Talent runs deep on 2013 roster
Run game and defense perform well.
Utes and Sun Devils will play in Tempe on Saturday.
UTAH: Came out of spring ball as the co-starter at both middle and rover linebacker ... member of Utah's 2009 signing class redshirted that season before leaving on an LDS church mission ... returned to Utah in December of 2011.
2012-Played in 11 games and started against BYU and UCLA ... 32 tackles and two TFL ... season-high eight tackles against Utah State included an assisted TFL ... six tackles with a forced fumble against BYU ... five tackles and a TFL against UCLA.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-state as a senior in 2008 ... 2008 Region MVP ... first-team all-region in 2007 and 2008 ... 2008 Nike Most Valuable Linebacker ... 2008 all-Polynesian Most Valuable Linebacker ... 99 tackles, five sacks, six pass breakups, seven hurries and three forced fumbles his senior year ... 2007 Bingham High (Utah) MVP ... lettered three years in football ... made high honor roll.
PERSONAL:Son of Tui and Tiana Filiaga ... four brothers and one sister ... cousin Thor Salanoa is a former Ute defensive end ... cousins Harvey Unga and Russell Tialavea played for BYU ... cousin Brandon Manumaleuna spent 10 years in the NFL as a tight end ... uncle Frank Manumaleuna played three years for the Kansas City Chiefs ... has not declared a major ... last name is pronounced Filly-ahn-ga ... full name is Little Tui Raymond Filiaga ... born May 25, 1991.