LOGAN, Utah - Being a part of a Division I football team is not an easy task. Senior defensive lineman Havea Lasike (San Jose, Calif.) will be the first to admit that. He will also be the first to admit that the experience has made him stronger and ready to take on the world.
"You have to learn to never give up and fight your way through
obstacles and adversity," Lasike said. "The fact that I overcame
everything to get here. The fact that I had this chance. It's all
Lasike (La-see-kay) started his collegiate career at Foothill
College in Los Altos Hills, Calif., where he earned first-team
all-Northern California Football Association honors after posting 81
tackles his sophomore season. He was tied for eighth in the NCFA in
sacks with nine and was a part of 14 tackles for loss. He was named the
team defensive MVP after leading the Owls to a 9-2 record and the
Silicon Valley Bowl title.
"Foothill was good. I had guidance from my older brother and my
coaches had a huge impact on me," Lasike said. "They were Tongan and
Samoan guys, so it was cool. They could put me in check."
While at Foothill College, Lasike caught the attention of the
Utah State coaches and started working toward securing him to be an
"He was one of the top defensive tackles out of the junior colleges, so we were lucky to get him," said defensive line coach Frank Maile. "He does a great job for us."
Early on during his Utah State career, Lasike experienced
first-hand the difficulties of transferring from junior college to the
Division I level.
"You can't take a day off. You can't take a play off," Lasike
said. "If you're injured or tired in junior college, you could decide
for yourself if you wanted to go to practice or not, that is not the