Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#99 Kaniela Tuipulotu
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 280
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lahaina, Hawai'i
High School: Kahuku HS
Experience: 1 Letter

Arizona: 2L... Will battle for the top role at nose tackle in 2009 after holding the role for most of his sophomore year... Had seven starts in 11 games played, missing a couple with a minor injury... Career-high four tackles including a TFL at New Mexico... Had three hits against UCLA... Played in seven `07 games as a true freshman... Came out of potential redshirt year in UA's fifth game of the 2007 season... Credited with one tackle, against ASU...

High School: Kahuku, Hawaii, High School, 2007... Finished prep career at Oahu's noted Kahuku on the North Shore, but grew up on Maui... Two-time Honolulu Advertiser All-State DL and OAI All-Star selection ... Star-Bulletin first-team all-state 2006... PrepStar All-America and All-West... SuperPrep All-Farwest... Polynesian youth support group Super 7... Received votes in Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West poll of college recruiters... Generally considered among the state's top prospects and among Maui's top prospects ever... Hawai'i player of the year... Red Raiders reached semifinals in 2004 and won back-to-back Hawaii High School Athletic Association state titles his final two years for coach Reggie Torres... Selected for inaugural Offense-Defense Bowl on Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Personal: Academic major is interdisciplinary studies... UA Student-Athlete of the Month honors for April 08...Grew up in Lahaina, on Maui, and played his freshman year as a running back at Lahainaluna, before transferring to Kahuku... Parents are Penny Guth-Tuipulotu and Taniela Tuipulotu of Lahaina... Has two older sisters and one younger sister... Mom is a restaurant desk manager and teacher, father works at famed Kapalua resort... Mom is former canoe racer and dad was a rugby player on elite Tongan and New Zealand club teams, including a World Cup appearance... Cousin of former UA star and current Los Angeles Laker Luke Walton... Grew up playing rugby, soccer, swimming, water polo, baseball, basketball and football in Lahaina... Date of birth May 4, 1988.

 Career Totals
Year	G-GS	UT	AT	TT	TFL	Other
2007	7-0	1	0	1	-	-
2008	12-7	7	5	12	1-2	PD, FF
Total	19-7	8	5	13	1-2	PD, FF