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  Asi Faoa
Asi Faoa

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Anaheim, CA

High School:
Magnolia

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 274

Position:
DE

Birthdate:
01/24/1981

UCLA — Asi is a talented defender who figures to compete for significant playing time and a starting role at left defensive end … Possesses the size and athleticism to play any of the four spots along the front line … He is very effective with good use of pad leverage … Faoa is a great technician in the area of pass rush skills … Began his Bruin career as a linebacker and made a smooth transition to the line following his freshman season.

2002 — Saw action in all 13 games at defensive end with one start against Oregon … Had 24 tackles on the year, including two sacks and three tackles for loss … At San Diego State, he made a career-best six tackles, including one sack and one forced fumble … Had one sack at Oregon State … Made his second career start, first as a defensive lineman, against Oregon and had two solo tackles … Made one tackle for loss at Cal and broke up a pass versus Stanford … Had one tackle against both Washington and Arizona … Made two solo stops in the USC game … Had two tackles in the game against Washington State … Had three tackles in the bowl game win over New Mexico … Was a member of the punt return, kickoff return, field goal block, punt return and kickoff return units on special teams during the season.

2001 — Saw action in all 11 games at left defensive end … Was on the field for at least 15 plays in six games with a high of 27 against California … Also appeared as a special teams performer on the field goal block team … Credited with six tackles overall, including five solos, and two tackles for loss … Had one tackle in six different games.

2000 — Saw limited action as a second-year freshman, switching from linebacker to defensive end during the season … Appeared in a total of five games … Played five snaps at end versus both Stanford and Wisconsin and earned the remainder of his playing time on special teams (kickoff return and kickoff coverage).

1999 — Faoa played in each of the first three games until being sidelined by back problems … Was granted a medical hardship year and has one season of eligibility remaining … Started the opener against Boise State … Played 17 snaps at Ohio State and 11 versus Boise State … Made one assisted tackle in the opener.

HIGH SCHOOL —Earned three varsity letters in football for coach Bill Freidrich at Anaheim’s Magnolia High … PrepStar All-West selection … Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 … Named Orange County Register Male Athlete of the Year for all sports … Selected All-CIF Division IX … One of Orange County’s Top 25 prospects (Orange County Register) … Twice selected first-team All-Orange League (as a wide receiver in 1998) … Broke school record for tackling points in one game and one season … In 10 games, he made 94 tackles as a senior in 1998, including nine sacks … Also forced three fumbles and recovered one and tipped four passes … On offense, he made 17 receptions for a team-best 309 yards and four touchdowns … Carried ball 57 times for 354 yards and three TDs … Led his team as a senior with 184 tackling points … Broke the school record with 38 tackling points in a single game … Selected for team Iron Man and Big Hit awards … A fine all-around athlete, he also lettered in basketball for coach Al Walin and in track for coach Tim Scalzo … Team captain in basketball and averaged 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior … Tied the school record with a 38-point effort … Named team MVP … Advanced to the second round of the CIF track and field meet in the shot put to earn All-CIF honors … Also named all-league in track.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Asiolefolasa Asoau Faoa … Born: January 24, 1981 in Orange, CA … Parents: Folasa and Akemie Faoa … Has five younger brothers and sisters … Lists former UCLA running back DeShaun Foster as one of the athletes he admires … Hobbies include Polynesian dance and working out … High School Student Body president … Earned spot on Director’s Honor Roll in Spring 2001 (3.33 GPA) … Political Science major.

Varsity Statistics - A. Faoa
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

1999

1

0-1

0

0

0

2000

2

1-1

0

0

0

2001

6

5-1

0

2-3

0

2002

24

20-4

2-8

3-9

0

Totals

33

26-7

2-8

5-12

0

Career Highs:
Tackles: 6 vs. San Diego State, 2002


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