*Lombardi Award Candidate*
*2001 Preseason First Team All-MWC*
UNLV: A former JC first team All-American defensive lineman who lived up to his billing during his first season on the I-A level ? A ferocious pass rusher who has tremendous speed ? Will start at left defensive end in 2001 ? Named to 2001 Lombardi Award Watch List ? Tabbed honorable mention All-America by Street & Smith?s and Phil Steele?s ? Also a unanimous first-team all-league selection ? Listed as the No. 4 player overall in the MWC by Lindy?s and No. 12 by Collegefootballnews.com ? 2000: Voted First Team All-MWC by the league?s coaches ? Played in all 13 games and started 11 at left defensive end ? Led team and tied for second in conference with eight sacks for 39 yards ? Also paced Rebels with 12 tackles for loss for 53 yards ? Finished 10th on team with 38 total tackles during regular season ? Best game of season came vs. Wyoming when he tallied four sacks ? Registered first two QB takedowns of Rebel career at BYU in Game Three ? AT DIXIE: Played two seasons for the school located in St. George, Utah ... One of two first-team JC All-American defensive linemen to sign with the Rebels last year ? Runs a 4.7 40 ? Named to the PrepStar Juco Super 24 national squad ? Selected as the Western States Football League Most Valuable Player in 1999 after leading Dixie College to an appearance in the junior college national championship game ? Has tremendous quickness and push and used those skills to collect 16.5 sacks and one fumble recovery ? One of Max Emfinger?s Junior College Super 124 Bluechips ? HIGH SCHOOL: A 1996 graduate of Hunter HS in Salt Lake City ? Earned first-team all-state honors played as a strong safety ? PERSONAL: Anton Charles Palepoi was born on Jan. 19, 1978, in American Samoa ? The son of Tony and Tutaga Palepoi, both of whom graduated from BYU ? Majoring in social science studies.