Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
University of Washington Huskies
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Te’o-Nesheim is a high-motor, relentless pass rusher. The two-time second-team All-Pac-10 Conference performer never quits on any play and gives maximum effort from snap to whistle. Blessed with the size, large hands and long arms you look for in a pass rusher, his quickness is evident when he drops back to defend in passing situations. His burst and lateral agility (4.18 20-yard shuttle/6.91 three-cone drill) indicate the potential to become a dominant force as a strong-side linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme. His raw power (29 repetitions at 225-pound bench press) is highlighted on the field, as he often easily battles offensive linemen bigger than him.
Te’o-Nesheim became a fan favorite during his days at Washington, as he is known for being an energetic, non-stop player. The defensive end started all 49 games he played in for the Huskies, going on to set the school career-record with 30.5 quarterback sacks. His 50.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage placed third in school history. He is also a physical tackler, causing eight fumbles during his career.
Te’o-Nesheim attended Hawaii Prep where he was a two-time first-team All-League selection. As a senior, he led his team to a 10-2 overall record, including a 9-0 league record, before losing in the state semifinals.
He earned a three-star rating from Scout.com and was ranked as the nation’s 56th-best defensive end prospect. Rivals.com listed him as the 33rd-best defensive end prospect in the country, and the fifth-best prospect in Hawaii.
The defensive end enrolled at Washington in 2005. He was a standout performer on the scout team that year, as he won the Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad Player of the Year award at the team’s annual postseason banquet.
Te’o-Nesheim started all 12 games in ’06 and made The Sporting News Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman team. He racked up 35 tackles (15 solos) with 6.5 stops for loss, 2.5 sacks and one pass break-up. His best game came vs. Stanford, when he recorded four tackles with two for loss and 1.5 sacks. At season’s end, he was given the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award. He also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
As a sophomore in 2007, Te’o-Nesheim started every game and was voted Washington’s Defensive MVP by his teammates. He recorded 57 tackles (31 solos) and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 with 15 tackles for loss and ninth in the league with 8.5 sacks. His best game of the season came vs. in-state rival Washington State, when he registered nine tackles (six solos), including four for loss and two sacks. He added the team’s John P. Angel Lineman of the Year award.
Although the Huskies struggled in 2008, Te’o-Nesheim was a bright spot. As a team captain, he lead Washington with eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss, recording 65 tackles (41 solos). He ranked sixth in the conference with an average of 0.67 sacks per game, eleventh with an average of 0.96 tackles for loss per game, and earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors.
The defensive end was named the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award winner, the oldest and most prestigious team honor at Washington. He once again captured the John P. Angel Lineman of the Year Award, and the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award.
Te’o-Nesheim returned as a senior captain in 2009. He started all 12 games (11 at left defensive end, one at left defensive tackle) and earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors. He notched 37 tackles (27 solos), 14.0 stops for loss, a career-high 11.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He averaged 0.83 sacks, as well as 0.42 fumbles forced per game to rank second in the conference in both categories. At the team’s annual season-end banquet, Te’o-Nesheim collected the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award for the second-straight season and the third time in his career.
Started all 49 games in his collegiate career, recording 194 tackles (114 solos) with 30.5 sacks for minus 159 yards, 50.5 stops for losses totaling 209 yards and seven pressures…Caused eight fumbles and recovered two others…Also deflected a pass…His 30.5 sacks for minus 159 yards topped the previous school career-record by Ron Holmes (28.0, 1981-84)…His 11.0 sacks in 2009 tied Dennis Brown (1987) for fourth on the school season-record list…Recorded three sacks vs. Cal in 2009 and Arizona in 2008, tying for ninth on the school’s single-game record list…His 50.5 tackles for loss ranks as the third-most in school history…His 209 tackle-for-loss yardage rank as the ninth-most in school annals….His 4.5 tackles for loss vs. Cal in 2009 tied for the eighth-most in a game by a Husky…Recorded four tackles for loss vs. Washington State in 2007 to tie 23 other players for the 11th-most in a single-game.
