Sonny Sanitoa

#93 Sonny Sanitoa UNLV
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 270
Hometown: Pago Pago, American Samoa
Position: DL

Twitter: @sanitoa_93
Instagram: @sanitoa93

Favorite Quote:
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

I always knew football was something I wanted to pursue. I played a lot of rugby back in Samoa because it is the primary sport there aside from football. They did not start pop warner football until I reached high school so I settled for flag football in elementary school. I played all 4 years in high school using rugby on the side as a way to increase my speed and agility.

I played in the Samoa bowl (Hawaii vs American Samoa) and won the defensive player of the game and the hardest hit of the night award. I did not get much awareness coming out of high school but I took whatever blessing I had and treated it as such. I came to UNLV and attended it for 5 years.

I was the best defensive end coming out of my red shirt year and had a knee injury right before my red-shirt freshmen season started that kept me out for half of the season. I took that very personal and grinded harder than ever before and came back for the 2nd half of the season. I lead the team in sacks for that year.

The years following I have been a backbone to the young athletes coming in, which in return has helped me grow as an athlete. Now I am continuing to pursue my dream. I am working harder than I ever have in my life. The vision I have is making me obsessed with success. There’s nothing that I want more than to make it to the next level and make my family proud and prove to everyone I have what it takes.

List of Achievements and Awards:
Team Captain 2014-2015
2015-2016. Tom Wiesner Award Winner
Tied for most sacks as a freshmen in UNLV school history.

History of High School – Current College:
Samoana high school, American Samoa.
UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

2015: Started all 12 games with 20 solo tackles, 21 assist, 1 being a sack, 3 TFLs, 1 interception, and 4 pass breakups.
2014: Started all 13 games at DE and posted a career-high 44 total tackles, including four for-loss,Tied for fourth on the squad with 2.5 sacks, Turned in a career-high nine tackles vs. Air Force on Nov. 8.
2013: Started all 13 games at one defensive end spot, Totaled a career-high 34 tackles, including 5.5 TFL, Added two QB sacks for a loss of eight yards, Matched career-high with five takedowns vs. Utah State in Game 10.
2012: Earned first letter as a Rebel by playing in nine games, including starting the final eight dates of the campaign at DE, Missed the first third of the season because of injury, Finished with 28 tackles and a forced fumble, Recorded a sack in the first three games of his career en route to a team-leading five overall, Those five sacks tied a UNLV freshman record for a season.

How do you feel about USO Sports?
“The first time I talked to Aaron was the moment I knew I wanted him to be my agent very bad. Everything he talked about seemed reliable, straightforward and articulate to my knowledge. I was sold right away as he continued to talk to me about where I stood after the season and where I can be if I worked harder than I ever did in my life for pro day. I feel USO Sports connects with me on a personal level because I feel that Aaron knows the struggle of Polynesians on the rock. Not only that I feel that he knows what our families go through so he does his best to get us where we want to be in order to support them. All in all, I am glad I met him and have this mutual relationship with him because he knows of my capabilities and where I can go with them. Aaron Gordon is the MAN!”