Nifae Lealao 77
Nifae  Lealao

Sacramento, Calif.

High School:
Capital Christian

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 312





Energy high at Saturday scrimmage

Commodores hold 59-play scrimmage in stadium Saturday night


Dores on the Web

News, notes on Vanderbilt athletics


Dores put in quality work Friday

Squad primed for second scrimmage


Lealao, Auwae-McMoore named to Polynesian Player of Year watch list

Duo only two SEC players on list


Offense impressive on Tuesday

Shurmur sparks unit in 11-on-11 team drills


Vanderbilt 17, Georgia 16

The Commodores defeat Georgia, on October 15, 2016.


Florida 13, Vanderbilt 6

Photos from No. 23 Florida @ Vanderbilt on October 1, 2016.


Vanderbilt Football vs. Florida. Russell (8/1/16)

Vanderbilt hosted the No. 23 Florida Gators. Photos by John Russell (8/1/16)


Russell's game photos

Photos from the Vanderbilt-Georgia Tech game Sept. 17, 2016 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.


Russell's Photos

Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina

2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2014-15 Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll

Lealao had a superb season in his third year as an interior defensive lineman for the Commodores... Starting 11 of 13 games at nose tackle, Lealao established new career highs with 15 solo tackles, 22 total tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 quarterback sacks, three defensed passes and a fumble recovery... Registered a career-high six solo tackles and a fumble recovery against Kentucky... Produced sacks versus Tennessee State and Missouri... Added tackles for loss in conference games against Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss.

Lealao enjoyed his best season as a sophomore defensive lineman... Lealao played in all 12 regular season games, earning starting assignments at nose tackle against late-season SEC foes Florida, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Tennessee... Showed improvement and greater confidence with each game played... Posted game highs of nine solo tackles and 18 total tackles during the season... Career high of four total tackles came vs. Georgia... Capped year off with three solo stops at Tennessee... Also contributed a blocked field goal at Ole Miss. 

Lealao was the only true freshman to see action on the interior defensive front, serving as a reserve to veteran defensive tackle Vince Taylor...Named Third Team Freshman All-America by Athlon Sports... Saw action in nine games... Finished the season with seven total tackles and one fumble recovery... Posted pair of tackles against Temple and South Carolina... Contributed fumble recovery at Kentucky.

High School
Multi-year captain and four-year starting defensive end... First freshman at school to start on varsity... During four-year career, registered 58 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback sacks, more than 200 tackles and 17 blocked kicks... As senior starter, helped Capital Christian to 9-2 record and state playoffs, earning First Team Cal-Hi Division V All-State honors and MaxPreps First Team All-America DL recognition... Named Cal-Hi Sports Division V Athlete of the Year as senior... Two-time All-Metro, All-County and All-Conference honoree in football... ESPN 300 member who participated in postseason U.S. Army All-American Game... Also was a standout on three other varsity squads - All-State recipient as center in basketball, thrower in track & field, and member of volleyball team... High academic achiever who was inducted National Football Foundation Sacramento Valley Chapter Hall of Fame.

Nifae Penitala Lealao Jr... Born Aug. 16, 1995... Son of Mary and Nifae Lealao Sr... Dad is a senior technician; mom works in the medical field... Became team's first scholarship player of Polynesian heritage... Majoring in Sociology, with minor in Corporate Strategies... Dean's List recipient... Enjoys singing... Wants to become an entrepreneur.

Career Highs
Total Tackles: 6, at Kentucky, 10/8/2016
Solo Tackles: 6,at Kentucky, 10/8/2016
Tackles for Loss: 1.5, vs. Tennessee State, 10/22/2016
Fumble Recoveries: 1, at Kentucky, 10/8/2016

Nifae Lealao action shot 10-02-15

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