Tonga Takai

Tonga Takai

Player Profile

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Honolulu, Hawaii

High School:
Damien Memorial

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 301

Position:
Defensive Tackle/Snaps

Birthdate:
11/29/1992

Experience:
3V

07/18/2013

Kistler, Tripp, Wagenmann named preseason AAs by Phil Steele magazine

Coyle, Johnson, Kanongata'a, Oiland, Takai join those three players on preseason All-Big Sky squad

04/19/2013

Offense has breakout evening in final scrimmage of spring drills

Six different players score touchdowns as the offense racks up 465 yards on a beautiful night in WGS

04/13/2013

Defense leads the way in the Grizzlies' annual Spring Game in Ronan

Griz D grabs four interceptions & has seven sacks/Canada paces the offense with 109 yards rushing

04/11/2013

A review of spring football practice No. 9

Griz are just a couple of days away from their Spring Game, Saturday in Ronan

03/30/2013

A preview of Griz spring football practice #7

The team will take the next few days off for spring break and return to action on April 9

12/07/2013

Montana vs. Coastal Carolina (12/7/13)

Montana vs. Coastal Carolina (12/7/13)

11/23/2013

Montana vs. Montana State (11/23/13)

Montana vs. Montana State (11/23/13)

11/16/2013

Montana vs. Weber State (11/16/13)

Montana vs. Weber State (11/16/13)

10/28/2013

Montana vs. Eastern Washington (10/25/13)

Montana vs. Eastern Washington (10/25/13)

10/05/2013

Montana vs. Portland State (10/5/13)

Montana vs. Portland State (10/5/13)

2014 ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE

MONTANA: Tonga will be starting for the third consecutive season in 2014. He was chosen a co-captain in defense, sharing that job with senior defensive end Zack Wagenmann. He is the Grizzlies' eighth leading returning tackler.

2013: He started in 11 contests (he missed the Appalachian State and Cal Poly games because of an injury), and was UM's 14th leading tackler with 32 stops. He was a third team All-Big Sky Conference selection.

2012: He was the Grizzlies' 12th (tie) leading tackler with 30 stops. He led the team with two fumble recoveries. He was an honorable mention All-Big Sky pick.

2011: He played in eight games and lettered.

2010: He was a redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL: Takai (pronounced Tuhk-eye) was chosen first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state at Damien Memorial High School as a senior. He earned 10 letters in five different sports: football (3), track and field (4), wrestling (1), canoe paddling (1), and judo (1). He was awarded the "Lineman Award" as a senior. He was also tabbed the recipient of his school's Field Athlete of the Year Award in track. He served as a team captain in football as a senior. His high school football coach was Panahou Aina.

CAREER HIGHS: He had six tackles (five unassisted) at Northern Arizona last season. He had a sack and two quarterback hurries at North Dakota a year ago. He recovered fumbles in the South Dakota and Weber State games in 2012.

PERSONAL: He is a sociology major. His parents are Vivieni and Ilisapeti Takai of Honolulu. Birth date: November 29, 1992.

Year---G/S---Solo---Ast.=TT---TFL---Sacks---Int---PD---QBH---FR---FF---BLK

2011---8/0---1---5=6-----0.5 (-1)---0--------0-----1----0----0----0-----0

2012---11/11--9--21=30---4.5(-20)---2(-12)---0-----0----0----2----0-----0

2013---11/11--11--21=32--2.5(-7)----1(-14)---0-----2----3----0----0-----0

Totals--30/22--21--47=68--7.5(-28)--3( -26)--0-----3----3----2----0-----0

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