Uona Kaveinga Athlete Profile

#4 Uona Kaveinga

Position: Linebacker Height: 5-11 Weight: 233 Roster Years: 2010-2012 Hometown: Hawthorne, CA Last School: USC

Personal

  • Speaks Tongan
  • Eagle Scout
  • Majoring in American studies

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Leuzinger High ...
  • 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, ESPN 150, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Western Division first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Bay League Defensive MVP as a senior linebacker
  • In 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Western Division first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Bay League Co-Defensive MVP as a senior linebacker while totaling 147 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 8 sacks
  • Made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass Second Team, All-CIF Western Division First Team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay First Team and All-Bay League Co-Defensive MVP as a junior in 2006 while totaling 111 tackles, 9 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 4 forced fumbles

Other College

  • At USC - SOPHOMORE (2009): Reserve linebacker appeared in eight games, including San Jose State, Ohio State, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA and Arizona
  • Made two tackles, including one solo and one assisted takedown against Washington State
  • FRESHMAN (2008): Reserve linebacker and special teams
  • Appeared in eight games, including Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington State, Arizona and Washington
  • Made 3 tackles, recording solo takedowns against Virginia, Washington and Washington State, including a tackle for loss of 4 yards at Virginia


2010 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirt at BYU per NCAA transfer rules

2011 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Started all 13 games at middle linebacker
  • Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team
  • Forced four fumbles and recovered one while totaling 57 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss
  • Also had two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup
  • Recorded five tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss and forced a fumble in season opener vs. Ole Miss
  • Six tackles and forced one fumble vs. Utah
  • Five tackles and forced a fumble vs. UCF
  • Season-high eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry vs. Utah State
  • Had six tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss and recovered a fumble at Oregon State
  • Totaled five tackles vs. TCU
  • Five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Tulsa in Armed Forces Bowl

2012 | Senior Year

  • Named to the Butkus Award Watch List
  • Earned letterman honors
  • Started all 13 games at middle linebacker
  • Finished season with 49 tackles
  • Added 4.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups
  • Posted five tackles and an interception ins eason opener
  • Recovered a fumble and returned it 23 yards vs. Weber State
  • Six tackles and one tackle for loss at Boise State
  • Had two tackles for loss at Georgia Tech
  • Season-best eight tackles vs. SDSU in the Poinsettia Bowl