UNLV: A big, potentially dominating defensive lineman who will look to again start at a tackle position ... A member of the 2009 Rebel Leadership Committee ... Earned a spot on the Dean's Honor List last fall en route to 2008 Academic All-MWC honors ... Last name is pronounced "TAY-vah-SAY-ewe."
2008: Joined the Rebels during preseason camp and made an immediate impact ... Played in all 12 games and started seven, including the first six ... Finished with 20 total tackles, including two TFL ... Recorded his first Rebel sack in victory over New Mexico.
SANTA ROSA: Turned in two playing stints at the junior college ... Suited up during the 2007 season for the Bear Cubs under coach Keith Simons after sitting out the entire 2006 school year ... Signed with Arizona State in 2006 and entered camp with the Sun Devils before suffering a season-ending left leg injury and returning home for rehabilitation ... Played the 2005 season at SRJC, earning first team all-league after a freshman campaign that included 40 tackles, five sacks and three PBU.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2005 graduate of Anderson Valley HS ... Captained the football team for four years ... As a junior, was named NCL III Defensive MVP and All-Redwood Empire ... A multi-sport standout for the Panthers, including being named first team all-conference and team MVP in basketball as a senior ... Also was team MVP in track and field and boasted a career-long shot put distance of 51 feet ... Named school's athlete of the year as well as AVHS student body president.
PERSONAL: Martin Tauamanu Tevaseu was born on Oct. 7, 1987, in Oakland, CA ... The son of Debby Fanene ... Is the second cousin of former Rebel running back Frank "The Tank" Summers ... Has two brothers and five sisters ... Majoring in sociology.
TEVASEU'S DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR GP-GS UT AT TOT TFL SCK FF 2008 12-7 6 14 20 2-6 1-5 0