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Nifae  Lealao
Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Sacramento, Calif.

High School:
Capital Christian

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 312

Position:
DT

Experience:
2L

 

09/24/2016

Three Thoughts: Vanderbilt survives WKU

Resilient Commodores earn first road win of season

08/25/2016

Trio earns Coaches' All-SEC status

Burks, Cunningham, Webb on preseason squad

08/24/2016

Welcome to Polyville: Vandy's Polynesian Pipeline

Four Commodore student-athletes trading West Coast for Music City

08/06/2016

'Dores get in work despite storms

Weather forces Commodores indoors Saturday for third straight day

08/04/2016

More veteran squad awaits Mason

Experienced team opens camp tonight on campus

09/17/2016

Russell's game photos

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

09/01/2016

Russell's Photos

Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina

08/14/2016

Dore Jam 2016

2016 Dore Jam

08/04/2016

Football Preseason Practice No. 1

Vanderbilt opens preseason practice.

11/21/2015

Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M (John Russell)

Photos from Vanderbilt's game vs. Texas A&M

Honors
• 2015 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

2015
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.

2014
Lealao was the only true freshman to see action on the interior defensive front, serving as a reserve to veteran defensive tackle Vince Taylor... 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... Four-year varsity letterwinner... Two-time team MVP... As senior starter at DE/OT, helped Capital Christian to 9-2 mark and Division IV state playoffs... As a three-year starting defensive end, produced 58 tackles for loss, including 22 for losses as a sophomore, and 16 quarterback sacks... Registered 229 total tackles and blocked 17 opponent punt or field goal attempts during varsity career... Three-time Cal-Hi All-State and All-Region selection... As senior, played in postseason U.S. Army All-American Game... Versatile athlete who ranks among region's top basketball and volleyball players... Also has earned letters as thrower in track & field... Honor roll and Dean's List recipient.

Personal
Nifae Penitala Lealao Jr... Undeclared Major... Born Aug. 16, 1995... Son of Mary and Nifae Lealao Sr... Dad is a senior technician; mom works in the medical field... Enjoys singing... Wants to become an entrepeneur.


Career Highs
Total Tackles: 4, vs. Georgia, 9/12/15
Solo Tackles: 2, at Houston, 10/31/2015
Tackles for loss: 0.5, (2x) Last at Ole Miss, 9/26/2015
Breakups: 1, at Ole Miss, 9/26/2015


Nifae Lealao action shot 10-02-15

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