UNLV

93 Sonny Sanitoa

  • Defensive Line
  • Grade: Freshman
  • Height: 6′3″
  • Weight: 235 lbs
UNLV: An emerging pass rusher who is the team's active leader in career quarterback sacks with 7.0 ... Listed No. 1 at one defensive end spot after spring practice ... Last name is pronounced "SUN-e-TOW-ah" ... Followed in the footsteps of two UNLV defensive linemen that also hailed from American Samoa (Isaako Aaitui and Daniel Mareko, who completed their careers in 2010) ... Earned a spot on the UNLV Dean's Honor List for the fall 2011 semester.

2013: Started all 13 games at one defensive end spot ... Totaled a career-high 34 tackles, including 5.5 TFL ... Added two QB sacks for a loss of eight yards ... Matched his career-high with five takedowns vs. Utah State in Game 10.

2012: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in nine games, including starting the final eight dates of the campaign at DE ... Missed the first third of the season because of injury ... Finished with 28 tackles and a forced fumble ... Recorded a sack in the first three games of his career en route to a team-leading five overall ... Those five sacks tied a UNLV freshman record for a season.

2011: Redshirted season.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Samoana HS ... Was a four-year letterman playing for coach Simon Mageo ... Registered more than 30 tackles along with 7.5 sacks as a senior for the Sharks ... Was a two-time all-league selection ... Also lettered in baseball as a pitcher and first baseman and basketball as a center and power forward.

PERSONAL: Sonny Miki Sanitoa was born Sept. 25, 1993, in Los Angeles, CA ... The son of Larry Sanitoa and Deanna Fuimaono ... Has four brothers, Stefan, Shanahan, Sloane and Sheyenne, and two sisters, Savannah and Simone ... Majoring in criminal justice.

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