All-Pac-10 Conference second-team selection by the league’s coaches…The team co-captain won Washington’s L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year award, as well as the team’s defensive weight lifting award…Recorded 37 tackles (27 solos), as he ranked tied for sixth in the conference with an average of 1.08 tackles for loss per game, totaling 14.0 stops for minus 70 yards…His average of 0.83 quarterback sacks per game ranked second in the conference as he made 11.0 sacks for losses of 59 yards, the fourth-best sack total in a season by a Husky…His average of 0.42 forced fumbles per game ranked sixth nationally as he registered five on the season…Recovered two fumbles…Stopped the ball carrier at
the line of scrimmage once and made eight third-down stops vs. the run, as he held those ball carriers to a net of two yards on 43 running plays he was involved in…Had six of his hits inside the red zone, including three on goalline plays.
All-Pac 10 Conference second-team selection…Named the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award winner, the oldest and most prestigious team honor at the UW...Recipient of the Sports Radio 950 KJR Player of the Year Award (Defense), the John P. Angel Lineman of the Year Award and the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award…Served as team captain, starting all 12 games at left defensive end…Chosen the team's defensive player of the week award twice: after the BYU and Arizona games…Recorded 65 tackles (41 solos) and led the team with eight sacks for minus 41 yards, ranking sixth in the league in that category…Led the Huskies with 11.5 stops for losses of 52 yards and credited with three pressures…Also caused a fumble.
Named the team's Defensive MVP (voted by his teammates) and the John P. Angel Line-man of the Year (defense)…Started 13 games at left defensive end, registering 57 tackles (31 solos) with a team-high 8.5 sacks for minus 44 yards, ranking ninth in the Pac-10 in that category…Also led the Huskies with a career-best 15.0 stops for losses of 61 yards, as he caused two fumbles and generated one quarterback pressure…Named the team's defensive player of the week for the Syracuse, Ohio State and Oregon State games.
Named to The Sporting News Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman team...Earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 and won the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award in his first season of action…Started all 12 games at left defensive end, collecting 35 tackles (15 solos) with three sacks for minus 15 yards, three pressures and ten stops for losses totaling 26 yards.
Did not see action as a freshman...Won the Mark Drennan Defensive Scout Squad Player of the Year Award.
Competed in throwing events for the track team earlier in his Washington career…2006-07 Season…Qualified for NCAA Regionals in the shot put and competed at Pac-10 Finals in both the shot put and discus...Led the Huskies in the shot put indoors despite competing only twice, throwing a career-high 56-5 ¼ at the UW Invitational...Top indoor shot put ranked 10th on UW Top-10...Finished 21st in the shot put at the West Regionals, throwing 52-11...Top outdoor shot put of 56-4 ½ came at Auburn Springtime Invite in a second-place finish...Was UW's No. 2 discus competitor, with leading mark of 159-8
coming at the UW-WSU dual...Placed 18th at Pac-10's in the shot put and 19th in the discus.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.76 in the 40-yard dash…1.60 10-yard dash…2.74 20-yard dash…4.18 20-yard shuttle…6.91 three-cone drill…37-inch vertical jump…10’1” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times…33 ¾-inch arm length…10 ½-inch hands.
Attended Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Kamuela, HI), playing football for head coach Tom Goodspeed…Among his coaches on the Hawaii Prep staff was former University of Washington All-American center Bern Brostek…Two-time first team all-league (Big Island Interscholastic Federation) selection…Helped led his team to a 10-2 overall record as a senior in 2004, including a 9-0 league record, before losing in the state semifinals to ‘Iolani (Honolulu, HI)…Given a three-star rating and ranked as the 56th-best defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com…Ranked as the 33rd-best defensive end prospect in the nation and the fifth-best prospect in the state of Hawaii by Rivals.com…Also excelled on the
track team as a shot-putter and a discus thrower.
Interdisciplinary Visual Arts major…Academic All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention in 2006…Born in Samoa.