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  Jason Kaufusi
Jason Kaufusi

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Salt Lake City

High School:
East HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 250

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
02/27/1979

Experience:
3VL

UTAH: All-America candidate is a two-time first-team all-conference defensive end ... one of 36 players nationwide named to Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List (award goes to nation's top defensive player) ... also named to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List ... MWC's best returning defensive lineman is smart and instinctive ... explosive player has started at rush end since his freshman year when he was named 2000 MWC Defensive Freshman of the year ... 38.5 career tackles for loss ranks second in school history ... 19 career sacks ranks fifth at Utah ... did not participate in spring drills due to off-season shoulder surgery ... signed with Utah in 1997 before leaving for LDS church mission to Panama City (1998-00) ... participates in Utah's Student Athlete Mentors (SAMS) program ... selected to 2003 Utah Football Leadership Committee (dependable, team player, strong academics and discipline, team spokesman).

2002: First-team all-conference ... also named to all-conference first team by The Sporting News, College Football News and the Las Vegas Review Journal ... started and played 10 games (missed one game with a concussion) ... led Utah in tackles for loss (10.5-63 yards) and sacks (6-44 yards) ... 38 total tackles ... third-best tackle average among MWC's defensive linemen (3.8 tpg) ... also broke up 2 passes and forced 2 fumbles... named MWC defensive player of the week on Sept. 16 after great game against Arizona, when he had 11 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.

2001: First-team all-conference ... tied for fourth in MWC in both sacks (5) and tackles for loss (12) ... 5 sacks was second on team ... 36 total tackles, 4 pass breakups and 2 quarterback hurries ... best overall game came in win over Indiana (7 tackles, 3 for loss, and 1 sack) ... 6 tackles against Air Force included 1 for loss ... started all 12 games, including Las Vegas Bowl.

2000: Voted MWC co-Freshman of the year and honorable mention all-conference by league's coaches ... MWC Defensive Newcomer of the year by league's media ... named first-team all-conference by Football News ... true freshman started all nine games he played at "open" end ... missed UNLV and Wyoming games with ankle injury ... despite missing two games, led utes with 16 tackles for loss ... second in sacks with 8 ... 63 total tackles was seventh, but 7.0 tackles per game average ranked fourth ... second in quarterback hurries (8) ... led Utes in tackles in very first collegiate game (8 vs. Arizona) ... best game was at Cal: season-best 9 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 quarterback hurries ... 8 tackles, 2 for loss vs. Washington State ... 8 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 sack and 1 hurry vs. Colorado State.

HIGH SCHOOL: 1996 National Utah Player of the year ... first-team all-state and all-region as junior and senior for East High (Utah) ... 1996 4A MVP ... region MVP ... led East in sacks as senior with 16 ... also played tight end and caught 17 passes for 327 yards ... East went 13-0 and won 4-A state championship in 1996.

PERSONAL: Son of Petelo and Eveline Kaufusi ... last name is pronounced ka-foo-see ... fourth Kaufusi brother to play at Utah (others were Doug, Henry and Jeff) ... he and his wife Tenille have a daughter, Taliana ... interests include fishing, drawing, basketball and music ... behavioral science and health major ... born Feb. 27, 1979.

YEAR G/GS UT AT TOT TFL SACKS
2000 9/9 30 33 63 16-53 8-34
2001 11/11 18 18 36 12-40 5-26
2002 10/10 25 13 38 10.5-63 6-44
Totals 30/30 73 64 137 38.5-156 19-104
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