UNLV: The younger brother to former Rebel standout John Lotulelei, Tau Lotulelei (first name rhymes with “ow” and last name is pronounced “low-2-LAY-LAY”) is a team leader and returning starter at the weakside linebacker spot … The high-motor defender wears the same jersey number (55) as his brother, who is currently a member of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders … Named preseason First Team All-MW by Phil Steele’s, Sporting News and ESPN, second team by Lindy’s and third team by Athlon … Earned a spot on the UNLV Dean’s Honor List in the fall 2013 semester.
2015: Started nine games as a junior and still managed to earn Honorable Mention All-MW despite missing significant time because of injury … Ranked 15th in the conference with 7.0 tackles per game … Led squad and tied for 15th in the MW with 11.5 TFL … Also led Rebels with 3.0 QB sacks … Posted a season-high 12 total tackles in the victory over Hawai’i and had four other games with at least eight takedowns.
2014: Started 10 of 13 games at linebacker and led the Rebel with 100 total tackles … His 10.5 TFL for a loss of 41 yards also led the team … The disruptive force posted his first three QB sacks and also forced two fumbles … His 7.7 tackles per game ranked ninth in the Mountain West … His 15 TT at Utah State on Oct. 25 were a career and single-game high for UNLV … Also added 11 takedowns at San Jose State on Oct. 4 … Had a trio of nine-tackle efforts (vs. Northern Colorado, vs. Fresno State and at Hawai’i).
2013: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 11 games, including starting five at linebacker … Totaled 31 tackles, including four TFL … Forced and recovered a fumble … Posted a season-high seven takedowns in the win over San Diego State in Game 12 … Finished with six tackles three times (Arizona, Western Illinois and North Texas).
2012: Redshirted season after walking onto the squad during preseason camp.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 graduate of Maui HS in Kahului, HI … A three-year letterman in football for coach David Bui … Played linebacker, running back and strong safety for the Sabers … Also a three-time letterwinner in wrestling … Finished second in the state championship at 189 pounds as a senior … A standout athlete in track and was a three-year letterwinner … Named the Maui High School Boys Athlete of the Year as a senior.
PERSONAL: Tauhelotu T. Lotulelei was born Nov. 9, 1994, in Kihei, HI … The son of Hanisi and Melelifi Lotulelei … Older brother John was a standout linebacker at UNLV (2011-12) and eldest brother Saia was a star wrestler at York College in Nebraska … Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.