UNLV: A still-learning pass rusher that made an immediate impact in the rotation as a rookie ... Listed No. 2 behind Jordan Sparkman at one DE spot heading into the fall ... Last name is pronounced "VOL-o-UN-gah"
2012: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 12 games ... Totaled 21 tackles, including four for loss ... Ranked sixth on the squad with 1.5 QB sacks and also added two pass breakups ... A versatile athlete who played defensive end, tight end and wide receiver ... Ranked the No. 94 tight end recruit by Scout.com and No. 98 by ESPNU ...Chose the Rebels over offers from Utah, Hawai'i and Idaho.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Channel Island HS under coach Gary Porter ... A three-year letterwinner who as a senior helped the Raiders to a 7-4 finish and an appearance in the first round of the playoffs ... An All-Pacific View League and All-Ventura County selection as a senior ... Also named PVL Defensive Lineman of the Year for 2011 as well as fourth team all-state as a tight end ... Caught 57 passes for 787 yards and eight touchdowns during his final season ... Also a standout on the basketball team as a center and on the volleyball team as a middle and outside hitter.
PERSONAL: Jeremiah Isaiah Valoaga was born Nov. 15, 1994, in Oxnard, CA ... The son of Jeremiah and Celina Valoaga ... Has a younger brother, Jaylen, and a younger sister, Janesa ... Majoring in criminal justice.
VALOAGA'S DEFENSIVE STATS YEAR GP-GS UT AT TOT TFL SCK PBU FF FR 2012 12-1 9 12 21 4.0-14 1.5-11 2 0 0-0