UTAH: All-conference candidate is one of the country’s best linebackers when healthy … Miami transfer missed five games in 2014 with a foot injury that also limited him in spring camp … expects to be full strength by fall.
2014–Played in eight games, starting seven, in an injury-shortened season … missed the first two and the last three games … in his first game at Utah, he was named the Athlon Sports National Defensive Player of the Week and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after leading Utah with 14 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in a 26-10 win over Michigan … even with missing five games, his four interceptions ranked second in the Pac-12 and led Utah … tied for third on the team with 61 total tackles (3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack) … also had a pass breakup and a fumble recovery … career-high 14 tackles against both Michigan and Oregon State … interceptions came against UM, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State … seven tackles against Oregon included a sack.
PRIOR TO UTAH: Earned two letters at Miami (Florida) as a true freshman in 2011 and in 2012 … his sophomore season, he was a two-time ACC Linebacker of the Week ... played in 10 games in 2012, making seven starts at outside linebacker ... finished third on team in tackles with 61, including 40 solo stops ... added 3.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one forced fumble ... had a career-best 14 tackles (0.5 TFL) vs. Virginia and was named ACC Linebacker of the Week … also won ACC Linebacker of the Week after 11-tackle game against North Carolina State … nine tackles at Notre Dame ... played in seven games as a freshman, finishing four tackles … as a high school senior at Kathleen HS in Lakeland, Fla., he racked up 155 tackles, two interceptions and four forced fumbles … rated as 33rd- and 22nd-best outside linebacker on Rivals.com and ESPNU, respectively.
PERSONAL: Son of Masha and Leslie Paul ... will finish his bachelor's degree in sociology this summer and expects to add a degree in economics in December ... full name is Gionni (pronounced gee-ah-nee) Raphael Paul ... born Mar. 6, 1993.
YEAR G/GS UT AT TOT TFL SACK PBU 2011* 7/0 1 3 4 0.0-0 0.0 0 2012* 10/7 40 21 61 3.5-6 0.0 2 Career* 17/7 41 24 65 3.5-6 0.0 2 *at Miami