Manaaki Vaitai Athlete Profile

#79 Manaaki Vaitai

Position: Offensive Line Height: 6-3 Weight: 317 Roster Years: 2007 | 2010-2013 Hometown: Euless, TX Last School: Trinity High School


  • Parents are Val and Lola Vaitai
  • Served in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission for the LDS Church
  • Eagle Scout
  • Recruited by Baylor, Colorado State, Houston, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and TCU

Before BYU

  • A Dallas Morning News first-team All-State selection
  • Provided run blocking for the state's top rushing team, averaging 276 yards per game
  • Credited with 264 knockdowns
  • A two-year starter for head coach Steve Lineweaveran
  • Helped lead the Trojans to an 11-1 record and a state championship game appearance
  • A unanimous first-team District 7-5A offensive lineman
  • Named a Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Teams first-team all-state selection
  • Earned MaxPreps second-team All-America honors
  • Received the Ray Verkerk Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award

2007 | Redshirt Year

  • Contributed to the scout team

2010 | Freshman Year

  • Contributed to the scout team after returning from LDS mission

2011 | Sophomore Year

  • Contributed to scout team and played in one game vs. Idaho

2012 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Played in 10 games
  • Helped block for 153.2 rushing yards per game
  • Contributed on the line when BYU rushed for 396 yards against Hawai'i

2013 | Senior Year

  • Played in 12 games while starting in two