42 Peni Vea

  • Defensive back
  • Grade: Freshman
  • Height: 6′1″
  • Weight: 195 lbs
UNLV: Last year's team Co-MVP on defense will be an honors candidate as a junior this season ... Listed No. 1 at strong safety spot heading into the fall ... Named second team Preseason All-MW by Phil Steele's and Athlon ... Originally signed with Mountain West member Utah State out of high school but instead joined the Rebels in time for fall 2011 ... Name is pronounced "PENNY VAY-ah."

2013: Earned Honorable Mention All-MW after starting all 13 games at strong safety and leading the team in total tackles with 108, including three TFL ... Finished 11th in the league and tied for 70th in the nation with 8.3 takedowns per game ... Ranked second on squad with two interceptions ... Grabbed his first career pick in a comeback win over Central Michigan in Game Three and added another vs. San Jose State in Game Nine ... Posted a career-high 13 takedowns in win at UNR in Game Eight ... Twice finished with a dozen tackles (vs. Arizona and at New Mexico) ... Led UNLV in tackles in the Heart of Dallas Bowl with a game-high 11 against North Texas ... Also had two nine-tackle efforts (at Minnesota and vs. SJSU).

2012: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in eight games, including starting six at free safety ... Finished ranked sixth on the team with 52 total tackles despite missing a third of the season because of injury ... Had a big opening month by posting nine tackles each vs. Minnesota and NAU and then a career-high 10 vs. Washington State in Game Three.

2011: Joined UNLV in time for fall camp before redshirting the season ... Named UNLV Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Kealakehe HS ... Lettered four seasons for coach Gary Clark ... Played S, LB and returned punts and kickoffs for the Waveriders ... Earned Honolulu Star-Advertiser third team all-state, all-district and All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I honors after registering a team-high 85 total tackles, eight TFL, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and four interceptions as a senior ... Also scored three TDs, returning two interceptions and returning a kickoff 90 yards ... Helped his team finish 10-2 and win its fifth BIIF title in seven years in 2010 ... As a junior, earned First Team All-BIIF Division I accolades ... Also a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a two-year letterwinner in basketball ... Named his school's Athlete of the Year in 2010-11.

PERSONAL: Peni A. Vea was born March 4, 1992 ... Father is Tevita Vea and mother is Pesi Vea ... Has a brother, Aleki, and sister, Tupou ... Majoring in criminal justice.
Next Game: Football

Sep. 5, 4:30 p.m. (PST)


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