Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tevita Finau signs with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.

UTAH: Developed into a dominating defensive tackle as a senior ... also played end ... did not play in 2009 after completing his junior college career ... got a late start to his first season at Utah in 2010.

2011-Played in all 13 games, starting the final four games of the season ... 37 tackles with 5.0 TFL and 3.0 sacks ... played a huge role in Utah's Sun Bowl win against Georgia Tech, recording a career-high 10 tackles with a TFL ... six tackles against UCLA ... five tackles against Oregon State included three sacks, which tied for the 12th-best single-game total in the country ... two pass breakups (Pitt and Montana State) ... four tackles against Arizona State.

2010-After joining the team in the fourth week of the season, he got his first playing time a week later against Iowa State ... played in the final eight games of the regular season with a start against TCU ... missed the Las Vegas bowl with a shoulder injury ... five total tackles.

PRIOR TO UTAH: Second-team NJCAA All-American at Phoenix College in 2007 ... 2008 region Co-Defensive Player of the Year ... 2008 All-WSFL second-team defense ... 89 tackles in 10 games with 19 TFL, seven sacks and three forced fumbles in 2007 ... 53 tackles, 11 TFL and a forced fumble in 2008 ... grayshirted in 2006 ... attended three high schools in Hawaii: Lahaina HS as a freshman and sophomore, Maui HS as a junior and Kahuka HS as a senior ... Kahuka won the 2004 Hawaii state championship ... three-year first-team all-state honoree in football and basketball.

PERSONAL: Son of Tolu and Finau Takinima ... four brothers and one sister ... married to the former Adrianne Galeai ... daughter Aila ... born in Hamilton, New Zealand, he was raised in Hawaii and Tonga ... lived in Maui until he was eight, in Tonga from years 8-to-12 and in Hawaii until he finished high school ... scheduled to graduate in spring 2012 with a degree in sociology ... full name is Tevita Tolu Finau (pronounced ta-vee-ta Fee-now) ... born Jan. 13, 1986.

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