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Puka Lopa
Player Profile:
Puka Lopa 1250438
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 250
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
High School: Grant HS
Experience: 3 Letters

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Career Stats
Game Logs: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Lopa is expected to begin his 2015 senior season as a starter at one defensive end as part of a heavy rotation at the position, rising to the top spot by being a part of the mix over his the last three seasons of his four in the program. Lopa has played in 26 career games with four starts, contributing totals of 23 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards) and 3.0 sacks (-19 yards), as well one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry.
Cal Career (2012 – Present)
► Has played in 26 games with four starts over the last three seasons of his first four campaigns with the program after redshirting as a true freshman in 2011
► Has contributed career totals of 23 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards), 3.0 sacks (-19 yards), one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry
► Ranks tied for fourth among Cal’s active career leaders in sacks, sack yards and forced fumbles, and tied for seventh in tackle for loss yards
► Posted his biggest numbers as a 2013 sophomore when he had career highs of 15 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss (-19 yards) and 2.0 sacks (-16 yards), as well as the lone pass breakup (vs. Oregon State), forced fumble (vs. Oregon State) and quarterback hurry (vs. USC) of his career
► Equaled a career-high for sacks (1.0) and tackles for loss (1.0) with a three-yard sack at Arizona during his 2014 junior campaign

Senior (2015)
► Listed as the starter at one defensive end position on the preseason depth chart
► Contributed one tackle in the spring game

Junior (2014)
► Made a significant contribution to a defensive line that helped the Cal defense move up 48 spots from the previous season to No. 38 in rushing defense (144.6 ypg), cutting 44 yards off its per-game average allowed from the 2013 campaign
► Played in 10 games off the bench including each of the first eight and contributed eight tackles along with 1.0 sack (-3 yards) and 1.0 tackle for loss (-3 yards)
► Recorded a season-high three tackles to go along with a career-high-tying 1.0 sack (-3 yards) and 1.0 tackle for loss (-3 ayrds) at Arizona
► Added two tackles vs. Stanford as well as one each vs. Sacramento State, Oregon and BYU
► Did not play in the spring game due to an injury suffered late in the spring practice sessions

Sophomore (2013)
► Played in all 12 games with four starts all coming in succession over the final five contests
► Totaled 15 tackles and ranked tied for third on the team with 2.0 sacks for a team-high 16 yards, while adding 3.0 tackles for loss for 19 yards to rank tied for third on the club, one forced fumble to rank tied for second on the team, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry
► Earned his first start at Washington after a huge game off the bench vs. Oregon State when he registered a career-high of four tackles, an 11-yard sack to tie a career-high for sacks which was also the longest of his career abnd took the Beavers out of field goal range, the lone forced fumble of his career at the Cal one-yardline to keep Oregon State out of the end zone just before halftime as well as his lone career pass breakup
► Also egistered three tackles vs. Portland State, two along with 0.5 tackles for loss (-2 yards) at Oregon and one each vs. Ohio State, vs. Washington State on a five-yard sack to tie a career high for sacks and tackles for loss, at Washington, vs. Arizona, vs. USC along with his lone career quarterback hurry, and at Stanford also with 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard)
Freshman (2012)
► Played in four consecutive games off the bench but did not record any stats other than participation, seeing action vs. UCLA, at Washington State, vs. Stanford and at Utah
► Shared game-high honors with seven tackles in the spring game, while adding 1.0 sack

Freshman (2011)
► Redshirted
► Did not play
► Named Scout Team Player of the Year on defense

Grant HS (Class of 2011)
► An All-Region selection of Prepstar and SuperPrep as a 2010 senior
► Paced his squad in tackles, sacks and fumble recoveries in both his 2009 junior and 2010 senior campaigns when he picked up All-Sac-Joaquin Section and All-Delta Valley League honors each season
► Added All-Area recognition as a senior when he posted 128 tackles, 21.0 sacks, five fumble recoveries and one forced fumble for a squad that finished 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the Delta Valley League to win a conference title
► Big senior season followed a junior campaign in which he had 100 tackles, 20.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and all four of the team's blocked punts when his squad was 12-1 and again was unbeaten in the conference at 6-0 to win the DVL
► Contributed 17 tackles as a sophomore in 2008 for an unbeaten 14-0 state championship squad that was 5-0 in the league to claim another DVL crown

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2011)
► Picked up three stars from ESPN, Rivals and Scout
► Listed as Rivals’ No. 34 strong side defensive end nationally, while Scout had him at No. 56 and ESPN placed him at No. 138 for all defensive ends
► Rivals listed him as the No. 46 overall player from the state of California, while he checked in on SuperPrep's top players in California/Hawaii/Nevada at No. 57

► Full name is Faigame Paulo Lopa
► Born September 3, 1993
► Parents are Tiamu and Bernadette Lopa
► Major is social welfare

Lopa's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 4 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0 (three times, last at Arizona, 2014)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 11 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Sacks: 1.0 (three times, last at Arizona, 2014)
Sack Yards: 11 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (vs. USC, 2013)
Pass Breakup: 1 (vs. Oregon State, 2013)

Last Updated
June 27, 2015

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