Hala Paongo Athlete Profile

#70 Hala Paongo

Hala Paongo
Position: Defensive Line Height: 6-2 Weight: 280 Roster Years: 2003-2006 Hometown: Haateio Last School: Kahuku High School

Personal

Born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga ... parents are Marie and Sosaia Paongo ... served a Church mission to San Fernando, California (1999-2001) ... wife's name is Kayla.

Before BYU

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kahuku High School ... earned most-improved player honors ... helped lead team to the state finals as a senior ... also recognized for his accomplishments in tennis ... participated as a member of the student committee for MADD ... elected as a member of the senior class Student Body presidency.

2003 | Freshman Year

Participated in spring drills ... saw action against Air Force and Utah during the season ... credited with two tackles on the season ... competed on the JV squad ... named Prep Defensive player of the week against Boise State.

2004 | Sophomore Year

Earned Academic All-Mountain West honors ... earned letterman honors ... saw action in 11 games during the season ... started at nose tackle in the first three games of the season ... credited with nine tackles on the season, including seven assisted takedowns ... participated in spring drills ... credited with one tackle during the annual Blue-White scrimmage.

2005 | Junior Year

Earned letterman honors as a junior ... named Academic All-MWC ... saw action in all 12 games during the season ... started against California in the Las Vegas Bowl ... registered nine tackles on the season, including two solo takedowns had a season-high three tackles against Utah ... had one tackle for a loss of one yard on the season.