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Sae Tautu Athlete Profile

#31 Sae Tautu

Position: Defensive Line Height: 6-3 Weight: 245 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2010 | 2013-2016 Hometown: Alpine, UT Mission: Tacoma, WA Last School: Lone Peak High School


  • Born in American Fork, Utah 
  • Parents are Makay and Pele 
  • Father played football for Utah
  • Also recruited by Stanford, Utah, Wyoming and Washington State
  • Served in the Washington Tacoma Mission

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Lone Peak High
  • Ranked the No. 8 football recruit out of the state of Utah by  
  • Named defensive MVP at the 2009 All-Polynesian Camp in Bountiful
  • Totaled 87 tackles and five sacks as a senior, leading Lone Peak to a 9-3 record and 5-1 league-best mark in 5As Region 4 along with Alta High School
  • Named Outstanding Linebacker at the BYU football camp 
  • Also lettered in wrestling and played rugby 
  • Coached by Tony McGeary

2010 | Redshirt Year

  • Member of the scout team

2013 | Freshman Year

  • Recorded two tackles and .5 tackles for loss versus Idaho State
  • Saw action in eight games

2014 | Sophomore Year

  • Notched a career-high five tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss in win over Virginia
  • Played in 12 games while recording 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss
  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore

2015 | Junior Year

  • Totaled career highs with six total tackles, six solo stops, three tackles for loss and his first career sack against UConn
  • Had two sacks in the win over Cincinnati
  • Recorded two tackles, 1.5 TFLs and one sack against Fresno State
  • Played in 13 games and started six
  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Named to Phil Steele's Postseason All-Independent Second Team

2016 | Senior Year

  • Played in all 13 games
  • Started 10 games at defensive end
  • Posted 50 total tackles
  • Led BYU with 11 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks
  • Six tackles, two sacks and two TFL against Michigan State – all in the second half
  • Had eight total tackles, season-high 2.5 TFL, 1 PBU and 1.5 sacks against Mississippi State
  • Notched a career-high nine tackles at Boise State to go with his one sack and and first forced fumble
  • Named to the 2016-17 Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List
  • Named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Independent first team defense