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Kai Nacua Athlete Profile

#12 Kai Nacua

Position: Defensive Back Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2013-2016 Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Last School: Liberty High School


  • Full name is Kaimana
  • Majoring in exercise and wellness
  • Also lettered in basketball and volleyball

Before BYU

  • Recruited by SDSU, UNR and UNLV
  • Helped his team to an 11-2 record his senior season

2013 | Freshman Year

  • Played in eight games and tallied 11 tackles

2014 | Sophomore Year

  • Reached a career high in tackles with seven and recorded his first career interception with 3:15 left in the game on UCF’s drive in BYU territory
  • Recorded his second interception of the season in the second quarter, returning it 32 yards in the win over UNLV
  • Recorded a season-high 14 tackles in the win at Cal, including 1.5 tackles for loss
  • Recorded 40 tackles on the season, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups
  • Played in all 13 games
  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore

2015 | Junior Year

  • Tied the BYU single-game interception record of three vs. Boise State, including a pick-six to seal the win
  • Named Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week (9/16), AutoNation National Defensive Player of the Week (9/15) and Madness National Defensive Player of the Week (9/14)
  • Recorded an interception and four tackles @ UCLA
  • Notched nine total tackles and tackle for loss against East Carolina
  • Picked off the Fresno State quarterback two times to move into a tie with Daniel Sorensen for No. 2 at BYU in career interceptions (since 2000)
  • Had nine total tackles including seven solo and a pass breakup against Utah State
  • His six interceptions tied Jernaro Gilford's single-season BYU record 
  • The 137 interception return yards in 2015 set a BYU individual season and career record, passing Gilford's season mark of 131 in 2001 and boosted Nacua's career mark to 184 to pass Andrew Rich's total of 160
  • Finished fourth on the team in total tackles, third in pass breakups and first in interceptions
  • Lettered as a junior
  • Played in 12 games and started 12
  • Named to Phil Steele's Postseason All-Independent First Team

2016 | Senior Year

  • Named to the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List
  • Named the College Sports Madness Preseason Defensive Player of the Year along with being named to first team defense
  • Recorded his ninth career interception against Arizona, tying him with Jernaro Gilford for No. 2 at BYU since 2000
  • Intercepted two passes at Utah for the third time in his career, upping his career total to 11, which put him in first place for career interceptions at BYU since 2000
  • Recorded his fourth interception of the season against Toledo, 12th of his career
  • Had his fifth interception this year against Mississippi State along with a season-high nine total tackles
  • Had his first career forced fumble at Boise State