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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

West Virginia transfer Tevita Finau

Finau originally signed with Oregon State out of Kahuku High School and signed with West Viriginia in 2008. However, he had to complete his AA and will enroll in 2009.

Tevita Finau, DL, 6-5, 290, Lahaina, Hawaii/Phoenix College
Coached by former Mountaineer standout Dale Wolfley as a freshman and Land Jacobsen as a
sophomore at Phoenix College … two-time region defensive player of the year … first team All-Western
States Football League … finished with 53 tackles, including 30 solo stops, six sacks and a forced
fumble … helped lead Phoenix College to a 7-3 record as a sophomore, an appearance in the Valley
of the Sun Bowl, the Western States Football League championship and a final national ranking of
No. 12 … as a freshman, he earned 2007 second-team NJCAA All-American honors … collected 90
tackles, including 58 solo tackles, nine sacks, 20 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble
recoveries and six pass breakups … runs a 4.7/40-yard dash and benches 365 pounds … coached
by Suaki Livai at Kahuku High School … helped guide the Red Raiders to the 2004 Hawaii state
championship … also participated in basketball … three-year first-team all-state honoree … also offered
by Auburn, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisville, Oklahoma, USC, Tennessee and Oregon …
son of Tolu and Takinima Finau.

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