Andrew Motuapuaka

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  • Andrew
  • Motuapuaka

  • Position
  • Class
  • Height
    6' 0
  • Weight
    233 lbs.
  • High School/Other
  • Hometown
    Virginia Beach, Va.
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Updated: August 24, 2016

pronounced mo-TOO-uh-poo-WAH-kuh

2015-16: Started and played in 11 games … Was in on 702 plays, logging 656 as linebacker and 46 on special teams during the regular season … Recorded 73 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks … Recovered two fumbles, forcing three … Made four tackles against No. 1 Ohio State … Had four tackles and an 18-yard interception returned for a touchdown versus Furman … Did not play at Purdue or East Carolina due to a knee injury … Tallied seven tackles with 1.0 sack, forcing two fumbles against Pittsburgh … Collected two tackles with a half tackle for loss and half sack versus NC State … Logged 10 tackles with 1.0 tackles for loss and two pass breakups and passes defended each at Miami … Notched five tackles with one quarterback hurry versus No. 23 Duke … Posted seven tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack, and recovered a fumble for 34 yards at Boston College … Had a season-high of 12 tackles, tying a career high 2.5 tackles for loss at Georgia Tech … Tallied eight tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss versus No. 12 North Carolina … Collected seven tackles with 1.0 tackles for loss at Virginia ... Had seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup and a pass defended in the Independence Bowl vs. Tulsa.

2014-15: Played in 12 games, making three starts … Logged 418 plays, 325 at linebacker and 93 on special teams … Tallied 54 tackles on the season, including four sacks and two sacks … Also had a fumble recovery … Was in on six defensive plays, assisting on one tackle, in the season opener against William & Mary … Saw action on special teams against East Carolina and Georgia Tech … Recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the Western Michigan game and returned it for a touchdown, also adding a tackle and a hurry in the game … Made a tackle while in on special teams at North Carolina … Had three tackles while seeing action at linebacker and on special teams against Pitt … Made his first start against Miami and finished the game with 11 tackles … Led the Hokies with 14 tackles against Boston College … Made ten tackles in the win at Duke … Had 10 tackles, including two sacks, at Wake Forest … Made two tackles while in on special teams against Virginia … Had a tackle in the bowl game.

2013-14: Was redshirted … Worked on the scout team as a linebacker … Posted a 365-pound bench press, a 380-pound front squat and a 32.5-inch vertical jump in fall scout team max testing … Suffered a fractured right scapula late in spring practice that required surgery.

High School: Played for Coach Robert Jackson at Salem High … Listed as the No. 20 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 13 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Rated the No. 24 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 23 player in Virginia in SuperPrep’s preseason issue … Ranked as the No. 94 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 36 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 24 middle linebacker in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 24 outside linebacker in the country, the No. 48 player in his region and the No. 15 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl … A second-team Group AAA all-state selection by Virginia Preps … A first-team All-Tidewater selection by The Virginian Pilot as a senior after posting 115 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks … Also had three interceptions and five forced fumbles … A first-team All-Eastern Region selection at linebacker … A first-team All-Beach District selection at linebacker … First-team All-757 … A two-time All-Tidewater selection … Had 97 tackles and three interceptions his junior year … Also played basketball and threw the shot put and discus for the track team.

Personal: Andrew Warren Motuapuaka … Born June 29, 1995 in Auckland, New Zealand … Son of Siaosi and Manu Motuapuaka, who are from Tonga and went to school in New Zealand … Has a younger brother and younger sister … Family migrated to the U.S. and his father joined the U.S. Army … Majoring in multimedia journalism.

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