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      Jesse Mahelona
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

High School:
Kealakehe HS

Last College:
Orange Coast College

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 297

Position:
Defensive Tackle

Experience:
1L

Major:
Sociology/Criminal Justice

MAHELONA'S PERSONAL FILE

Full Name: Jesse Kahuanani Mahelona

Born: April 7, 1983

Coach at Kealakehe High School: Joe Nahale

Coach at Orange Coast College: Mike Taylor

TENNESSEE TRIVIA - Named 2005 Playboy Preseason All-America ... His brother, Steven, recently completed his playing career at Tusculum ... In addition to football, member of high school soccer, basketball and paddling (outrigger canoe) squads.

HONORS -

    • 2004 All-America The Sporting News
    • 2004 All-SEC Associated Press and Coaches (2nd)
    • SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Nov. 6, 2004)

CAREER GAMES/STARTS - 13/11

2004 - Games/Starts: 13/11 ... All-America selection by The Sporting News led SEC with 18.5 tackles for loss, resulting in minus-81 yards for Vol opponents ... All-SEC honors from Associated Press and second-team selection by coaches ... Earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week after 5-TFL game vs. Notre Dame ... Only position player from losing team to be chosen SEC player of the week in 2004 ... Multiple TFLs in six games -- Florida (2), Auburn (2), Georgia (3), South Carolina (2), Notre Dame (5) and SEC title game (2) ... Among SEC sack leaders with five ... Four stops against Florida included two TFLs (including sack for 9-yard loss) ... Season-high nine tackles (two for loss) and QB hurry vs. Auburn ... Three tackles at Georgia all made behind line of scrimmage, including two sacks for combined loss of 21 yards ... One tackle for loss early in Mississippi game, but forced to leave game soon thereafter with knee injury ... Returned and made two tackles against Crimson Tide, including sack for loss of 15 yards ... Five stops and two TFLs in SEC title game.

JUNIOR COLLEGE - Graduated from Orange Coast (Calif.) College and enrolled at UT in January 2004 ... Rated by Rivals.com and TheInsiders.com as No. 1 junior college defensive tackle prospect in country ... Played only two full games in 2003 after suffering broken ankle ... Logged 16 tackles including 61/2 for lost yardage and 31/2 sacks in those games ... Tallied 73 tackles during freshman year, including seven for loss and seven sacks.

HIGH SCHOOL - First team All-State as senior, playing defensive end and fullback ... Led squad with 11 sacks and averaged 10 tackles per game ... Honor roll senior year ... All-State as junior, playing defensive end and defensive tackle.

JESSE MAHELONA'S STATISTICS
DEFENSESACKS/TFL/INT/HIGH
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