UNLV: An undeniably talented pass rusher who looks to have big senior season after turning in impressive spring ... Listed as the starter at one DE spot heading into fall ... Chose the Rebels over Utah, BYU and UTEP ... Originally played at Oregon out of high school ... The older brother of UNLV offensive lineman Tolu Pili, who is currently serving a church mission ... Last name is pronounced "PEEL-ee."
2007: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 10 games along defensive line ... Finished with 12 total tackles ... Named preseason third team All-MWC by Athlon ... A midyear signee who enrolled in January.
SNOW: Transferred to the junior college located in Ephraim, Utah, in time for the 2006 season ... As a sophomore he turned in 36 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss for the Badgers.
OREGON: Signed with the Pac-10 Conference school out of high school and spent two years with the Ducks from 2004-05.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2004 graduate of Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah, Pili was ranked among the nation's top 25 defensive line recruits by SuperPrep as well as the 10th-best prep prospect in the Midlands ... The 2003 first team All-Region Seven pick tallied 88 tackles as a senior ... He totaled 105 tackles, 15 sacks and two interceptions as a junior for the Timberwolves.
PERSONAL: Thor F. Pili was born on July 23, 1986, in Provo, UT ... The son of Falema'o Jr. and Lani Pili ... Follows in the footsteps of his father who lettered at BYU and his uncle who was a member of both the Patriots and Eagles in the NFL ... Originally chose Oregon over offers from Kentucky, BYU, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Nebraska ... Majoring in university studies.
PILI'S DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR GP-GS UT AT TOT TFL SCK INT FF FR 2007 10-0 5 7 12 0-0 0 0 0 0