Parents are Soakimi and Pesiola...older brother Tom was a running back at BYU...recruited by all the PAC-10 schools, Nebraska and San Diego State...majoring in sociology.
Lettered four years in football and basketball plus two in track at San Mateo High...Peninsula Player of the Year...all-league, all-county, All-Bay Area, all-state...coached by Buzz Williams (Pacific).
Stayed with varsity all year until breaking an ankle in study hall late in the season...carried 24 times for 77 yards and caught four passes for 27 yards...scored a touchdown against Utah State.
Played briefly in the spring game, rushing three times and catching a pass...seeking to regain pre-injury form...was second unit on the varsity...caught a TD pass against utah State and ran for a 29-yard TD against Utah.
Ran for a 23-yard touchdown and caught a TD pass against Washington State...caught a four-yard pass for a TD and ran for a four-yard TD against Colorado State...rushed for 75 yards and scored three touchdowns at Wyoming...was named coaches' player of the game against UTEP, Washington State, Air Force and Utah.