UNLV football will look for its senior leaders to bolster the safety position heading into 2016 season.
UNLV: A nice-sized defensive back who is a reserve safety heading into his sophomore season … One of two players in the class of 2015 who hailed from Hawai‘i as he joined his Kahuku teammate Salanoa-Alo Wily in signing with the Rebels … Name is pronounced “So-lee AH-fah-LAH-vah.”
2016: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by appearing in all 12 games on special teams.
2015: Redshirted season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Kahuku HS under coach Lee Leslie … Helped the Red Raiders to a 9-3 overall record … Named to the OIA All-Star Red team … Finished with 27 tackles and four sacks and one forced fumble as a senior … Also a three-year letterwinner on the basketball team, was part of the club rugby team and participated with the track team in the 100, 200, 400 and long-jump events.
PERSONAL: Soli Kalai Mitch Afalava was born in Honolulu, HI … The son of Mitch and Marvel Afalava … Has two older siblings: one brother, Samala, and one sister, Manaia … Cousin Al Afalava played football at Oregon State from 2005-08 … Majoring in kinesiological sciences.