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Commodore seniors now recognized by media and coaches
Offense leads early, defense takes over late
Commodores hold 59-play scrimmage in stadium Saturday night
News, notes on Vanderbilt athletics
Squad primed for second scrimmage
The Commodores traveled to Oxford to take on Ole Miss Saturday afternoon.
Vanderbilt football team takes on Georgia Saturday afternoon at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Vanderbilt at Florida (9-30-17)
Photos by Joe Howell
Photos by John Russell
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.
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.
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