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Tevaka Tuioti

Height

6-2

Weight

213 lbs.

Class

RS-Sr.

Hometown

Long Beach, Calif.

Previous School

La Mirada HS

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Academics:  A 2016-17 and 2017-18 Lobo Scholar-Athlete … named a 2017 and 2020 Mountain West All-Academic selection … joined Teton Saltes in the spring of 2020 meeting with New Mexico legislators regarding mental health initiatives for student-athletes in the state of New Mexico.

2020 (Double Redshirt Junior Season): Saw action in two games before suffering a season-ending injury … threw for 475 yards and a team-best four touchdowns, going 37-for-66 with one interception … also rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown … went 20-for-35 with two touchdowns and an interception against San Jose State in the season opener, finishing with 294 yards … also rushed 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown … had a long pass of 46 yards and a long rush of 26 in that game … played most of the Hawai’i game before suffering a season-ending injury in the fourth quarter … was 17-for-31 for 181 yards and two touchdowns with a long pass of 52 yards … rushed for a season-high 71 yards on just five carries, with a long of 23 yards.

2019 (Double Redshirt Sophomore Season): Played in nine games with seven starts … threw for 1,460 yards on 102-of-195 passing with seven touchdowns and six interceptions … also rushed for 262 yards on 52 carries … had his best game in week three, his first start of the season, throwing for 355 yards and rushing for 59 against New Mexico State … was 16-for-28 passing with three touchdowns … the 355 yards passing was a career-high … nearly hit 300 yards against, throwing for 293 on 23-of-40 passing with a pair of touchdowns against Hawai’i … followed that up with a 19-for-36 night for 237 yards against Nevada … rushed for 79 yards on just eight carries against Air Force in his final game of the season.

2018 (Redshirt Sophomore Season):  Earned a medical redshirt, but saw action in three games, all starts before suffering a season-ending injury against Liberty … was 24-for-43 passing for 439 yards and five touchdowns with a long of 69 … picked up a win in the season opener against Incarnate Word, throwing for 327 yards, going 13-for-21 passing with four touchdowns and a long of 69 yards … also rushed 11 times for 54 yards and a touchdown … drove UNM to a touchdown on the opening drive at Wisconsin, becoming the first quarterback to do that against the Badgers in four seasons, but left that game in the second quarter after an injury … was 5-for-8 passing for 55 yards and a touchdown against Wisconsin … returned for the contest with Liberty, throwing for 57 yards before suffering a broken collar bone that ended his season.

2017 (Redshirt Freshman Season):  Saw action in eight games with one start … went 57-for-118 passing with four touchdowns, throwing for 705 yards … also rushed for 142 yards on 28 carries with a touchdown … saw his first extended action, coming in with UNM down 25 points and he led UNM to a near miracle comeback against New Mexico State, going 10-for-19 for 151 yards and two touchdowns … also threw for a two-point conversion as well … came in in relief against Fresno State and had a career-high 200 yards on 13-of-24 passing … threw for 84 yards with a touchdown in another near comeback against Colorado State … threw for 47 yards in his only start, against Wyoming … ended the season by throwing for 156 yards on 10-for-20 and a touchdown against San Diego State.

2016 (Freshman Season):  Redshirted.

High School:  Lettered at La Mirada High School and coach Mike Moschetti … multi-threat option for La Mirada, playing quarterback, receiver and punter while serving as a kick returner and punt returner … was Named Daily News First Team All-Area.

Personal: Full name is Tevakatogia Salanoa-Tuioti … parents are Faafoi and Jackie Tuioti … has four brothers, Jacob, Juijan, Navy and Lawrence, and two sisters, Tuki and Hia … birthday is August 21, 1998 … graduated with a degree in liberal arts, and is working on a Master’s in business administration.