PAUL FUAPAPA SOLIAIApril 29, 2007
Defensive Tackle/Nose Guard/Offensive Guard
University of Utah
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Coffeyville Community College
Nuuuli Poly-technical High School
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One of eight children, Soliai was team captain and an offensive lineman at Nuuuli Poly Tech in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He also lettered in basketball and soccer. Upon graduating, Soliai moved to the United States. He enrolled at Coffeyville Community College in 2002, where he
excelled as an offensive guard. The two-time All-Jayhawk Community College Conference choice added All-American honorable mention as a freshman and first-team national honors in 2003.
Soliai transferred to the University of Utah in 2004, spending the season redshirting on the scout team. He suited up for the team’s fourth game of the season vs. Air Force, but did not appear in that game. He shifted to the defensive line in 2005 spring camp, gaining valuable experience behind Kelly Talavou at nose guard. He managed just five tackles (4 solos) with a sack and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Soliai earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2006, starting the team’s first twelve games at nose guard. He registered 35 tackles (13 solos) with 2.5 sacks, 3.5 stops for losses and four pass deflections. He caused and recovered a fumble while also blocking an extra point attempt.
In 24 games at Utah, Soliai started 12 contests. He produced 40 tackles (14 solos) with 3.5 sacks for minus 27 yards and five stops for losses totaling 31 yards. He caused and recovered a fumble. He also was credited with four pass break-ups and one blocked kick.
The team compiled a 5-1 record in games that Soliai had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
All-Mountain West Conference second-team selection…Started the first twelve games at nose guard…Recorded 35 tackles (13 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus 17 yards and 3.5 stops for losses of 19 yards…Recovered and caused a fumble…Blocked an extra point attempt and had four pass deflections.
2006 GAME ANALYSIS
UCLA…In his first career start, he responded with three solo tackles…Head to Head Competition-OC#54-Robert Chai.
Northern Arizona…Posted four tackles (3 assists with a pair of pass deflections, a 2-yard sack and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage)…Took down Jason Murrietta for no gain on a third-&-1 run late in the first quarter Sacked Murrietta for a 5-yard loss early in the second quarter…Head to Head Competition-OC#55-Kevin Meagher.
Boise State…Totaled a career-high six tackles (5 solos) and sacked QB Jarad Zabransky for a 10-yard loss on first-&-goal at the start of the fourth quarter…Earlier, with 2:40 left in the third quarter, he stopped Zabransky for no gain on a second-&-goal run…Head to Head Competition-
Texas Christian…Followed with five tackles (2 solos), causing a fumble that he recovered when he stripped the ball from Marcus Jackson on a 1-yard run at the TCU 11 with 11:28 left in the game…Killed a third quarter drive when he stopped Lonta Hobbs for no gain on a rushing attempt and on the next play, third-&-3, he took down Jackson at the line of scrimmage, forcing the Horned Frogs to punt…Head to Head Competition-OC#75-Blake Schlueter.
Wyoming…Managed four assisted tackles…Head to Head Competition-OC#69-Jason Karcher. Nevada-Las Vegas…Registered four tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped David Peeples for a 1-yard loss on a second-&-10 run at the start of the fourth quarter…Head to Head Competition-OC#54-Aaron Mueller.
Colorado State…Credited with a pair of tackles, assisting Martai Burnett in sacking QB Caleb Hanie for a 10-yard loss on third-&-2 with 7:33 left in the third quarter…Head to Head Competition-OC#64-Nick Allotta.
Brigham Young…Deflected a pass, produced two assisted tackles and blocked an extra point attempt at the start of the fourth quarter in his final collegiate game…Head to Head Competition- OC#67-Sete Aulai.
Played in twelve games at nose guard behind Kelly Talavou…Saw action mostly in short yardage situations…Finished with just five tackles (4 assists), a 10-yard sack and 1.5 stops for losses totaling 12 yards.
2005 GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Registered his first career sack, taking down QB Adam Austin for a 10-yard loss with 1:00 left in the first half vs. Arizona…Credited with four tackles, assisting Derek Beardall in taking down Ryan Bohm for a 4-yard loss on a third-&-6 screen pass thrown by Bernard Jackson with 9:44
remaining in the game.
Redshirted during his first year at Utah…Suited up for the fourth game vs. Air Force, but did not play.
Enrolled at Coffeyville Community College in 2002, where he excelled as an offensive guard…The two-time All-Jayhawk Community College Conference choice added All-American honorable mention as a freshman in 2002 and first-team national honors in 2003.
Sociology major…One of eight children of Florence Levao Mother played softball at San Francisco State…Step-father is the Reverend Foto Levao…Born Paul Fuapapa Soliai on 12/30/83 in Orange County, California…Resides in Pago Pago, American Samoa.