|City/State:||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|High School:||Highland HS|
PERSONAL — Born Etuini Haloti Ngata on Jan. 21, 1984 in Inglewood, Calif. Parent: Olga Ngata. Family: Three brothers, one sister. High School (Coach): Highland (Larry Wilson) 2002. Major: Sociology. Redshirt: 2003.
HIGH SCHOOL — Ranked as the top defensive prep product in the nation by SuperPrep magazine and PrepStar, as well as the No. 1 interior lineman in the country by Student Sports, combining amazing quickness and aggression to record over 100 tackles and 30 quarterback sacks his senior year. The Parade magazine and USA Today first-team All-American drew rave reviews at 2001 Nike Camp (Texas) as the state of Utah's Gatorade player of the year. Proved to be a dominating force as a three-year starter for the Rams, helping lead school to a 12-2 mark and a berth for the state championship as a junior before advancing to the state quarterfinals his final season. Highland High School's defensive lineman of the year and 2001 team captain also earned all-state recognition as an offensive guard.
OREGON — Oregon’s most dominant interior lineman in recent memory, coaches excited to have him back full strength at the beginning of the year. Makes other players around him better as he ties up more than one blocker on every down which frees up someone else to make a play. As one of the most experienced defenders, has assumed a leadership role that pays dividends in the lockerroom as well as the field. Has learned not to always rely on sheer strength, which makes it that more effective when he does. Also acquired a knack for blocking kicks, altering the course of five kicks in two seasons. The Ducks’ strongest player, ranks second all time (behind Igor Olshansky) with a 495-lb. bench press. Also unchallenged on the squad with a 385-lb. clean press and 550-lb. squat.
2004 — Although didn’t regain full strength from ‘03 knee injury until midway through the season, finished the year with a flurry to earn second-team all-conference acclaim. Sharing honors as team’s fifth-leading tackler and tops among down linemen, accumulated 28 of his stops in his final six appearances. Posted career-best eight tackles vs. Arizona, including a trio of tackles for loss, while forcing fumbles against Washington and Oregon State. Playing in all 11 games, he made his way into the opening lineup nine times, including the final eight games.
2003 — Suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening quarter season opener at Mississippi State.
2002 — Few freshman have come in with such high expectations for immediate success and contributions. This heralded recruit didn’t
disappoint in his first season and went on to play in 12 games after missing the season opener, and broke into the starting lineup vs.
Arizona (fifth game). Aside from finishing the season second on the team in tackles among the down defensive lineman, he showed
impressive quickness and agility blocking kicks vs. UCLA, USC and Washington. Had his first sack of the season at Arizona and finished with 3.5 sacks. Finished the year with a season-high seven tackles against the Beavers, which he had earlier matched vs. Idaho. The first-team freshman All-American also was accorded all-league honorable mention in addition to being recipient of the Len Casanova Award as team’s top newcomer.