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  Jason Fanaika
Jason  Fanaika

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pleasant Grove, Utah

High School:
Pleasant Grove HS

Last College:
Utah State

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 270

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
06/17/1992

Experience:
1VL

UTAH: Will start at right end … can also play outside linebacker, but plans are for him to play mostly defensive end in 2015 … Utah State transfer joined the Utes in the fall of 2013.

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.

2013–Redshirt.

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-nah-ee-ka) … born June 17, 1992

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