Kaneakua Friel Athlete Profile

#82 Kaneakua Friel

Position: Tight End Height: 6-5 Weight: 261 Roster Years: 2007-2008 | 2011-2013 Hometown: Kaneohe, HI Last School: Kamehameha High School


  • Served in the South Africa Durban Mission for the LDS Church
  • Eagle Scout
  • Exercise science major

Before BYU

  • Under the direction of head coach Kanani Souza, helped lead the Warriors to an 8-3 record as a senior
  • A Honolulu Star-Bulletin All-State selection
  • Recruited by Boise State, Oregon and Nevada

2007 | Redshirt Year

  • Member of the scout team.

2008 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a redshirt freshman
  • Saw action in eight games, including one start against New Mexico
  • Recorded one solo tackle against UNLV

2011 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Played in 12 games
  • Finished with seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown on the year
  • First career catch was an eight-yard touchdown at Oregon State
  • Had two receptions for 20 yards vs. New Mexico State and three receptions for 17 yards at Hawai'i

2012 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Started all 13 games
  • Finished second on the team with five touchdown receptions
  • Fourth on the team with 30 receptions and 308 yards
  • Started season opener with six receptions, 101 yards and two touchdowns
  • Recorded a reception in nine games
  • FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week, week of Sept. 3
  • College Football Performane Awards National Tigth End of the Week, week of Sept. 3

2013 | Senior Year

  • Named to the 2013 CFPA Tight End Trophy Watch List
  • Named to the John Mackey Award Watch List
  • Hauled in a 24-yard catch in win over Houston
  • Tallied three receptions for 53 yards against Boise State
  • Played in 12 games (missed one due to injury) and started seven
  • Named to the College Sports Madness All-Independent Third Team