Pepe Tanuvasa
Defensive Line 45
Ht/Wt
6'
1"
|
245 lbs.
Class
Senior
Hometown
Tigard, 
Oregon
Last School
Navy
Roster Years
2019-2022


BYU Highlights

  • 2021
    • One of 26 players on the team to play in all 13 games (started nine).
    • Finished the season as BYU's fifth-leading tackler with 42 (23 solo, seven for loss), three sacks, three quarterback hurries and one interception (career-best season).
    • Led BYU in sack yardage with -28 on three sacks.
    • Led BYU in tackle-for-loss yardage with -34 on seven.
    • Posted second-best tackling total of his career with seven (three solo, four assist) in 35-27 win over South Florida. 
    • Recorded first career interception in 59-14 win over Idaho State.
  • 2020
    • Played in all 12 games, starting one
    • Notched 24 total tackles (12 solo, 12 assist)
    • Tallied a season-high eight tackles and a quarterback hurry in a 55-3 win over his former team, Navy
  • See "Year" tab for further information

Personal

  • Major: Finance
  • Missionary Service: Served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tampa, Florida
  • Parents are Michael and Tamara
  • Wife's name is Kazna, a UVU volleyball player
  • Married in 2020
  • Father, Michael, played football at Hawai'i
  • Enjoys singing and playing the guitar

Before BYU

  • Transferred from Navy
  • Played in 13 games in 2018
  • Had 32 tackles
  • Prepped at Tigard High School
  • Lettered in rugby and football
  • All-state second team selection as a senior
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year 2019

  • Had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules
  • A member of the scout team
  • Scout team defensive player of the week vs. Boise State and UMass
Junior Year 2021

  • One of 26 players on the team to play in all 13 games (started nine).
  • Finished the season as BYU's fifth-leading tackler with 42 (23 solo, seven for loss), three sacks, three quarterback hurries and one interception (career-best season). 
    • BYU's second-leader in sacks.
  • Led BYU in sack yardage with -28 on three sacks.
  • Led BYU in tackle-for-loss yardage with -34 on seven. 
  • Three games with five or more tackles. 
  • 12 games with at least one tackle. 
  • Posted second-best tackling total of his career with seven (three solo, four assist) in 35-27 win over South Florida. 
  • Recorded sacks versus No. 19 Arizona State and Boise State. 
  • Recorded first career interception in 59-14 win over Idaho State. 
    • Interception set up a BYU TD moments later. 
Senior Year 2022

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year

Junior 2020

  • Played in all 12 games, starting one
  • Recorded 24 total tackles (12 solo, 12 assist)
  • Recorded one tackle for loss
    • one sack
    • three quarterback hurries
    • three pass break-ups
  • Tallied a season-high eight tackles and a quarterback hurry in a 55-3 win over his former team, Navy
  • Pepe Tanuvasa makes diving tackle against USF

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  • Pepe Tanuvasa tackles Idaho State QB

    Pepe Tanuvasa tackles Idaho State QB

  • Max Tooley, Pepe Tanuvasa tackle USC ball-carrier

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  • Pepe Tanuvasa Aug 12

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