nose guard ... 45 total tackles and 23 solo tackles were the most by a Ute lineman ... 4.5 sacks was tied for the team lead ... 9 tackles for loss ranked second ... MVP performance at the Fiesta Bowl included 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a 12-yard sack ... career-high 9 stops vs. Air Force (5 solo) ... returned an interception for a 6-yard score vs. UNLV and had 2 pass break-ups vs. San Diego State ... made an appearance at running back late in Utah's win over BYU and scored a 4-yard touchdown ... 2 total rushes for 5 yards.

2003-Honorable mention all-conference ... started all 12 games at nose guard ... 31 total tackles ... 8 tackles for loss and 3 sacks ... career-high 6 tackles vs. Texas A&M ... 5 tackles and 2 tackles for loss in Liberty Bowl win over Southern Miss ... also had 5 tackles and 2 tackles for loss vs. Colorado State.

2002-Played in 11 games, starting one ... 16 total tackles ... 1.5 tackles for loss ... 1 interception for 14 yards ... 2 fumble recoveries ... 1 pass breakup ... 3 tackles, 1 for loss, vs. CSU ... lettered. 2001-Redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two years all-conference ... all-county ... Fountain Valley High (Calif.) team captain and defensive player of the year ... 62 unassisted tackles in 1999 ... recovered 4 fumbles (1 for TD) and had 17 tackles for loss ... on offense, scored on runs of 55 and 65 yards.

PERSONAL: Son of Steve and Lita Fifita ... sociology major ... last name is pronounced fee-feeta ... born May 16, 1982.

YEAR G/GS UT AT TOT TFL SACK 2002 11/1 8 8 16 1.5-0 0-0 2003 12/12 15 16 31 8.0-24 3-10 2004 12/12 23 22 45 9.0-44 4.5-33 Totals 35/25 46 46 92 18.5-68 7.5-43

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