Alani Fua
Linebacker 5
234 lbs.
San Fernando Valley, 
Last School
Oaks Christian
Roster Years

Career Summary

Alani Fua came to BYU as an All-American from Oaks Christian in California. He played in a total of 44 games, started in 18 and lettered all four years as a Cougar. He totaled 124 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions during his career. As a senior, Fua was second on the team in sacks and notched a career-high eight solo tackles against Virginia. He helped BYU to a No. 20 national ranking for rushing defense in 2014. Fua received several award nominations and was named to a variety of All-Independent teams. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details. 


  • Signed free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals in May 2015 and made the 53-man roster


  • Born in San Fernando, California
  • Parents are George and Helen
  • Married to wife Malaysia and has two sons
  • Older brother, Sione, played defensive tackle at Stanford before being selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers
  • Also recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington
  • Majoring in construction management

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Oaks Christian
  • Rated the No. 25 weakside defensive end in the nation by
  • Offensive-Defensive Bowl All-American
  • First Team Ventura County
  • Recorded 71 tackles as a senior, along with nine sacks, one interception, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles as Oaks Christian earned a 13-1 record
  • Also caught 25 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns in 2009
  • Had 67 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a junior
  • Also lettered in volleyball
  • Coached by Bill Redell
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2011

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Played in eight games
  • Had first career tackles vs. Idaho when he registered two tackles, including a sack, with a pass breakup
  • Had three tackles and a sack vs. Idaho
  • Finished with six tackles and two sacks on the season
Sophmore Year 2012

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Played in all 13 games
  • Recorded 13 tackles and one interception
  • Had three tackles vs. Hawai'i
  • Two tackles vs. No. 10 Oregon State
  • Posted two solo tackles at Georgia Tech
  • Returned an interception 12 yards vs. San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl
Junior Year 2013

  • Notched eight tackles and one pass breakup in season opener against Virginia
  • Matched his first-game total with eight tackles (six solo) and had two tackles for loss and two sacks against Texas
  • FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (9/9 and 10/21)
  • College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week (9/9)
  • Intercepted a late Georgia Tech pass and returned it for a touchdown. Also intercepted Houston with less than a minute to play to end Houston's chances at a comeback.
  • Tallied a career-high 12 tackles and added .5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup against Boise State
  • Had six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack against Wisconsin
  • Tied for first on the team with two interceptions
  • Recorded 63 tackles, including five tackles for loss and three sacks
  • Played in all 13 games while starting nine
  • Named to the College Sports Madness All-Independent Third Team
Senior Year 2014

  • Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team
  • Named to the CFPA Linebacker Trophy watch list
  • Named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch List
  • Named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list
  • Named to the Butkus Award watch list
  • Named one of's best NFL prospects from smaller conferences
  • Recorded 7 tackles and two sacks in win over Houston
  • Notched career-high 8 solo tackles in win against Virginia
  • Phil Steele Midseason All-Independent Team
  • Placed second on the team with four sacks
  • Earned letterman honors as a senior
  • Played in 10 games, starting nine of them
  • Returned an interception 37 yards in the Miami Beach Bowl against Memphis
  • Named to the College Sports Madness All-Independent Third Team
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 2010

  • Member of the scout team
Medical Redshirt Year 2010

  • Member of the scout team