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#b-79 Sione Tau
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 325
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Honolulu, Hawai'i
High School: Damien Memorial
Experience: Varsity Reserve

AT COLORADO: 2011 (Sr.)—He saw the first action of his career, playing in all 12 games, including one start (versus Colorado State); it was his first game action since he was a high school senior in 2006.  He was in for 101 snaps from scrimmage over the course of five games, the bulk in two contests (66 against CSU, 31 versus California), grading out to 76.2 percent for the year.  He had two great effort blocks and one touchdown block, allowing one quarterback sack, one pressure and was called for one penalty; his best game grade was 83.3 percent versus the Rams.  He was a regular on the FG/PAT unit on special teams, playing an additional 42 snaps on that squad.

2010 (Jr.)—He did not see any action, but dressed for all the home games and the Colorado State game in Denver; he was a backup to All-American Nate Solder, who played every snap of the season.

2009 (Soph.)—He sat out the entire season: he was excused from all team activities due to violating team rules.  He met all the requirements for reinstatement and returned to active status with the squad after the fall semester.

2008 (Fr.-RS)—He entered the fall listed second at right offensive tackle and likely would have competed for a starting position, but he was ruled academically ineligible after the summer session on the CU campus.  He added 15 pounds to his frame from his weight as a true freshman.

2007 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced all fall on the offensive line.  He dressed for nine games including the Independence Bowl.
 
HIGH SCHOOL—Scout.com ranked him as the No. 33 offensive tackle in the nation, the No. 1 O-line prospect from Hawai’i.  As a senior, he earned first-team All-State and All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) honors; he earned honorable mention in both as a junior and was honorable mention All-ILH as a sophomore.  A three-year starter on the offensive line (all at tackle), he graded out to 88 percent as a senior, when he averaged 8-to-10 pancake blocks per game with eight direct touchdown blocks; he allowed two sacks and was flagged just twice for penalties.  As a junior, playing inside tackle on an uneven line, he graded out to 93 percent, averaging seven pancake blocks per outing with five touchdown blocks.  He graded out at 84 percent as a sophomore.  He played offensive tackle, defensive end and was the long snapper on the junior varsity team as a freshman.  Top games his senior year included Punahou, where he returned in the second half after suffering a leg injury, serving as an inspiration to his team, and against Iolani, when he had 18 pancake, three touchdown and six downfield blocks in the win.  Damien Memorial was 4-5-1 his senior year and 5-5 his junior and sophomore seasons under coach Dean Nakagawa.  He also lettered four times in basketball (center) and in track (throws); he was the Hawai’i state discus champion his senior year (with a throw of 163-3; his career best was 175-0).   In the shot put, he was fourth as a junior and fifth as a senior in the state meet, and owned a career best of 49-11½.
 
ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Sociology at Colorado and is on schedule to graduate in May 2012.  He earned his way onto the Honor Roll for the first time as a senior, as he had nearly a 3.4 grade point average for the fall semester.  He was the vice president of his senior class.
 
PERSONAL—Born March 2, 1988 in Pago Pago, American Samoa.  His hobbies include music, both singing and playing instruments as he can play five: guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums and the ukulele.  He also considers himself an “amateur” counselor so-to-speak, as he takes great satisfaction working with friends and loved ones on any problems they bring to him.  (First name is pronounced See-Own-E, last name pronounced Towe, as in now.)

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