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Monday, February 21, 2011
Miami DolphinsPaul Soliai
6'4" / 355
2010 DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
As a youngster growing up in Pago Pago, American Samoa, Paul enjoyed playing rugby. He participated in the sport during his summers in college, primarily to keep up his conditioning.
Was a fourth-round draft choice (108th overall) of the Dolphins in 2007.
PRO 2010 - For the season had 39 tackles and two sacks for ten yards in losses ... Started 14 times and played in a reserve role twice ... Finished second on the team in tackles once this season ... On Jan. 2nd at New England had six tackles and one fumble recovery, coming when Kendall Langford forced Patriots running back Danny Woodhead to fumble ... On Dec. 12th at N.Y. Jets had three tackles including one sack, tackling Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for no yards ... On Dec. 5th vs. Cleveland finished tied for second on the team in tackles with four stops ... On Nov. 7th at Baltimore had three tackles including one sack, tackling Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for a ten-yard loss ... It was his first career sack.
2009 - Saw action in 14 games with five starts ... Was inactive for two contests due to an ankle injury ... Finished with career-high 25 tackles and added a forced fumble and a pass defensed ... Had three tackles at San Diego (9/27) ... Made first career start and posted a career-high six tackles at New York Jets (11/1) ... Recorded four tackles at Jacksonville (12/13).
2008 - Played in 14 games, all in a reserve role ... Had three tackles on the season ... Was inactive vs. Baltimore (10/19) and at St. Louis (11/30) after being suspended both games for a violation of team regulations ... Played in a reserve role in AFC Wild Card game vs. Baltimore (1/4/09) and had one tackle and a forced fumble.
2007 - Played in eight games, all in a reserve role, as a rookie ... Dressed but did not play in four games and was inactive for four contests ... Registered three tackles on the year ... Did not see action over the final four contests, the last three of which he was inactive.
Was a two-year letterman at Utah (2005-06) ... Played in 24 games with 12 starts and collected 40 tackles, five stops for loss, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Opened all 12 contests in which he appeared at nose tackle as a senior when he recorded 35 tackles, 3.5 stops for loss, 2.5 sacks, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Also blocked a PAT ... Was a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection ... Redshirted in 2004 after transferring following a two-year stint at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College (2002-03) where he played offensive guard ... Earned JUCO All-America honors in his final season and was a two-time All-Jayhawk Community College Conference pick ... Majored in sociology.
Married (Letasha) ... Attended Nuuuli Poly-Tech in Pago Pago, American Samoa ... Lettered in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball ... In football, played linebacker and served as team captain ... Is one of eight children of Florence Levao, who played softball at San Francisco State ... Stepfather is the Reverend Foto Levao ... Participated in the Miami Dolphins Foundation’s Kids Fishing Clinic ... Took part in the team’s Thanksgiving Meal and Jolidat toy giveaways ... Visited a Kids In Distress foster home ... Worked with disabled individuals as part of Hometown Huddle ... Took part in the inaugural Miami Dolphins Touchdown For Life Blood Drive ... Full name is Paul Fuapapa Soliai, born December 30, 1983 in Orange County, Calif.