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#15 Usua Amanam
Position: Nickelback
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 175
Year: 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
High School: Bellarmine
Major: Energy Resource Engineering
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As a Fifth-Year Senior (2013)
• Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
• 14 games played
• 56 tackles (33 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, five pass breakups
• Two pass breakups in season opener vs. San Jose State
• Five tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss against Arizona State
• Six tackles (five solo) against Washington State
• Six tackles (five solo) vs. Washington
• Five tackles at Utah
• Four tackles vs. UCLA
• Six tackles (four solo) at Oregon State
• Three tackles vs. Oregon
• Five solo tackles (1.0 for loss) at USC
• Three tackles vs. Cal
• Seven tackles (1.5 for loss) vs. Notre Dame
• Three tackles vs. Arizona State in Pac-12 Championship Game
• Three tackles (1.0 for loss) and one pass breakup against Michigan State in Rose Bowl

As a Senior (2012)
• Breakout season as top nickelback and secondary’s leading pass rusher
• Rose Bowl Defensive MVP
• All-Pac-12 honorable mention
• 59 tackles (35 solo) and four sacks
• Seven pass breakups and team-best three fumble recoveries
• Fifth among defenders with 10.5 tackles for loss
• Six or more tackles in five games
• Sealed Rose Bowl win with fourth-quarter pick of deflected Wisconsin pass
• Three tackles against Wisconsin
• Four tackles and 11-yard touchdown fumble recovery return at UCLA
• Seven tackles (six solo) against Washington State, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss
• Two tackles (one solo), one fumble recovery and one pass defended at Notre Dame
• Six tackles (four for loss), two sacks and fumble recovery against San Jose State

As a Junior (2011)
• Transitioned from running back to cornerback during spring practice
• 13 games played
• 12 tackles, including eight solo stops
• Season-high three tackles against Washington and Washington State
• One kickoff return for 24 yards against Oregon

As a Sophomore (2010)
• Filled a variety of roles including as primary kickoff returner for bulk of season in place of injured Chris Owusu
• 28 carries for 131 yards (4.5 yards per rush)
• Season-long 20-yard run in season opener against Sacramento State
• Averaged 21.4 yards in 15 kickoff returns (321 total yards)
• Season-long 60-yard kickoff return against Wake Forest
• Five catches for 18 yards and one touchdown against Wake Forest

As a Freshman (2009)
• Did not see action

The Amanam File
• Graduated from Bellarmine (Calif.) and played under head coach Mike Janda
• Nation’s 22nd-best back by Scout, 69th-top recruit in California by Rivals
• Nation’s 32nd-best defensive back prospect by SuperPrep
• 2008 Cal-HiSports Large School State Player of the Year
• 2008 MaxPreps Division I State Player of the Year
• 2008 San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year
• 2008 Santa Clara County Player of the Year
• 2008 NorCalPreps and Scout Player of the Year
• 2008 San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro Player of the Year
• 2008 West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year
• 2008 PrepStar all-region, first team all-state by MaxPreps
• 2007 San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro, San Jose Mercury News All-County
• Rushed for 1,828 yards and 30 touchdowns on 221 carries as a senior
• 36 touchdowns in 2008 (two receiving, one interception return, two punt returns, one kickoff return)
• 21 touchdowns came in league play (West Catholic Athletic League record)
• 126 points in league play (West Catholic Athletic League record)
• Led team to 12-1 record and first Central Coast Section title since 1990
• Central Coast Section Open Division championship win featured touchdown runs of 88 and 95 yards
• 40 carries for 270 yards in Central Coast Section semifinal win over Serra
• 727 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during 2008 three-game playoff run
• 1,656 rushing yards on 220 carries with 20 touchdowns as a junior
• 21 receptions for three touchdowns with six interceptions in 2007
• Lettered in track and field
• Born in Palo Alto, Calif.
• Full name is Usua Utibe Amanam
• Son of Usua and Mary Amanam
• Youngest of three children
• Majoring in energy resource engineering (co-term, working towards master’s and undergraduate degrees)

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