Dec. 3, 2011
Dec. 3, 2011
Bronze Boot on line Saturday in meeting No. 102
Air Force at Colorado State; Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium
2011 (Senior): An anchor on the defensive line, played in 10 games, with nine starts...Had 15 tackles (four solo), 2½ stops for loss and ½ sack...In season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3), made his third career start, his first since Sept. 18, 2010...Made a pair of second-half plays in home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), throwing Quintin Hildreth for a 3-yard loss in the third quarter, then disrupting the throw of QB Matt Baca on a fourth-quarter interception by Dominique Vinson...Injured his knee late in CU game and did not travel to win at Utah State (Sept. 24), snapping a 40-game playing streak and missing the first game of his life, including high school, other than his 2007 redshirt season as a true freshman at CSU...In loss vs. No. 5 Boise State (Oct. 15), returned to action; did not start but entered on the first series and played much of the game...Returned to lineup in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), and penetrated the backfield in the first quarter to create a tackle for loss...In final game of career, vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), forced a first-quarter incompletion with a hurry on the Cowboys initial drive to help force an eventual punt.
2010 (Junior): CSU's top reserve at both interior positions, played in all 12 games, with one start...Has not missed a game during his college career, having played 37 straight entering his senior year...Collected 10 tackles (five solo), including ½ for loss...Made his second career start in loss at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), playing most of the game on the interior D-line; marked his first start in nearly a year, since Sept. 19, 2009, vs. Nevada...Early in loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), dropped Ed Wesley for a no gain on third-and-1, forcing a punt...Late in first quarter of 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), nearly picked up a third-down sack and flushed QB Stump Godfrey into the arms of CSU teammates, forcing a punt...At SDSU (Nov. 6), combined on a third-quarter play to drop MWC leading rusher Ronnie Hillman for a 3-yard loss.
2009 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 contests, with one start, and racked up 13 stops (four solo), including 2½ for loss, 1½ sacks, one forced fumble and a blocked kick...In season-opening win at Colorado (Sept. 6), saw second-half action as part of CSU's DL rotation, helping to hold the Buffs to 29 yards rushing...Made his first career start in 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), opening as a DE in a 3-4 alignment...Saw significant playing time in conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26)...In second quarter of bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), broke through on a PAT attempt to block the kick, which was returned 75 yards by Elijah-Blu Smith, but an offsides flag nullified the play...In last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21), made three significant second-half plays; first, blocked a PAT late in the third quarter to hold the Lobos' lead at 23-21, then sacked Donovan Porterie on back-to-back plays in the fourth, forcing a fumble recovered by UNM with CSU protecting a 27-23 lead...In 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), combined to drop Alvester Alexander for a 2-yard loss, forcing an eventual second-quarter punt.
2008 (Freshman): Played in all 13 games, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20), as a reserve DL...Recorded one tackle...Made his debut in season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31)...Saw second-quarter action on the DL in victory vs. Houston (Sept. 20), and considerable snaps at Cal (Sept. 27)...Played much TCU game (Oct. 11).
High School: Played TE and DL at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz. ...Attended HHS as a junior and senior...Named all-region and honorable mention all-state as a senior by the Arizona Republic...Led the team with 25 receptions for 260 yards and four TDs, and also paced the Hawks with seven sacks...Finished the season with 49 total tackles (24 solo), two fumbles recovered and two PBUs...Played his first two seasons at Life School, a college preparatory institution in Mesa, Ariz., before the school disbanded its football program...Lettered four years in football, three in basketball and three in track.
Personal: Given name Nuku Mo Vaha'i Latu...Born Sept. 3, 1989, in Mesa, Ariz. ...Son of Siaki and Kulalita Latu...Has one brother and one sister...Younger brother, Mo, is a defensive lineman with the Arizona State Sun Devils...Cousin, Deuce Lutui, played for USC and currently starts for the Arizona Cardinals...Another cousin is former NFL return man and two-time Pro Bowler Vai Sikahema...Visited Foothills Gateway adult-care services to play video games such as Wii, put puzzles together, and get to know some of the members and their families in February before the '10 season...For a week during the summer of 2010, helped struggling students with reading at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins' Bauder Elementary, working with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...Prior to 2011 fall practice, interacted with teenagers at the Boys and Girls Club in Loveland, Colo. ...A communications studies major...Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.