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#45 Matt Toeaina
Position: Defensive End
Other Position: DT/DE
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 301
Year: Senior
City/State: Pago Pago, Amer. Samoa
High School: Samoana HS
Graduating Year: 2007
Experience: 3 Letters
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PERSONAL — Born Mataifale Aigafaimeaso’o Toeaina on Oct. 9, 1982 in San Francisco. Parents: Rev. Albert and Ramona Toeaina. Family: One brother, two sisters. High School (Coach): Samoana (Moamoa Vaeao) 2002. Major: Political Science. Redshirt: 2002.

HIGH SCHOOL — The two-year starter not only garnered American Samoa High School Athletic Association MVP honors as an outside linebacker his final year but was bestowed with the league’s scholar-athlete award as well. School compiled a 9-3 ledger while dropping the season finale in the league championships. Finished his career with 105 total tackles (65 solo), 14 sacks, four fumble recoveries, 11 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

OREGON — A valuable commodity who can play either inside or outside along the defensive line, spent the majority of his time at tackle in 2005 where he earned 10 of his 12 starts. Overshadowed by two of his higher profile teammates a year ago but is now prepared to step into the limelight. Unquestionably the leader of the defensive line and one of team’s spokesmen. Spent the majority of spring practice at defensive end but the position he plays will be dictated as much by the play of those around him. Is very consistent how he practices and prepares for a game and understands the intensity needed to be successful at this level. Assumes ownership and pride with not only how well he plays but the level of performance of the entire defensive line. Is driven to have a senior year to remember and capable of playing at an all-conference level. Possesses the ability to quickly shed blocks by utilizing his hands to gain leverage over his opponents, and seldom gets knocked off his feet. Has paid his dues in the weight room over the years, with his 368-lb. power clean pinnacle bettered only by a pair of NFL linemen among Oregon’s all-time defenders in the trenches, and his 455-lb. bench press from 2005 ranking fourth among the school’s all-time players at his position. Also complements his strength as program’s second-fastest current lineman (5.06 electronic 40). Originally recruited to Oregon as a fullback, displaying tremendous athletic ability.

2005 — The 12 game starter spent the majority of his time at tackle after starting on the perimeter vs. Fresno State and USC due to injuries. Oregon’s third-leading tackler among its down linemen (11th overall) posted stops in each of his appearances, including a collegiate-best seven tackles in the opener at Houston. Also recorded 1.5 tackles for loss in outings against the Cougars and Arizona. Added a quartet of quarterback hurries to his four passes broken up. Exceeded 90 snaps on four occasions, including a trio of consecutive appearances vs. Arizona (96), California (97) and Washington State (91).

2004 — Credited with six unassisted tackles among his 10 stops while recovering three fumbles and posting 1.5 quarterback sacks. Tallied a collegiate-high three tackles in the season-opener vs. Indiana and contributed two at Oregon State. Returned a recovered fumble eight yards in his first of two starting assignments of the year at Oklahoma and added recoveries against Washington and UCLA. Took part in a career-high 54 snaps against the Hoosiers and 51 the following week in Norman, Okla.

2003 — Despite the defensive line’s depth, made the most of each opportunity and played in all 13 games as a freshman. Had at least one tackle in all but five contests, highlighted by a season-high two solo tackles vs. Washington State.

2002 — Was team’s defensive scout team player of the week for preparations leading up to victories over UCLA and Stanford during his redshirt season.
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