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#28 Viliami "Laiu" Moeakiola
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Euless, Texas
High School: Trinity
Experience: 2 Letters

Moeakiola (far right) poses with his Trinity HS teammates on signing day.

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OVERVIEW:

  • Fearless defender that is capable in run support and in coverage.
  • Will be a co-captain in 2015 and anchor the pivotal SPUR position in ASU's defense.

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2014):

  • Recorded 5.5 tackles per game this season
  • All Pac-12 Honorable Mention
  • Logged his first career sack in the opener against Weber State (8/28).
  • Recorded nine tackles against New Mexico (09/06)
  • Added a sack and four tackles against USC (10/4)
  • Had five tackles and half a tackle for loss against Stanford (10/18)
  • Wreaked havoc against Washington (10/25), finishing with a career-high 10 tackles with two sacks and forced fumble
  • Recorded nine tackles against Duke in the Sun Bowl (12/27)

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2013):

  • Saw action in 10 games including his first career start against Sacramento State and first career start at SPUR linebacker against Utah.
  • Had 21 tackles on the season including one tackle for loss.
  • Recorded one pass deflection against Sacramento State to go along with three tackles.

TRUE FRESHMAN (2012):

  • Saw action in two games, including the season opener against NAU (8/30) as well as against Missouri (9/15) before an injury cut his freshman campaign short. 
  • Redshirted on the year. 
  • Made an immediate impact in the first-career game, recording an interception which he returned for 22 yards.
  • Accumulated four tackles on the season (three solo).

HIGH SCHOOL:

  • Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 42 safety in the nation and the No. 92 overall prospect in the state of Texas, listed by Scout.com as the No. 104 safety recruit in the country, rated by ESPN as the nation's No. 150 safety prospect.
  • Is a cousin of former ASU defensive lineman David Moala.
  • Chose ASU over reported FBS offers from Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, North Texas, Tulsa and UCLA.
  • Coached by Steve Lineweaver at Trinity High School.
CAREER G SOLO ASSIST TACKLES TFL PD FF FR BLK
2012 4 3 1 4 0.0 1 0 0 0
2013 2 6 2 8 0.0 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 9 3 12 0.0 2 0 0 0
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