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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-NAee-ka) ... born June 17, 1992

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