Handsome Tanielu
Defensive Line 92
315 lbs.
Last School
Snow College
Roster Years

Career Summary

  • Played in 25 games, starting in 12
  • Totaled 41 tackles, including 13 solo stops


  • Served a two-year church mission in Charlotte, North Carolina

Before BYU

  • A four-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals
  • No. 18-rated JuCo prospect in the country
  • The No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the junior college ranks
  • Prepped at Waianae High School in Hawaii
  • Recorded 36 total tackles with 22 solo stops, three sacks and one fumble recovery in 11 games in 2015, earning Second Team All-Conference honors
  • Helped the Badgers to a 10-1 overall and 7-1 conference record and the Western States Football League title before the team’s win in the Salt City Bowl in Kansas
  • Contributed on Snow’s defense that sacked opposing quarterbacks 44 times to rank No. 9 in the country
  • In 2014, he played in seven games and had one sack with 1.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble on Snow’s defense that allowed only 17.4 points per game for No. 7 in the country
  • The Badger defense was also No. 11 in rushing yards allowed per game with 93.1
  • Coached by Britt Maughan at Snow and Danny Matsumoto at Waianae
  • Also recruited by Oklahoma State, Texas, Penn State, Boise State, Utah, Oregon State, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri and Houston


  • Charlotte , North Carolina
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year

Sophmore Year

Junior Year 2016

  • Played in 12 games and started at Cincinnati
  • Posted 11 total tackles
  • First career fumble recovery at Boise State
  • Notched his first career pass breakup at Cincinnati
Senior Year 2017

  • Played in 13 games, starting 11
  • Totaled 30 tackles, including 13 solo stops
  • Had one TFL for three yards
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year