UNLV's defensive line has a number of newcomers who will look to help the Rebels this fall.
UNLV: A big stopper in the middle who is listed No. 1 at one tackle spot after turning in an outstanding spring … Came to UNLV after one season at JC after originally signing with UTEP out of high school … Nicknamed “Pops,” his last name is pronounced “FOW” (rhymes with “OW”).
2016: Posted 12 tackles, including 2.0 TFL and his first QB sack as a junior … Also recovered a fumble and broke up two passes.
2015: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 12 games, including starting the final five … Finished with 22 total tackles and recovered one fumble.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Played in 10 games during one season at Long Beach City College in California ... Helped the Vikings to a 9-2 record in 2014, including a 75-41 win against Golden West in the Beach Bowl ... Finished the season ranking fourth on the team with 57 total tackles, including 14.5 TFL and six sacks ... Also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of Long Beach Poly HS ... A four-year starter for the Jackrabbits under coach Raul Lara ... Posted 97.5 tackles, including 28 for loss and 8.5 sacks during senior season ... Finished career with 207.5 stops, 52 tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks ... Also utilized as a linebacker and used on offense as a lead blocker ... Helped Long Beach Poly post an 11-2 overall record as a senior ... The Jackrabbits finished the 2013 season ranked No. 10 in California and No. 54 nationally ... Ranked 72nd nose guard prospect in the nation ... Named to Long Beach Press-Telegram 2013 Football Dream Team and selected to the All-CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division defensive team ... Named first team All-Moore League and was selected as the Moore League Defensive Lineman of the Year.
PERSONAL: Jason Ray Fao was born in Long Beach ... The son of Jason and Monalisa Fao ... Has two sisters, Jalisa and Jahzlyn, and a brother, Jerome … Majoring in criminal justice.