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#48 Liloa Nobriga
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240
Year: Freshman
City/State: Summerlin, Nev.
High School: Palo Verde
Experience: High School
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AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)-Enters the fall listed second at outside linebacker, though he could see time on the inside where he finished his redshirt frosh season.  He saw limited action during spring practice after suffering a severe hamstring strain in winter conditioning (Feb. 24), the injury bothering him off and on through the end of drills.  He has bulked up some 25 pounds since the summer of 2010.

2010 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in 11 games (he didn't make the Cal trip), starting the final five games of the season at the "will" inside linebacker spot after Jon Major was lost for the year with a knee injury; he played in nine on defense and in all on special teams.  In just 298 snaps from scrimmage, he registered 46 tackles (23 solo), tying for sixth most on the team, as only one other player with less than 300 snaps had over 19 tackles.  He had six tackles for zero yardage, one for a loss and one third down stop, along with a forced fumble and three passes broken up.  In his five starts, he recorded 35 tackles, including a career-high 11 at Kansas (eight solo) and 10 at Nebraska (seven unassisted).  He also had eight stops against Texas Tech and batted away passes against Kansas, Iowa State and Kansas State.  He earned five special teams points on the strength of a solo tackle, a knockdown block, a wedge break and two caused penalties.  He earned the CU's Special Teams Player of the Week nod for the Hawai'i game and was CU's Linebacker of the Game against Kansas State (six tackles and the one pass broken up).  He had 10 tackles (eight solo, two for losses) in the three main spring scrimmages.

2009 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced at linebacker the entire fall.

HIGH SCHOOL-He was named the No. 74 weak-side linebacker by Scout.com and the No. 87 outside linebacker by Rivals.com, where he was the No. 11 player from the state of Nevada and the No. 3 linebacker from the state on that list.  ESPN ranks him as the No. 141 outside linebacker in the country.  He earned first-team All-State honors by the Nevada Prep Report and the Las Vegas Review-Journal was a first-team All-Sunshine Region selection when Palo Verde won the Sunset League Championship and lost in the state championship game by a score of 13-12.  As a senior, he led the state of Nevada with 185 tackles, including 10 for losses (four sacks); he also had one fumble recovery and an interception.  He was a key part of a defense that allowed just 11.4 points per game en route to a 14-1 record under coach Darwin Rost.  He was also Palo Verde's punter, earning first-team All-Sunset League honors and had 26 punts with an average of 37.5 yards per punt and 16 punts inside the opponent 20 yard line.  He had a 77-yard punt that came at a key moment with Palo Verde stuck inside its own 10 yard line and he kicked it 20 yards over the return man's head.  He also had 11 kickoffs on special teams action.  He had 19 tackles against McQueen in the state championship game, 20 tackles against Arbor View in a 48-21 victory and had 12 or more tackles in 10 games.  Against Cimarron-Memorial, he had seven tackles, one sack and an interception.  His interception came in overtime on the opponent's five yard line, and Palo Verde swung the momentum and won the game 17-14 on the next drive.  As a junior with Palo Verde compiling a 12-1 record with a Sunset League Championship and another loss in the state championship game, this one by a 24-20 score, he was named the Co-Sunset League Defensive Player of the Year and earned second-team All-State by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and was also named first-team All-Sunset League both on defense and as punter.  He compiled 121 tackles with 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked punt.  He punted 30 times with an average of 33.7 per punt, a long of 58 and had 14 punts inside the opponent 20 yard line.  Against Spring Valley his junior season, he had seven tackles, two sacks and an interception.  Against Western, he had six tackles and three sacks and he had 15 tackles against Cimarron-Memorial and 14 against Sierra Vista that season.  In two seasons at Palo Verde, the team went 26-2 and he had 306 tackles, 15 sacks and two interceptions.  He attended Iolani School in Honolulu his freshman and sophomore seasons before moving with his family to Nevada.  He did not play football his sophomore season.  He won a state championship on the freshman team at Iolani as the team went a perfect 11-0.  He also plays basketball at Palo Verde and did so at Iolani School, as well.  He earned second-team All-Sunset League as a junior at Palo Verde averaging 11.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  This season he is averaging 6.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game as he got a late start on the basketball season with the football team's run to the state championship game.  At Iolani, he earned honorable mention All-State honors as both a freshman and sophomore by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.  Iolani won a State Championship his freshman season and prior to sophomore year, he was named one of the top 10 basketball players in the state by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.   

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado.

PERSONAL-He was born August 10, 1990 in Honolulu.  He grew up in Kailua, the same town on Oahu as CU associate head coach Brian Cabral.  He enjoys playing basketball, hanging out with friends and going to the beach when he lived in Hawaii.  An uncle, Robert Faleafine, played quarterback at Washington State in the '70s and backed up Cougar great Jack Thompson.  A cousin, Nu'u Faaola, played running back at Hawaii and then in the NFL from 1986-89 for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.  He is also related to Alvis Satele, Hercules Satele, Samson Satele and Brashton Satele, who all played collegiately at Hawaii.  Samson Satele was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and Alvis Satele played in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers.  Hercules Satele signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 but did not play. (First name is pronounced lee-low-ah, last name no-brigg-uh.)

Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2010 9 298 23 23 46 1-1 0-0 1 0 0 1 3 0
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS-Special Team Tackles: 1,0-1 (2010).
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