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17 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Aulelio Olomua

In which BracketCat counts down the 17th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of defensive end Aulelio Olomua.

It will be impossible to replace Marquel Bryant's hustle. But we at least need to replace some of his snaps in the defensive end rotation. That's where Aulelio Olomua comes in.
It will be impossible to replace Marquel Bryant's hustle. But we at least need to replace some of his snaps in the defensive end rotation. That's where Aulelio Olomua comes in.
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#17 Aulelio Olomua
True Senior
6-5 | 245
Mesa, Ariz.

Bio

Position: Defensive End

Previous College: Mesa (Ariz.) Community College

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

Aulelio Olomua (b. Oct. 19, 1992) is an athletic defensive end who joined the program just prior to the 2015 season, during which he saw no playing time. Nevertheless, he will be in the mix for playing time at defensive end in 2016.

Olomua was the lone junior college recruit in the 2015 class. Our track record lately with JUCO players is that they generally don't amount to much more than backups in their first year on campus. Olomua has proved no different.

At Mesa Community College, Olomua played for the Thunderbirds under head coach Ryan Felker and was rated the 11th-best community college defensive end by ESPN. You can watch Olomua's JUCO highlights here.

He carded 83 tackles in 2014, including six tackles for loss and two sacks, and he tallied three double-digit-tackle games as a sophomore, including a career-high 12 against Glendale (Ariz.) Community College.

Olomua was named a second-team performer from the Western States Football League and Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. He made 49 tackles as a freshman, including four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

An all-state player under his head coach and father, Pita, as well as coach Kelley Moore, Olomua made 50 tackles, including six sacks, as a high school senior, while tallying 94 tackles and 23 sacks as a junior.

He originally signed out of high school with BYU, where his brother, Bristol, played eight games as a true freshman wide receiver before later transferring to Texas Tech.