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56 Ronnie Paulo

Ronnie Paulo
  • Linebacker
  • Grade: Senior
  • Height: 6′2″
  • Weight: 235 lbs
Greene's Take: Like Starr Fuimaono, Paulo has dealt with several tough injuries over the last couple of seasons. Still, he's been productive, last year posting 59 stops and 3.5 tackles for loss. He'll be the leader of the UNLV defense as a senior, as Bobby Hauck has glowed so far about the middle linebacker's work ethic.

UNLV: A big-hitting honors candidate at linebacker who was chosen to represent the Rebel defense at the annual MWC Media Days event this summer ... A returning starter from Las Vegas who is listed as the starter at MLB heading into fall ... A preseason Second Team All-MWC selection by Phil Steele's, which also ranked him the preseason No. 52 ILB in the nation.

2009: Played and started in 10 games ... Missed two games because of injury ... Finished with 59 total tackles, including 3.5 for loss ... Also recovered a fumble ... Twice had 11 tackles in a game (wins over Sacramento State and Colorado State) ... A preseason Third Team All-MWC selection by Phil Steele's.

2008: Started in 11 games, missing only the BYU date ... Finished second on team with 90 total tackles, including two TFL ... Posted a career-high 12 takedowns in the season-opening win over Utah State ... Also reached double digits with 10 TT at CSU, 10 vs. Wyoming and 11 at SDSU.

2007: Played in eight games as a rookie, mostly on special teams ... Recorded seven total tackles.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate from Western HS ... The Sunset Division Defensive MVP in 2005 helped coach Bryan Murray's squad to a conference runner-up finish ... Posted 150 tackles (108 solo), one interception, one sack and three forced fumbles as a senior for the Warriors. PERSONAL: Ronnie Rich Paulo was born on Dec. 19, 1987, in Oshakati, Namibia, Africa ... The son of Rosa Paulo ... Has three sisters, Milagre, Mona and Pearl ... Majoring in sociology.

--Courtesy of UNLVRebels.com
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