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Ronley Lakalaka Career Stats
Physical linebacker who has become one of the leaders on defense ... Moved into the two-deep for the South Alabama game as a true freshman in 2015 with Jake Fely injured and stayed there for the rest of the season, before starting 13 of 14 games last year ... A good run stopper who is not afraid of contact ... Slated to start at one of the two outside linebacker spots in Rocky Long's 3-3-5 defense heading into the 2017 season.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016)
Played in all 14 games, starting 13 times ... Had 73 tackles (37 solo) to go along with three tackles for loss, an 8-yard sack, two interceptions for 20 yards and a touchdown, a pass breakup and five quarterback hurries ... The 73 tackles ranked second on the team ... Came up with a then-career-high five tackles (three solo) in his first career start against New Hampshire in the opener ... Had another good game off the bench against California, registering four tackles (two solo) and a 9-yard interception returned for a touchdown ... The touchdown put the Aztecs up, 28-21, late in the second quarter, a lead they would never relinquish ... The interception (and touchdown) was the first of his career ... Earned his second career start at Northern Illinois, making four stops (two solo) ... Had three tackles (two solo) in a start at South Alabama ... Came up with four tackles (three solo) in a fourth start vs. UNLV ... Also had a 1/2 tackle for loss for two yards and his first two career quarterback hurries ... Registered three tackles in a fourth straight start at Fresno State ... Came up with two stops (one solo) and three quarterback hurries in a start against San José State ... Had six tackles in a start at Utah State, leading the team in stops for the first time of his career ... Had another good game in a start vs. Hawai'i, coming up with four tackles and a 11-yard interception ... The interception led to a John Baron field goal ... Made five stops in another start at Nevada ... Finished with a career-high 12 tackles (eight solo) and a PBU at Wyoming ... Led the team in tackles for the second time of the season (and career) ... Reached double digits in tackles for the first time of his career ... Registered six tackles in a start vs. Colorado State ... Came up with six stops (four solo), including a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss in a start at Wyoming in the MW Championship game ... Totaled nine tackles (five solo) with an 8-yard tackle for loss (and sack) against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl ... The sack was the first of his career.
FRESHMAN (TRUE) SEASON (2015)
Played in 11 games on the season, making 11 tackles with one quarterback hurry ... Mainly was used on special teams, but gradually logged more snaps in the backfield toward the end of the season ... Was on the travel roster, but did not play in the first three games of the season against San Diego, at California and vs. South Alabama ... Logged his first appearance of his Division I career at Penn State on special teams without finding the stat sheet ... Played again vs. Fresno State, but did not record a stat ... Logged his first stat, making an assisted tackle at Hawai`i ... Logged significant snaps on defense at San José State with starter Jake Fely injured for the second half ... Had three tackles (two solo) in the contest ... Had a solo tackle against Utah State off the bench ... Came up with an assisted stop in time off the pine at Colorado State ... Made an assisted tackle against Wyoming ... Registered two stops (one solo) off the pine at UNLV ... Did not record a stat in time off the bench vs. Nevada ...Also did not find the stat sheet in a reserve role vs. Air Force in the Mountain West Championship game ... Had two tackles (one solo) and picked up his first career quarterback hurry vs. Cincinnati in the Hawai`i Bowl.
Recorded a team-high seven sacks, along with two interceptions as a senior at Punahou High School in Kalihi, Hawaii, according to MaxPreps.com ... Led Punahou to an 8-1 overall record and an appearance in the HHSAA Division I championship game in 2014 ... Was a two-time all-state first-team selection and a two-time ILH first-team pick ... Led the team in tackles and was chosen as the hardest hitting player on the team ... A three-star recruit by Scout and a two-star recruit by Rivals
Ronley Saumaniafaese Lealao Lakalaka was born Jan. 23, 1997, in Honolulu, Hawaii ... Picked SDSU over an offer from Hawai`i and also had interest from California ... Is majoring in social science.
Tackles: 12 at Wyoming (11/19/16)
Tackles For Loss: 2.0 at Wyoming (12/3/16)
Sacks: 1.0 vs. Houston (12/17/16)
Interceptions: 1 vs. Hawai'i (11/5/16), vs. California (9/10/16)
Pass Breakups: 1 at Wyoming (11/19/16)
Defensive Touchdowns: 1 vs. California (9/10/16)