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  Jason Fanaika
Jason  Fanaika

Player Profile

Pleasant Grove, Utah

High School:
Pleasant Grove HS

Last College:
Utah State

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 270





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

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


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: Powerful defensive end has also played outside linebacker ... Utah's strongest player has an 830-pound squat and 495-pound bench press.

2015--Played in all 11 games with eight starts at right end … 44 total tackles leads the linemen (fifth on the team) … 9.0 tackles for loss (second on the team) and 2.5 sacks … tied for second on the team (fourth in the Pac-12) with two forced fumbles … season-high seven tackles (one sack) with a forced fumble against Utah State … six tackles (2.5 TFL) vs. Oregon State … five tackles (1.5 sacks) with a forced fumble and pass breakup against Oregon … five tackles (1.0 TFL) at Arizona … five tackles (1.5 TFL) vs. UCLA.

2014--Played in all 13 games with eight starts (two at defensive end, six at linebacker) ... 55 tackles included 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks ... two sacks against and a fumble recovery against Washington State ... season-high 10 tackles at Oregon State ... nine tackles vs. Arizona ... eight tackles (3.0 TFL) against Colorado ... intercepted a pass against USC ... forced a fumble at Stanford.


PRIOR TO UTAH: Played for Utah State in 2010 (as a true freshman) and 2011, before leaving for an LDS Church mission in Indianapolis ... recorded 14 tackles over 11 games with four starts in 2011, including two TFL and a half sack ... in 2010, he played in 10 games with one start, registering 15 tackles with a season-high five tackles against Nevada ... also forced a fumble and recorded a pass breakup against the Wolfpack ... 2009 Deseret News 5A honorable mention all-state defensive end for Pleasant Grove High (Utah) ... Provo Daily Herald all-Valley team ... 2009 first-team all-region ... in 2009, had 21 tackles with five sacks and one interception in helping Pleasant Grove to an 8-3 record and a berth in the state quarterfinals ... also played tight end, with 28 catches for 310 yards and six TDs ... helped Pleasant Grove end Timpview High's state-record 36-game win streak ... led Pleasant Grove to a 10-2 record as a junior, winning the Region 4 title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs.

PERSONAL: Son of Sefita and Navu Fanaika ... one of eight children ... brother Brandon is an offensive lineman at Stanford ... wife Brittney ... served a church mission in Indianapolis ... sociology major will receive his bachelor's degree in December ... full name is Jason Sefita Fanaika (pronounced fah-NAee-ka) ... born June 17, 1992

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