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Nuuese Punimata
7  Nuuese Punimata

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pago Pago, American Samoa

High School:
Samoana

Last College:
Mount San Antonio College

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225

Position:
LB

Experience:
1L

2007 (JUNIOR): Appeared in all 12 games, starting at MIKE linebacker against New Mexico and Texas Southern ... accumulated 24 tackles, two tackles for losses, a sack, a quarterback pressure and two interceptions (for 35 yards) ... achieved his season-best four tackles against Texas Southern ... had three solo stops versus Houston, Rice and UCF ... picked up his first career sack at New Mexico State ... had a 20-yard interception return versus Texas Southern, and a 15-yard pick against East Carolina.

PRIOR TO UTEP: First team All-Conference linebacker in 2006 at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. ... despite playing in only seven of 10 games, he compiled 31 tackles, including 4.5 for losses ... coached by Bob Jastrab at Mount San Antonio College ... made the Dean's List for both years in junior college ... attended Samoana High School in Utulei, American Samoa ... played in the first annual Samoa Bowl in his hometown of Pago Pago, American Samoa, as a prep senior ... also participated ini the Kava Bowl in Salt Lake City, Utah as a senior ... earned All-ASHAA honors as a two-year varsity letterwinner ... high school coach was Moa Moa Vaeao ... also played baseball and rugby in high school.

PERSONAL: He is left-handed ... parents are Nicholas and Sharon Punimata ... has two sisters ... full name is Nuuese Bernard Punimata ... born 8/31/86 (Columbus, Ga.) ... multidisciplinary studies major.

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