Kalani Fifita Sitake Athlete Profile

#34 Kalani Fifita Sitake

Position: Running Back Height: 6-0 Weight: 245 Roster Years: 1994 | 1997-2000 Hometown: Kirkwood, MO Last School: Kirkwood High School

Personal

  • Born in Nukualofa, Tonga
  • Parents are Tomasi and Eseta Vaetolufatu
  • First name means "a gift sent from heaven"
  • Family added Sitake to his last name at the request of his grandfather
  • Younger brother T.J. played defensive end for BYU
  • Served an LDS Church mission to Oakland, Calif
  • Older brother Tevita Pella was a defensive end for the UofU
  • Recruited by Iowa, UCLA, Stanford and Notre Dame

Before BYU

  • Earned High Honors while attending Kirkwood High
  • Lettered in football, basketball and track
  • Was named all-state running back
  • Selected all-district and all-conference running back and linebacker
  • Team was district and sectional state champions
  • Coached by Dale Collier

Stats

Year   Rsh   Yds   Avg    TD   Rec   Yrd    TD
1994    16   112   7.0     0     5    45     0
1997     8    12   1.5     0     4    47     0
1998    13    43   3.3     0    15   129     1
1999    24   109   4.5     0    15   124     0 
2000    25   100   4.0     0    23   191     0
Total   86   373   4.3     0    62   536     1


1994 | Freshman Year

  • Had a 41-yard run at the Air Force Academy, the longest run of the season for the Cougars
  • Had a 23-yard catch against Northeast Louisiana
  • Played in all 13 games as a second unit fullback and on special teams

1997 | Redshirt Year

  • Had 68 yards as the leading rusher in the Spring Game
  • Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete
  • Started the first three games of the season
  • 30-yard reception vs. Washington
  • A herniated disc caused him to miss the season with surgery following the SMU game

1998 | Sophomore Year

  • Named BYU Football Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Started 10 of the Cougars' 12 regular-season games, including six straight starts to begin the season
  • Named coaches' outstanding back in game vs. Washington
  • Gained 43 yards on 13 carries, averaging 3.1 yards per carry
  • Gained a career-high 129 yards on 15 receptions, averaging 8.6 yards per catch

1999 | Junior Year

  • Earned the team's Impact Player of the Year award
  • Played in nine games as a junior
  • Alternated starting assignments with senior fullback Donny Atuaia during the season, recording six starts on the year
  • Ranked third on the BYU roster with 118 yards rushing on 24 carries
  • Averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 12.1 yards per game...
  • Racked up a season-high 45 yards rushing against Utah State
  • Registered 124 yards on 15 receptions during the season
  • Averaged 8.3 yards per catch
  • Credited with a season-high 45 receiving yards at San Diego State
  • Suffered a broken ankle at Wyoming
  • Produced six games on the season with two or more receptions, including a season-high four receptions at San Diego State
  • Responsible for an average 25.1 all-purpose yards per game
  • Earned coaches' award for performance against San Diego State.

2000 | Senior Year

  • Named team captain
  • Rushed 25 times for 100 yards, averaging four yards a carry and 9.1 yards per game
  • caught 23 passes for 191 yards, an average of 8.3 yards per catch and 17.4 yards a game
  • Coaches' award for offensive back of the game against Mississippi State and Wyoming
  • Had a season-high four catches for 54 yards against Utah
  • Rushed for a season-high 20 yards versus Florida State