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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mt SAC Nu'uese Punimata Signs with UTEP

Samoana and Mt Sac linebacker Nu'uese Punimata has signed with UTEP.

The 6-1, 215-pound Punimata was a first team All-Conference linebacker a year ago at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Despite playing in only seven of 10 games, the native Samoan racked up 31 tackles, including 4.5 for losses, for an 8-2 team.

“Nuuese is a great character kid,” said Mount San Antonio College coach Bob Jastrab. “He never misses a workout. He’s a ‘yes, sir’ type of guy who will run through a wall for you. He’s hard-nosed. When he’s on the field he’s just an animal.”

In addition, UTEP signed JayBoy Leomiti out of Fullerton College.

The 6-4, 290-pound Leomiti played defensive end at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif. for the last two seasons. He led all Hornet defensive linemen with 28 tackles in 2006, including 3.5 for losses. He also attended Sante Fe Springs High School in Anaheim, Calif.

“I think he has the potential to be an impact player at UTEP,” said Fullerton College coach Gene Murphy. “He’s big, strong and fast. He’ll get better every game. As big as his body is, his heart is equally as big.”

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