Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#58 Apaiata Tuihalamaka
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 258
Year: Junior
Hometown: Hawthorne, Calif.
High School: Serra HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Arizona: 2L... Gives UA a solid choice on the edge in 2010 as an improved backup... Played in nine games in 2009, with some duty on special teams ... Had three tackles, against NAU, Oregon State and UCLA, all on rushing plays by opponents... Broke up a pass against the Lumberjacks... Recovered a fumble against the Bruins... 21 games played as a reserve... Career-best two tackles in 2008 against Idaho... Lettered as a redshirt freshman in 2008, with 12 games played, four tackles and a fumble recovery... Season-high two tackles and the recovery in opener against Idaho in reserve play... Redshirted the 2007 season as a linebacker... One of the Cats' top-rated 2007 recruits...

Career: 21 Games, 5+2 for 7 tackles, two FR, 1 PD

High School: Junipero Serra High School, Gardena, Calif., 2007... PrepStar All-American and All-West... SuperPrep All-Farwest... CalHiSports No. 13 state prospect... Polynesian youth support group Super 7... Among top 10 on several outside linebacker lists... Leg injury caused him to miss much of his senior year... Among the best prospects at his position in the state... West Hot 100... Plenty of top-level activity in Nike and scouting services camps last summer brought his attention to national recruiters...

Personal: Academic major is sociology... Brother of 2009 recruit Sione Tuihalamaka and played at Hawthorne High School his sophomore year, where cousin and former Wildcat linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka prepped... Team leader for Polynesian Haka dances in team huddles... Date of birth: Jan. 4, 1989... Pronciation: Ah-pie-AH-tah Too-ee-hah-lah-MAH-kah