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Junior Tagoa'i
Position: Nose Tackle
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 290
Year: Freshman
City/State: Hauula, Hawaii
High School: St. Louis School

  •  2000 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
  •  2000 Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 1999 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll

Junior Tagoa’i (pronounced TAH-go-eye) was a key member of the Husker offensive line this fall. Tagoa’i backed up both of Nebraska’s starting offensive guards and played in all 13 games. Tagoa’i finished tied for fifth on the team in pancakes and will continue to back up left guard Mike Erickson and right guard Wes Cody in Nebraska’s bowl game.

2002: Tagoa’i finished the season with 91 pancakes and helped Nebraska’s offense lead the Big 12 in rushing at 268.9 yards per game. Tagoa’i had five double-figure pancake efforts, highlighted by 18 knock-downs at Texas A&M. In that game, the NU offensive line set a school record with 110 pancakes as the Huskers rushed for 381 yards. Tagoa’i also reached double figures in pancakes against Arizona State, Utah State, Kansas and Colorado.

2001: Tagoa'i played in just three games after moving from defense to offense in spring practice. He had six pancakes on the season, two against Rice and a career-best four at Baylor. He also played at Missouri.

2000: Tagoa'i played in five regular-season games (San Jose State, Iowa, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas) at nose tackle, but had his knee scoped at the end of the season and missed the last two regular-season games and the bowl game. Tagoa'i had three tackles (one solo), including a four-yard sack vs. Iowa.

1999: A scholarship athlete, Tagoa'i redshirted his first season.

At St. Louis School: Tagoa'i followed in the footsteps of teammate Tony Tata (senior linebacker), continuing the three-year Husker-Hawaii/St. Louis School connection (also Dominic Raiola in 1997). As a junior, Tagoa'i helped keep St. Louis' streak of 13 straight state championships in order. Playing for Head Coach Cal Lee at St. Louis in Honolulu, Tagoa'i earned all-state honors. Tagoa'i picked Nebraska over Washington, California and Colorado.

Personal: Junior's real name, Tamotu, is pronounced Tom-MOE-Too. Tagoa'i lived in Seattle until 1997, then moved to Hawaii to stay with his uncle and play for St. Louis. The son of Tamotu and Adria Tagoa'i, Junior was born Nov. 19, 1979 and majors in criminal justice.

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