Local product also joins OL Brett Boyko on the All-MW Second Team.
UNLV: Was a rock at middle linebacker but now must overcome a series of injuries to get back on field for final year ? Led Rebels in tackles both of his first two seasons ? Started the first 27 games of his career before suffering season-ending knee injury at mid-year ? Suffered another setback just before spring practice opened when he re-injured the same leg and had to repeat the surgery ? Was on target to shatter school record for career takedowns as a junior but needs 35 takedowns this fall to break record set by former teammate Randy Black from 1997-00 ? Already ranks ninth on all-time UNLV chart through just over two years ? 2000: The Mountain West Conference?s top returning tackler after finishing third in 1999 ? A preseason first-team All-MWC choice by Preview Sports ? Started first five games at MLB before suffering a season-ending injury ? Tore ACL & MCL on a special teams play vs. UNR ? Still finished 15th on team with 26 total tackles, including three for loss ? Also tied for fifth on team with two sacks ? Even with limited action, moved up a spot into a tie for ninth place on the UNLV list with Jody Reinoehl with 260 career tackles ? 1999: Played in all 11 games and led Rebels in tackles for second straight season with 119 (78 solo) ? Was third on squad in tackles for loss with four ? Also recorded two sacks, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery ? 1998: The WAC Mountain Division Freshman of the Year became first freshman in school history voted team captain and went on to start all 11 games at MLB ... Turned in stunningly productive rookie campaign that saw the sparkplug lead team with 115 total tackles (51 solo) ... Named first team Freshman All-America by Football News ... Tabbed by The Sporting News as preseason second team All-Mountain West Conference ... Tied for second in tackles for loss with six for 12 yards ... Also recovered one fumble ... 1997: Redshirted ... HIGH SCHOOL: A 1997 graduate of national football power St. Louis HS ... Was a three-year letterwinner for coach Cal Lee?s program ... Played OLB and helped Crusaders to 38-1 record over his prep career ... Recorded 25 QB sacks, including 13 as a senior ... Named first team IHL All-Star in 1996 and second team as a junior ... Tabbed first team all-state in final year ... Also played four years of basketball ... PERSONAL: James Sunia-Kala?aul was born on March 30, 1979, in Centralia, WA ... The son of Sheryl Sunia, a police detective ... Lists one of hobbies as body surfing ? Majoring in social science studies.