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Michael Sipili
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Michael Sipili 54963
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 235
Year: Freshman
City/State: Honolulu, Hawai'i
High School: Damien Memorial
Experience: High School

AT COLORADO: 2010 (Sr.)-He started all 12 games at the "mike" linebacker position, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press. In playing 655 snaps from scrimmage, he led the team in tackles with 94, with his 51 solo the second-most. His 11 for losses were also a team high, a total which included three-and-a-half quarterback sacks. He added four third stops, eight tackles for zero, a quarterback pressure, an interception, a forced fumble and a recovery. Top games included at Oklahoma, when he had a career-high 12 tackles, with a sack and a third down stop; versus Texas Tech, an 11-tackle effort; at Nebraska, where he made 10 tackles; and versus Baylor, a 9-tackle game with a forced fumble and the first and only interception of his career. He was CU's linebacker of the game for his efforts in a 34-14 win over Iowa State, when he had six tackles, three solo including two for losses and a quarterback sack, as well as a fumble recovery that he returned 45 yards for a touchdown, the lone score of his college career. He had a huge spring, with 20 tackles (10 solo, four for losses) and two third down stops in the three main spring scrimmages.

2009 (Jr.)-He played in 10 games, including three starts (Texas, Kansas State, Iowa State), missing the opener against Colorado State with a sprained knee and did not play at West Virginia.  In 263 snaps from scrimmage, he was in on 39 tackles, 21 solo, two for losses and two for no gain, with three third down stops, two hurries and a forced fumble (at Oklahoma State).  He had a career/season-high 10 tackles versus Missouri (four solo), and recorded eight (four solo) the following week against Texas A&M.  He had six tackles at Texas (five solo, one for a loss).  One of the recipients of the team's Gold Group Commitment Award as selected by the coaches, as the honor recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas.  Phil Steele's College Football ranked him as the No. 57 inside linebacker in the nation heading into the year.

2008 (Soph.)-He saw action in eight games, seven on defense, which included starts in the first three games of the year.  He had 19 tackles on the season (11 solo) in 127 plays from scrimmage.  He added two third down stops, two quarterback hurries, a caused interception and a pass broken up.  He had five tackles in two games, versus Colorado State (one solo) and West Virginia (all solo).  He also had five knockdown blocks to spring the return men on special teams duty.

2007 (RS)-Redshirted; he was involved in an off-campus incident that led to CU's Office of Judicial Affairs suspending him from school for the fall semester.  Prior to not being allowed to practice, he was selected by the coaches as the Scout Team Defense award winner for the Colorado State game.

2006 (Fr.)-He earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News, as he saw action in all 12 games, including 10 on defense with two starts (Missouri, Nebraska).   He was in for 155 snaps from scrimmage and posted 31 tackles for the season (16 solo), with three third down stops, one quarterback pressure and a pass deflection.  He had a season- and thus career-high seven tackles (four solo) in the finale at Nebraska, perhaps setting the stage for the rest of his career.  He also had five against Iowa State and four each against Arizona State and Georgia.  On special teams, he had three points on the strength of a knockdown block, a wedge break and a first downfield to alter a return.

HIGH SCHOOL-Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 34 inside linebacker in the nation, and as the No. 4 overall prospect from the state of Hawai'i.  He was named first-team all-state (Honolulu Advertiser) and first-team all-league (IHL) as a senior, when he split time between inside linebacker and defensive end.  He recorded 61 tackles, 11 for losses including eight quarterback sacks, five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and made three interceptions.  On offense, he occasionally played some fullback, in either short yardage or goal line situations, rushing for three touchdowns with receptions for four more.  As a junior, he was a second-team all-state and first team all-league performer, playing strictly at defensive end.  He totaled 50 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions on the year.   As a sophomore, he lettered at defensive tackle.  Top games as a senior included a 12-tackle, two sack effort in a 21-19 loss to Aiea, and an 11-tackle and two sack game against St. Louis in a 21-12 loss.  Under coach Rudy Alejo, Damien Memorial posted a 4-11 mark his senior year, a 4-7 record his junior season and a 5-6 record his sophomore year, though they got on a roll late and made it to the state finals where they lost to Aiea, 9-7.  He also lettered twice in basketball and twice in track (sprints and throws) in high school.

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Ethnic Studies at Colorado and was on schedule to graduate in May 2011. In high school he owned a 3.3 grade point average, including a 3.94 in his fall 2005 semester. He was on the Honor Roll throughout high school and took advanced placement courses in Spanish and Physics.

PERSONAL-Born July 10, 1988 in American Samoa. His hobbies include singing, and as he says, "tear up the ukulele," and also loves to dance.  

Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2006 10 155 16 15 31 0- 0 0- 0 3 1 0 0 1 0
2008 7 127 11 8 19 0- 0 0- 0 2 2 0 0 1 0
2009 10 263 21 18 39 2- 6 0- 0 3 2 0 1 0 0
2010 12 655 51 43 94 11-34 3.5-21 4 1 1 1 0 1
Totals 39 1200 99 84 183 13-40 3.5-21 12 6 1 2 2 1

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Kickoff Returns: 1-8, 8.0 avg. (2008). Interception Returns. 1-4, 4.0, 0 TD (2010); Fumble Returns. 1-45, 45.0 avg., 1 TD (2010).


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