Named First Team All-Mountain West and UNLV Defensive Most Valuable Player for 2012, his total of 120 tackles was the 10th-highest in the school's single-season history. A team captain, he turned in a career-high 19 total tackles vs. Nevada, Reno and grabbed his first interception vs. Washington State.
Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 12 games, including taking over as a starter late in the year ... Joined the team in time for fall preseason camp ... Worked his way onto the depth chart after a solid camp effort ... Ranked third on the team with 60 total tackles, including 3 TFL ... Tied for the team high in tackles with 13 vs. No. 5 Boise State.
A 2009 graduate of Baldwin HS in Wailuku, HI ... Was a three-year letterman for coach A.J. Rolos ... Helped lead the Bears to three Maui Interscholastic League championships as a linebacker and fullback ... Named the MIL Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season.
John Taufa Lotulelei was born on Dec. 4, 1991, in Kihei, HI ... The son of Mele and Hanisi Lotulelei ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.