Merrill Taliauli
Defensive Line 54
310 lbs.
Salt Lake City, 
Last School
East High School
Roster Years
2013 | 2016-2018


  • Parents are Sisilia and Toni Taliauli
  • Wife's name is Risha
  • Graduated high school early
  • Served a mission in the Washington Federal Way mission

Before BYU

  • Four year letterwinner at East HS in Salt Lake City
  • All-State Offensive Lineman
  • High Honor Roll
  • Also recruited by Utah, Utah State, Boise State, Idaho State, Arizona and Stanford


  • Federal Way , Washington
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2013

  • Notched two tackles against Wisconsin
  • Tallied one tackle in the win over Georgia Tech
Sophmore Year 2016

  • Started the first seven games on the defensive line before season-ending injury
  • Posted seven total tackles
  • Recorded his first career tackle for loss against Mississippi State
Junior Year 2017

  • Played in 13 games, started in two
  • Totaled 27 tackles, including 11 solo stops
  • Returned one fumble for eight yards at Hawai'i
Senior Year 2018

  • Played in all 13 games, starting eight
  • Totaled 15 tackles including 6 solo stops
  • Posted a pass breakup against Northern Illinois
  • Tied career-high four total tackles at Boise State
  • Tallied first career sack at No. 17 Utah
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year