Sunday, April 29, 2012
James Aiono, DT, Utah signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent
James Aiono (DE/DT)
Utah starting defensive tackle James Aiono was the only projected NFL draft pick for the team.
UTAH: Played in 23 games in his two-year career, primarily at defensive tackle, but also some at defensive end ... initially signed with Utah out of high school in 2007 but first went to Snow College.
2011-Played in all 13 games with starts against Montana State and USC ... two total tackles ... two pass breakups (Arizona State and USC).
2010-Played in 10 games ... 10 tackles ... season-high four tackles against San Jose State ... assisted tackle for loss against Iowa State.
PRIOR TO UTAH: 2008 first-team junior college All-American was rated the No. 1 junior college recruit in the nation in 2008 by Rivals.com ... Western States Football League 2008 Defensive MVP and first-team all-conference defensive lineman ... 2007 second-team All-American and first-team all-WSFL ... led Snow College to the WSFL title both years ... first-team all-state and all-region as a senior at Murray High School (Utah) in 2006 ... won four letters in football ... rated the fourth-best prospect in the state by Scout.com coming out of high school.
PERSONAL: Son of Ta'aloga and Ali'itasi Aiono ... youngest of five children ... married (Malvina) ... earned a bachelor's degree in sociology ... full name is James Pelenise Aiono (pronounced eye-oh-no) ... born Jan. 23, 1989 in Anaheim, Calif