Shae Suiaunoa Named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- Wyoming sophomore linebacker Shae Suiaunoa recorded a career-best eight tackles in Wyoming’s 33-10 home win over Northern Colorado last Saturday, and he added an interception in the fourth quarter that he returned 18 yards down to the UNC three-yard line to set up a Wyoming touchdown two plays later.
"It's always important to try to score on defense," Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said Monday during his weekly press conference. "We came close. Suiaunoa, I'm going to call him 'Wrong-way Shae' because he had a wide-open path. I think all the people in the end zone were saying, 'run this way,' and he ran that way into a bunch of other guys."
Suiaunoa also recorded 1.0 sack for 10 yards, 1.0 tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry in the game, as he helped lead a Wyoming defense that held Northern Colorado to only 15 rushing yards and only 147 yards of total offense.
Suiaunoa, a 6-foot-3, 232-pound Texas native, won the starting weakside linebacker job this offseason, fending off Michigan State transfer Cole DeMarzo. After serving three seasons as a reserve, he earned his first start in the season opener at Illinois.
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"It was just an amazing feeling," he said of playing against the Illini in Champaign. "You know, just being out there playing ball again, I haven't had that feeling since high school. It's been a long time."
The sophomore from Houston, Texas, played at Clear Lake High School. He and his Cowboy defensive teammates limited UNC to an average of only 2.4 yards per play.
For the season, Suiaunoa is second on the Cowboy team in tackles, with 21, and is tied for the team lead in solo tackles with 15. He has 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one interception and one pass breakup.
Suiaunoa is tied for 25th in the nation in interceptions this season.
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