Iuta Tepa has recovered from the torn pectoral muscle that he suffered in last year’s victory over Houston, and the redshirt sophomore will participate in spring practices. 2009 four-star recruit Keenan Graham will get more consistent playing time as a redshirt sophomore, and needs to take the next step in his development in order to reach his potential. First, though, he needs to fully recover from hip surgery.
UCLA - Iuta figures to compete for playing time at defensive end and could contend for the starting spot opposite Datone Jones ... Possesses good quickness and gained valuable experience as a true freshman a year ago ... An aggressive pass rusher.
2009 - Saw action off the bench in five games ... Did not play in the first four games of the season ... Credited with one tackle in his first game against Oregon ... Appeared for limited action against Cal, at Oregon St. and Washington, but did not record a tackle ... On the field for 11 snaps at Washington State.
HIGH SCHOOL - Played four seasons at Long Beach (CA) Polytechnic HS for coach Raul Lara ... Rated No. 3 defensive end in the state of California and No. 5 in the West by scout.com ... Ranked No. 40 nationally among defensive ends by scout.com ... Rated No. 78 defensive end by ESPNU ... Member of scout.com California 101 (no. 44) ... SuperPrep All-Far West No. 51 prospect ... Scout.com West Hot 150 (No. 68) ... Rated No. 63 California prospect by rivals.com ... Earned three stars from scout.com and rivals.com ... Rated No. 39 strongside defensive end by rivals.com ... Selected first-team All-America by MaxPreps ... PrepStar All-West Region selection ... Named All-State Division I first team by MaxPreps ... CalHiSports.com All-State first team ... Named to GoldenStatePreps.com All-State first team and All-Southern California first team ... CIF-SS Pac-5 Division first team ... Named L.A.Times Lineman of the Year ... As a senior, he made 107 tackles, including 16 sacks and 19 tackles for loss while serving as team captain ... Named Moore League Defensive Lineman of the Year ... First-team all-league selection ... Helped his high school team win the CIF-SS Pac-5 title and reach California State Open Division title game ... Also played one season of volleyball.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Iuta Tepa, Jr. ... Born: April 22, 1991 in Long Beach, CA ... Parents: Iuta and Alameda Tepa ... Has a brother, Josh, and a sister, Kathy ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill to date as stopping Orange Lutheran on a last-minute scoring opportunity in a 2007 Pac-5 CIF semi-final win ... Lists NFL defensive linemen Jared Allen and Julius Peppers as the athletes he admires the most ... Hobbies include football, basketball, volleyball; listening to music; hanging out with friends ... Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2010 ... Undeclared major.