AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)-He is finally healthy again after spending the previous 18 months rehabbing from two knee surgeries. He was really kind of an unknown as far as where to place him on the depth chart as the coaches wanted to determine his status in fall camp.
2009 (Fr.-RS)-He was on the road to recovery after injuring his right knee his freshman year when he suffered torn ligaments in his left knee while conditioning on March 3. He missed all of spring ball as he underwent surgery on March 31 and missed all of fall camp. He eventually returned to practice but never to the point where he was able to play in a game.
2008 (Fr.)- He was granted a medical hardship after missing the bulk of the 2008 season due to injury, thus he picked up an extra year of eligibility. He worked his way into the starting lineup by the second game of the season; he played in the opener against Colorado State and started the next two against Eastern Washington and West Virginia and was progressing rapidly. But on September 23, he tore his ACL in his good knee in a non-contact drill during practice and was lost for the remainder of the season. He played enough to letter, as he was in for 165 plays from scrimmage and recorded 16.5 knockdown blocks, including 6.5 versus West Virginia when he graded out to a season-best 78 percent. He also had touchdown block and just one sack allowed while not being called for a penalty.
HIGH SCHOOL-A member of PrepStar's Dream Team, ranked as the No. 82 player overall in the nation, despite suffering a season-ending knee injury (ACL and MCL) during the first day of spring drills, had August surgery and never played as a senior for Corona. SuperPrep named him to its All-Far West Team, ranking him as the No. 75 player overall (and the 12th ranked offensive lineman). Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 7 offensive lineman in the nation, and the No. 20 overall prospect in California; Scout.com tabbed him the No. 67 player in the state and the No. 20 guard in the nation. He was still selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando. The Tacoma News-Tribune named him to its Western 100 team (one of 20 offensive linemen). As a junior, he was selected to the California All-State Underclass Team and was also named first-team All-State, All-CIF Inland Empire, All-CIF Southern California, All-Riverside County and All-Mountain View League. Named Corona's best lineman, he racked up 110 pancake blocks on the season and allowed zero sacks. Playing defensive tackle, he recorded 40 tackles and eight quarterback sacks. As a sophomore, he tallied 100 pancakes on the season and allowed just two sacks. His top games as a junior included a 15-pancake block performance in a 53-28 loss to nationally-ranked Centennial. He had 12 pancakes in a 24-23 win against Norco. Under head coach John Brandom, Corona went 8-3 during his junior season, advancing to the first round of the playoffs; his sophomore team went 5-5. He also lettered once in volleyball as a middle blocker (his sophomore season with current Buff and former high school teammate Nate Vaiomounga). He also lettered three times in track as a thrower, making it to the CIF finals in the discus and shot put.
ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado. He maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school.
PERSONAL-Born January 6, 1990 in Fountain Valley, Calif. His father (Max, Sr.) was an accomplished volleyball (UC-Irvine) and rugby (professional) player who owned a monstrous 46-inch vertical jump. An older brother (Lafu) is a senior offensive lineman at the University of Hawai'i. An uncle (Epenesa "Happy" Epenesa) was defensive lineman at the University of Iowa (1997-98); a cousin (Pisa Tinoosamoa) is a linebacker for the St. Louis Rams; and another cousin, Joey Flores, was a wide receiver for Colorado State (graduated in '06). He enjoys boxing, spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball and making (music) beats with his cousins. At the 2007 Long Beach Nike Combine, he made 26 repetitions on the bench press, the second most among offensive linemen and third most overall. He has a personal best of 41 repetitions of 185 pounds. He is also actively involved with his church. (Last name is pronounced two-E-oh-T.)