The Rebels will have the luxury of rotating guys on the defensive line this season.
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.