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#28 Viliami (Laiu) Moeakiola
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 212
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Euless, Texas
High School: Trinity HS
Experience: 2 Letters

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

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  • Fearless defender that is capable in run support and in coverage.

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
  • Was second on the team with eight tackles and a tackle for loss against Washington State (11/22)
  • 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.

  • Set a career high for tackles against Wisconsin with five.

  • 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:

  • Earned All-Midlands Region honors by PrepStar.

  • Ranked by as the No. 42 safety in the nation and the No. 92 overall prospect in the state of Texas, listed by as the No. 104 safety recruit in the country, rated by ESPN as the nation's No. 150 safety prospect.

  • Runs a 4.5 40-yard dash.

  • Is a cousin of ASU defensive lineman David Moala.

  • Has solid size, toughness and tackling ability for his position.

  • Is a product of the same high school as former Sun Devils Saia Falahola and Dimitri Nance.

  • Chose ASU over reported FBS offers from Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, North Texas, Tulsa and UCLA.

  • Committed to ASU on Feb. 1, 2012, National Letter of Intent Signing Day: "I had a lot of fun [on my official visit]," said Moeakiola. "The coaches are real cool people and the people out there were very outgoing, very welcoming."

  • Coached by Steve Lineweaver at Trinity High School.
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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