Navy (5-0) and Memphis (4-1) are a combined 9-1 this season.
By Gary Lambrecht
Six of Navy's 12 opponents qualified for bowl games, while eight finished with a winning record.
He is the 24th player in Navy history to be selected for the game
DeMell, Tuani, Warrick and Bush all honored
2011 Navy Football - Army
2011 Navy Football - East Carolina
2011 Navy Football - Southern Miss
2011 Navy Football - Air Force
AP Photos from today's game
At Navy: Was elected co-captain by his teammates, the highest honor a Navy student-athlete can receive ... one of Navy's best defensive lineman in recent memory ... extremely strong and uses his hands well ... has good speed off the edge ... has a great attitude and is always working to get better ... has put on 23 pounds since his freshman year ... his bench press of 405 pounds is one of the top marks on the team ... his squat of 530 pounds is also among the best ... has 10.5 sacks in his career, which are the fifth most in school history ... his 30-career tackles for a loss are the sixth most in school history ... did not participate in spring drills after having off-season surgery on his right knee, but is expected to be ready for fall camp ... has seen action in all 40 games Navy has played over the last three years ... has started 35 of the last 36 contests ... All-East candidate ... has earned three varsity letters.
2010: Started all 13 games ... finished the year with 72 tackles, including a team-best 15.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks ... his 15.5 tackles for a loss are the ninth most in school history for a single season ... forced three fumbles and recovered one, while also breaking up two passes ... part of a defensive unit that was ranked 46th in scoring defense (23.31 pts/gm) and 27th in turnover margin (+0.54 /gm) ... turned in four tackles against San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl ... recorded three tackles, including a sack for a loss of 10 yards in Navy's 31-17 win over Army ... chipped in four tackles in Navy's win over Arkansas State in the home finale ... turned in five tackles, including two tackles for a loss of six yards ... was also credited with 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup ... recorded four tackles, including one tackle for a loss of seven yards ... also forced a pair of ECU fumbles in the third quarter in which Navy converted into a pair of scores ... part of a defensive unit that forced four East Carolina fumbles, marking the first time the Mids have forced and recovered four fumbles since Oct. 5, 1996, when Duke fumbled five times and the Mids recovered four of the five fumbles ... turned in nine tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a sack in Navy's Homecoming loss to Duke ... was in on five tackles in Navy's victory over Notre Dame ... added 2.5 tackles for a loss of 12 yards, was credited with a half sack and broke up a pass against the Irish ... turned in three tackles and came up with a fumblerecovery, his first of the season, in Navy's come-from-behind win over SMU ... recorded eight tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 14 yards against Wake Forest ... stripped RB Brandon Pendergrass in the opening quarter with teammate Aaron McCauley recovering ... recorded six tackles at Air Force ... turned in six tackles, including a tackle for a loss of five yards and a half sack for a loss of four yards ... helped stymie Louisiana Tech in the second half to lead Navy to the road win ... the Mids held their first two opponents to a total of 47 yards passing (11 by Maryland and 36 by Georgia Southern) ... it's the first time since 1979 that Navy has held the opposition to below 50 yards passing in back-to-back games ... was spectacular on defense against Georgia Southern in the home-opener ... led the team with nine tackles (one shy of his career high), including 2.5 tackles for a loss of four yards and a half sack ... part of a Navy defense that held Georgia Southern to just 109 yards of total offense ... it's the fewest yards allowed by a Navy defense since 1997 when Navy held Army to just 87 yards of total offense (84 rushiing and 3 passing) in a 39-7 victory ... held Georgia Southern to eight first downs, the fewest allowed by Navy since 2008 when the Mids held SMU to eight first downs in a 34-7 win ... turned in six tackles against Maryland in the opener, including a half a sack for a loss of five yards (total of 11 with French getting credit for 6 yards) ... eclipsed the 100-tackle milestone for his career with his six-tackle effort against the Terps.
