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#96 Iuta Tepa
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 259
Year: Junior
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
High School: Poly
Experience: 2 Letters
UCLA - Iuta figures to compete for playing time at defensive end ... Possesses good quickness and gained valuable experience in 2011, his first full season of action. 2011 - Appeared in 13 games off the bench ... Made one stop and had a fumble recovery at Houston ... Had two stops against San Jose State, 0.5 for loss, and one versus Texas ... Made two tackles, one for loss, at Oregon State ... Totaled two tackles each in games against Utah (one sack), Arizona and Washington State ... Made three tackles against Colorado, with one for loss ... One stop at USC ... Credited with two tackles at Oregon, one for loss ... Did not record a tackle against Illinois.

2010 - Saw action off the bench in the first three games of the season, before injuring his shoulder (torn pectoral muscle) ... Sat out the remainder of the season following surgery and has been granted a substitute season of eligibility ... Had two tackles each in games against Kansas State (0.5 sack) and Stanford ... Played against Houston, but was not credited with a tackle before being injured.

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 ... Sociology major.

Career Highs
Tackles: 3 vs. Colorado, 2011
Tackles for loss: 1.0 multiple times, last at Oregon, 2011
Sacks: 1.0 at Utah, 2011

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