Stephen Paea

Stephen Paea

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Los Altos, Calif.

High School:
Timpview

Last College:
Snow CC

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 311

Position:
DT

Experience:
3V

Updated Dec. 20, 2010

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2010: Paea (pie-uh) is one of the premier defensive tackles in the nation and earned the Pac-10 Conference's Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award - the second Beaver to capture the award (Bill Swancutt, 2004) ... Pac-10 First Team honors for the second straight year ... AP First Team All-American, first by a Beaver defensive lineman since Jess Lewis in 1967 ... winner of the Morris Trophy for the second straight year - an honor awarded to league's top defensive lineman as voted on by the conference's offensive lineman ... Sports Illustrated and Sporting News First Team All-American ... announced as a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award Nov. 8, presented annually to the nation's top defensive player ... made at least one tackle-for-loss in 12 of the last 18 games ... 14 career sacks, tied for the eighth at OSU ... 29.5 tackles for loss for his career, tied for eighth at OSU ... school record holder for forced fumbles with nine, including matching a school record with four this season ... eight tackles at Stanford, a career-high ... Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 22 after making six tackles, including 2.5 TFLs and 1 QB sack, and forcing a fumble against USC ... 37 starts, 25 straight ... considered opting out of his senior year for the NFL Draft ... strong player with a rugby background from his youth in Tonga ... faced constant double teams ... the strongest player on the team, and possibly the nation's strongest tackle ... Lombardi, Outland and Nagurski Award Watch lists ... co-team captain for second year ... SI.com, Lindy's Football Preview and Athlon Sports Preseason First Team All-American ... Phil Steele's First Team preseason and postseason All-Pac-10 ... NationalChamps.net preseason second team All-American ... candidate for the Lott Trophy, which is awarded to the top FBS defensive player who exhibits "integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity" ... Rivals.com preseason No. 1 tackle in the country ... as of mid-May 2010 he held all of OSU's defensive tackle records in the weight room - vertical jump (30"), shuttle (4.37), 225-pound bench (44 reps), bench press (550 lbs), squat (650 lbs), clean (365 lbs) - all would be in the top-10 statistically at the 2010 NFL Combine.

2009: Pac-10's Morris Trophy winner, given annually to the league's top defensive lineman as voted on by the league's offensive linemen ... Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List ... All-Pac-10 First Team ... Ted Miller of ESPN.com ranked him the 24th best player in the Pac-10 prior to the season ... team-leading 8.5 tackles for loss and co-leader for sacks with three ... tallied 3.0 sacks against UCLA ... forced two fumbles each against UCLA and at Oregon ... four forced fumbles ties the OSU single season record ... recovered a fumble against Portland State ... co-team captain.

2008: Paea made an immediate impact on the Beavers' defense ... Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com picked him as having the eighth best performance in a bowl game for being a "disruptive force" ... bothered the last month of the season with a bursa sack on his knee, forcing him to miss the start of the season finale ... 41 tackles for the season, including a career-high 6 vs. California and WSU ... 11 TFLs and five sacks -- impressive numbers for a tackle in the OSU system ... College Football News Sophomore Second Team ... Pac-10 Honorable Mention.

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