Red Raiders continue practice heading towards the season-opener against Sam Houston State at Jones AT&T Stadium.
CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 3 2x, at TCU (2014)
Tackles For Loss: 1, at TCU (2014)
Sacks: 1, at TCU (2014)
Fumbles Recovered: None
* Indicates most recent high
Played in 12 game with nine tackles (seven solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry... made one tackle (solo) against No. 5 Baylor (11/29) at AT&T Stadium... tallied a solo tackle against Texas (11/1)... matched a season-high three tackles (all solo) along with recording first career sack (loss of 9 yards) and quarterback hurry at No. 10 TCU (10/25)... posted a tackle (assisted) against West Virginia (10/11)... first tallied three tackles (one solo) against Arkansas (9/13) while adding 0.5 tackle for loss... made career debut in season opener against Central Arkansas (8/30) on special teams.
COLLEGE OF SAN MATEO
College of San Mateo in San Mateo, Calif... three-star prospect by ESPN and 24/7 Sports... rated as the No. 44 junior college player in the state of California by 24/7 Sports... rated as the No. 164 junior college player in the 2014 recruiting class by 24/7 Sports... two-star prospect by Rivals and Scout... first team All-Northern California Football Association NorCal Conference selection... as a sophomore recorded 41 tackles (31 solo) with 11.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, broke up one pass and blocked one kick... team captured the Bothman Bulldog Bowl with a 10-1 overall record, 4-1 conference record and tallied a perfect 7-0 record at home... helped lead team to a 7-4 record as a freshman in 2012... posted 57 tackles (33 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, forced one fumble, one interception and blocked one kick... returned an interception for a touchdown and also returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown... CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: California, Fresno State, Nevada and TCU... Junior College Coach: Bret Pollack.
Maria Carillo High School in Santa Rosa, Calif. ... three-star running back prospect by Rivals... rated the nation's No. 50 running back by Rivals... earned National Underclassmen Combine MVP award at 2010 event at Rio Linda High School... played in 2011 Polynesian All-America game following 2010 senior season... finished with 100 carries for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior... earned first team All-Redwood Empire and All-North Bay League honors... as a junior received North Bay League Most Valuable Player honors while rushing for 900 yards and 17 touchdowns and adding 77 tackles with three sacks, three fumble recoveries as a strong safety... in 2008, as a sophomore, earned second team all-league at both running back and safety... participated in the Rivals Five-Star Academy and the Palo Alto Nike Camp in 2010... High School Coach: Jay Higgins.
Faatatala Apisai Atoe, Jr. (nickname: Sam)... born in Santa Rosa, California... son of Luisa and Tala Atoe... has one brother, Phil Jordan, and two sisters, Natashia Suka and Palagi Atoe... a landscape architecture major at Texas Tech.