The Rebels will return experience and add depth to the secondary this year.
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UNLV: A defender with a nose for the ball who looks to stay healthy as a sophomore ... Listed No. 1 at strong safety spot heading into the season ... Originally signed with new Mountain West member Utah State out of high school but instead joined the Rebels in time for fall camp 2011 ... Name is pronounced "PENNY VAY-ah" ... Shares a surname with but is not related to Rebel FB William Vea.
2012: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in eight games, including starting six at free safety ... Finished ranked sixth on the team with 52 total tackles despite missing a third of the season because of injury ... Had a big opening month by posting nine tackles each vs. Minnesota and NAU and then a career-high 10 vs. Washington State in Game Three.
2011: Joined UNLV in time for fall camp before redshirting the season ... Named UNLV Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Kealakehe HS ... Lettered four seasons for coach Gary Clark ... Played S, LB and returned punts and kickoffs for the Waveriders ... Earned Honolulu Star-Advertiser third team all-state, all-district and All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I honors after registering a team-high 85 total tackles, eight TFL, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and four interceptions as a senior ... Also scored three TDs, returning two interceptions and returning a kickoff 90 yards ... Helped his team finish 10-2 and win its fifth BIIF title in seven years in 2010 ... As a junior, earned First Team All-BIIF Division I accolades ... Also a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a two-year letterwinner in basketball ... Named his school's Athlete of the Year in 2010-11.
PERSONAL: Peni A. Vea was born March 4, 1992 ... Father is Tevita Vea and mother is Pesi Vea ... Has a brother, Aleki, and sister, Tupou ... Majoring in criminal justice.
P. VEA'S DEFENSIVE STATS YEAR GP-GS UT AT TOT TFL INT PBU FF FR 2012 8-6 28 24 52 0.5-1 0-0 3 0 0-0