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  Gionni Paul
Gionni  Paul

Player Profile

Winter Haven, Fla.

High School:
Kathleen HS

Last College:
Miami (Fla.)

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 225





No. 18 Utah Football Upsets No. 13 Oregon, 62-20

Travis Wilson has 327 yards of total offense for the Utes.


Devontae Booker Leads No. 21 Utah over Fresno State, 45-24

Utah scores two special teams touchdowns on a kickoff and punt return.


Strong Second Half Lifts Utah Football to 24-14 Win over Utah State

Utah scores 10 unanswered points and the defense forces two fourth-quarter turnovers in the win.


Utah Football Defeats Michigan, 24-17, to Open 2015 Season

Utes have three interceptions in front of the largest crowd in Utah history.


UCLA 17, No. 13 Utah 9

Check out the photo gallery from the Utah football game against UCLA.


Utah 34, Washington 23

Photos from Utah @ Washington on November 7, 2015.

UTAH: One of the country’s best linebackers … fast, athletic and instinctive … Miami transfer missed five games in 2014 with a foot injury … has earned two national Defensive Player of the Week awards in his career (Walter Camp vs. Washington in 2015, Athlon Sports vs. Michigan in 2014) … six double-figure tackle games at Utah.

2015--First-team All-Pac-12 … started all 12 games at rover linebacker … second in the Pac-12 in total tackles (109) and third in tackles per game (9.1) … sixth in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss (12.5) and TFL per game (1.14) … three fumble recoveries is tied for the Pac-12 lead and tied for fourth in the nation … two forced fumbles is tied for fourth in the league (tied for second on the team) … tied for third in the Pac-12 with four interceptions and 0.33 picks per game … has a team-high seven takeaways (four interceptions, three fumble recoveries) and has participated in eight total takeaways (four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles with one recovered by Utah) … two pass breakups … named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week against Washington after a 54-yard fumble return for a touchdown, a 27-yard interception return to the 8-yard line, nine tackles and two sacks … named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week against Utah State after an interception, fumble recovery and seven tackles (1.0 TFL) … career-high 17 tackles against USC with 5.5 tackles for loss (1.0 sack, one forced fumble) … 5.5 TFL vs. USC ranks second all-time in a game at Utah … 14 tackles against Michigan for the second-straight season … 13 tackles with an interception and a pass breakup against Colorado … 11 tackles (1.0 TFL) against Arizona State … 10 tackles with an assisted TFL against UCLA … seven tackles with an interception and a forced fumble vs. California … team captain.

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


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