UNLV's defensive line has a number of newcomers who will look to help the Rebels this fall.
UNLV: A talented pass rusher with a tremendous vertical leap for a big man ... Looks to finally have a complete season as a senior and is listed No. 1 at one DE spot heading into the fall ... Last name is pronounced "VOL-o-UN-gah."
2015: Played in six games, including starting at DE vs. Hawai'i in Game Nine ... Finished with 16 total tackles ... Ranked second on the squad with 4.5 TFL and 2.5 QB sacks ... Also recovered a fumble and added two pass breakups.
2014: Redshirted season.
2013: Played in 11 games, including starting at DE vs. Utah State ... Finished with 27 total tackles, including 5.5 TFL ... Had one sack for a loss of seven yards.
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.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Channel Island HS under coach Gary Porter ... 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. 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.