UC Davis battles one of the top teams, and offenses in the nation in back-and-forth thriller
6 p.m. kickoff at Aggie Stadium for the first home game of the Dan Hawkins era
Manusamoa Luuga, Inoke Raikadroka and Keelan Doss among 10 UC Davis players honored overall
Aggies and Hornets to square off at Aggie Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday
2016: ALL-BIG SKY SECOND TEAM... BIG SKY CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (10/21)... Ranked No. 17 in rushing yards per game (97.9, No. 19 in rushing TDs (11) and rushing yards (1,077), No. 32 in total touchdowns (12), No. 38 in the nation with an average of 119.36 all-purpose yards, No. 65 in rush yards per carry (5.06), No. 68 in scoring (6.5) ad No. 125 in total offense (97.9 ypg)... Ranked second in conference for rushing… Ran for 1077 yards in 213 attempts and finished rushing an average of 97.9 yards per game… His average 119.4 yards per game places him fourth in conference amongst all offensive players… Totaled 1313 yards with 236 receiving yards on top of his 1077 rushing yards… Recorded 11 touchdown for the Aggies and averaged 5.1 yards per rush… Tied for sixth in the Big Sky with 12 touchdowns scored and 6.5 points per game… His season high 249 rushing yards and 38 rush attempts against Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic (11/19) is second in the conference for individual game highs… One of only four Big Sky players to record a 200-yard rushing performance… Tied for third in conference with four 100-yard rushing performances: Sacramento State (249 yds.), Eastern Washington (10/01, 160 yds.), Southern Oregon (9/10, 145 yds.) and Cal Poly (10/22, 118 yds.).
2015: Started all but one game of the 11 he played... Led UC Davis in rushes (166), yards (613), rushing TDs (6), receptions (51) and total TDs (7)... Was third on the team with 371 receiving yards... Capped his year with a career-best 117 yards on 24 carries against Sacramento State... Rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns the week before against Cal Poly while also hauling in seven passes for 59 yards... Scored twice in win against Northern Arizona, just missing century mark with 96 yards... Opened Aggies' scoring against NAU with 1-yard plunge in first quarter and then capped it with a 1-yarder late in the fourth... Ranked 71st nationally with 4.6 catches per game... Forced a fumble on a kickoff against Cal Poly... Had three tackles during the year.
2014: Missed the first three games due to injury before playing in the final eight... Rushed for 137 yards on 21 carries (6.5 avg.)... Scored 2 TDs: the first on a 2-yd run that gave Aggies a 7-6 lead over Eastern Washington and then second on a season-long 34-yarder that helped tie the Causeway Classic with Sacramento State, 13-13... Both came early in the second quarter... His Causeway TD marked his second straight year with a TD against the Hornets... Also caught 10 passes for 56 yards, including season-best 13-yarder against Northern Colorado.
2013: Played in eight games, earning a start against Nevada in his college debut... Finished second on the team in rushing, carrying the ball 46 times for 227 yards... Averaged 4.9 yards per carry... Rushed up the left sideline 46 yards on his first collegiate rush during Aggies' second drive at Nevada... Had 81 rushing yards against the Wolf Pack... Scored his lone touchdown on 14-yard jaunt through right side against rival Sacramento State early in second quarter... His TD gave UC Davis 21-0 lead.
LONG BEACH POLY HS '13: Played three years of varsity football at Long Beach Poly HS, garnering All-Moore League first-team honors during his junior and senior seasons while also being named the outstanding running back three times... Averaged 6.9 yards a carry during in 2012, picking up 1,326 yards on 191 carries including a long run of 71 yards... Had 744 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior seasons, averaging 6.2 yards per attempt... Posted 115 of those yards in season-opening 24-23 win over Grant HS of Sacramento... Had 6 TD's over a four-game span, and ninescores over a six-game run, later in the season... Long Beach Poly finished 12-4 in 2012 and had 22 wins over his final two seasons... Jackrabbits went to CIF State Bowl game... Earned Farmer's Citizens Award... Member of honor roll.
PERSONAL: Born in Fort Bragg, N.C.... Majoring in community and regional development... Parents are Sioeli and Loto Luuga... Advice to youngsters is to "stay humble and hungry"... If he could change anything about his football experience, it'd be to change the football practice times (UC Davis currently practices in the morning)... Title of his autobiography would be "Mister Different"... Non-sports hero is his father.
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