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Huskers land defensive line transfer Vaha Vainuku

Vaha Vainuku transfer
Photo courtesy of Vaha Vainuku's twitter @Vee_Stringz1

Nebraska landed a big transfer from Utah in Vaha Vainuku

The Huskers have been actively searching the junior college ranks for depth and talent at several positions since they arrived last winter and landed a transfer today from former Utah offensive tackle Vaha Vainuku.

The 6’3 295lb Vainuku was part of the Ute’s 2012 recruiting class but chose to go on an LDS church mission following his senior year of high school. Officially, he enrolled at Utah in the spring of 2015 and redshirted his first season after an injury forced him to miss the season. In 2016 he played sparingly appearing in two games against UCLA and Washington.  Per the Salt Lake Tribune, Vaha retired from football after the 2016 season and went on a medical scholarship so he could continue his studies in 2017 and graduate in the spring of 2018.

With his decision to transfer to Nebraska and having sat out the entire 2017 season on a medical scholarship, Vaha Vainuku should be able to play this fall and have two years of eligibility remaining. While we haven’t confirmed what position he will be playing at Nebraska, Vainuku was a two-time All-State offensive tackle at East High in Salt Lake City, UT and could be factored in along either the offensive or defensive lines.

*After trading messages with Vaha Husker Hype was able to confirm he will be playing along the defensive line for the Huskers. 

A few interesting tidbits, Vaha Vainuku is the cousin of Sione Pouha who played defensive tackle for the Utes and went on to play in the NFL with the New York Jets for seven seasons from 2005-2012. His 460-pound bench press was the best on Utah’s team at one point and is an impressive feat on its own. His full name is Ofalotu Hevaha Vainuku (pronounced vy-ee-new-koo).


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