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.