Manaia Brown Athlete Profile

#99 Manaia Brown

Manaia Brown
Position: Defensive Line Height: 6-4 Weight: 313 Roster Years: 2002-2005 Hometown: West Valley City, UT Last School: U of Nebraska


Parents are Toa and Vaifoa Brown ... one of seven children ... married to the former Tupusina Schwenke ... the couple has a son, Manaia Vaega Vaifoa, who was born the day before fall camp, 2004 ... transferred from Nebraska following the 2001 season ... recruited by Utah, Illinois, Notre Dame, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State.


In 2002: Will redshirt the 2002 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

Before BYU

A three-time all-state defensive lineman at Granger High School ... earned honorable-mention All-America honors from USA Today and SuperPrep in 1999 ... recorded 25 sacks and over 70 tackles as a senior ... an all-state selection ... earned Region II Most-Valuable-Player honors.

Other College

NEBRASKA: Saw action in nine regular-season games as a true freshman at Nebraska ... in two series, recorded three tackles against Miami (Fla.) in the 2002 Rose Bowl ... recorded 12 tackles on the season, including five solo takedowns ... credited with four tackles for a combined loss of 14 yards, including one sack for a 10-yard loss against Baylor ... twice recorded two tackles in games against Rice and Kansas ... tallied a career-high four takedowns against Colorado, including two solo tackles.


Yr    GP  UT  AT  Total  TFL/Yds   Sacks/Yds   
2003 6 5 9 14 2.0/4 0/0.0
2004 11 12 14 26 9.0/48 4.5/42

2002 | Redshirt Year

Redshirted the 2002 season after transferring from Nebraska.

2003 | Sophomore Year

Earned letterman honors as a sophomore ... saw limited action during the season, battling a nagging injury ... competed in six games ... credited with 14 tackles on the season, including five solo takedowns ... recorded a season-high six stops against Air Force ... credited with a quarterback hurry against Stanford ... also saw limited action during spring drills, recovering from an off-season injury ... named Defensive Player of the game for Stanford

2004 | Junior Year

Played in all 11 games as a junior, including eight starts during the season ... earned letterman honors ... earned All-Mountain West honorable mention honors ... credited with 26 tackles on the season, including 12 solo tackles ... ranked third on the roster with 9.0 tackles for a combined loss of 48 yards, including 4.5 sacks ... credited with a season-high five tackles against top-ranked USC.

2005 | Senior Year

Started in nine of the Cougars' 12 games ... saw action at both defensive end and nose tackle ... named second-team All-MWC ... named the team defensive lineman of the year ... credited with 31 tackles on the season, including 9 solo and 22 assisted takedowns ... registered a season-high five tackles against Boston College and Utah ... had 3.0 tackles for a combined loss of eight yards, including 1.5 sacks ... part of a defensive unit that ranked third in rushing defense, allowing 139.3 yards per game ... part of a defensive unit that ranked second in the MWC with a +4 turnover margin ... a 2005 Preseason Mountain West All-Conference selection ... named a Preseason First-Team All-MWC performer by Lindy's Football Annuals, Phil Steele's College Football Preview, College Football News and Street & Smiths ... ranked as the second top NFL prospect in the Mountain West Conference by Lindy's Football Annuals ... ranked by Phil Steele's College Football Preview as the 25th ranked defensive end in the country ... ranked by College Football News as the second best defensive end in the MWC.