2009: A starter in 13 of the 14 contests in which he played, he finished the year with 54 tackles (23-31) ... turned in 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks ... broke up a pair of passes and picked off one ... forced two fumbles and recovered one ... member of Navy's defense that held Missouri, the nation's 33rd-ranked scoring offense with its 30.3 points per game, to just 13 points in the 2009 Texas Bowl ... it's third-lowest scoring output of the year and the fewest points since Texas throttled the Tigers 41-7 on Oct. 24 ... after the Tigers scored a TD just 24 seconds into the game, Navy's defense held Missouri without a touchdown for the remainder of the contest ... assisted on two tackles against the Tigers ... along with inside linebacker Ross Pospisil, led Navy with seven tackles in the win over arch rival Army ... topped the 50-tackle mark for the season with his effort against the Black Knights ... also pitched in a tackle for a loss of three yards ... the Mids held Army to just a field goal in the contest after Ricky Dobbs threw an interception in Navy territory in the first quarter ... Navy's defense has not allowed an Army touchdown in 12-straight quarters (dating back to 2006) ... furthermore, the Mids did not give up an offensive touchdown to Army or Air Force in 2009 ... made three tackles against Hawai'i, including a sack for a loss of 15 yards ... turned in eight tackles against Delaware in the home finale and was credited with 1.5 sacks ... his sack against Pat Devlin caused him to fumble the ball and Tuani then scrambled to recover it ... had started 18-straight games dating back to last year's regular-season game against Wake Forest, but saw that streak snapped at Notre Dame ... though he did not play in the first drive, he came in to play the rest of the contest against the Irish ... produced four tackles, including a sack for a loss of 10 yards, his first sack since his collegiate debut in the 2008 opener against Towson ... that sack set up a safety by the Mids after Craig Schaefer sacked Jimmy Clausen in the end zone with one minute to play in the contest ... Navy's 14-0 advantage at the half marked the first time since Nov. 1, 1997, that the Mids have led the Irish at the half ... it's also the first time since Nov. 2, 1974, that Navy has shut out Notre Dame in the opening half ... the Mids' defense held Temple to just 37 yards passing, the fewest yards since Rice completed all five of its pass attempts for 35 yards on Oct. 23, 2004 ... contributed six tackles, including four solos against the Owls ... Navy's defense stifled the Wake Forest offense all day, holding the Deacs scoreless in the first quarter and to three points for more than 53 minutes ... turned in six tackles, including a tackle for a loss of two yards against Wake ... assisted on three tackles in Navy's overtime win against SMU, while also batting down a Mustang pass ... part of a defense that held Rice to just 21 yards on the ground, marking the second time this year the Mids have held an opponent to under 50 yards rushing ... Navy also held Rice to 272 yards of total offense, the third opponent in 2009 that has been held under 300 yards of total offense ... played perhaps his best game of the season against Academy rival Air Force ... was in on a season-high seven tackles and was credited with a forced fumble ... member of the Mids' defense that did not give up an offensive TD by Air Force and held the Falcons well under its rushing average of 319 yards (183 vs. Navy) ... pitched in a tackle in Navy's win over Western Kentucky ... recorded three assisted tackles in the Mids' loss at Pitt ... member of a Navy defensive squad that held Louisiana Tech scoreless for the final 54 minutes of the contest in a 32-14 win by the Mids ... picked off La Tech QB Ross Jenkins at the Bulldog's 46-yard line ... it was his first career interception ... batted down La Tech's pass at the line of scrimmage with under 20 seconds remaining in the opening quarter ... it was his first collegiate pass broken up ... was in on three stops against No. 6 Ohio State in the Mids' opener.
2008: Capped off a phenomenal freshman campaign by being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year by the head football coaches on the Eastern Seaboard ... Tuani was selected over freshmen from Connecticut, West Virginia, Pitt, Rutgers, Penn State, West Virginia, Temple, Syracuse, Boston College, Buffalo and Army ... joins an impressive list of past winners that includes Michael Vick (Virginia Tech), Larry Fitzgerald (Pitt), Chris Henry (Pitt), Steve Slaton (West Virginia) and LeSean McCoy (Pitt) ... named a Second-Team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele's College Football Magazine ... played in all 13 contests but did not garner his first start until the fifth game of the season, led Navy with nine tackles for a loss and was tied for the team high with three forced fumbles ... his 42 tackles were just two behind Nate Frazier for the most tackles among defensive linemen ... turned in three tackles against Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl ... was in on one tackle in leading the Midshipmen to a 34-0 win over the Black Knights, as well as their sixth-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy win ... it's the first time Navy has pitched back-to-back shutouts since 1986 ... it's also the first shutout against Army since 1978 (28-0) ... also credited with a half a tackle for a loss of one yard against the Black Knights ... contributed a tackle in Navy's 16-0 win over Northern Illinois ... it's the first shutout Navy's defense has pitched since Sept. 18, 2004, when the Mids beat Tulsa on the road, 29-0 ... it was the first time the Huskies have been shut out since 1999 against Iowa (24-0) ... recovered his first collegiate fumble in the first half of the Notre Dame game, after teammate Corey Johnson sacked QB Jimmy Clausen ... contributed seven tackles, including five solo stops ... also produced two tackles for a loss of six yards ... turned in a pair of tackles in Navy's comeback win over Temple on Senior Day ... was in on two solo tackles in the win over SMU, including a loss of one yard ... the defense held SMU to -13 yards rushing, the first team to post negative rushing yards against the Mids since Pitt in 1978 ... it also held the Mustangs to eight first downs, marking the first time a Navy opponent was held to 10 or fewer first downs since 1999 when Rutgers mustered 10 ... turned in four tackles, including a tackle for a loss of four yards against No. 23 Pitt ... credited with a pass breakup ... jarred the ball loose from Conredge Collins with eight minutes to go in the game and was recovered by teammate Ross Pospisil ... in his first appearance in a service academy contest, he, along with Jeff Deliz, paced the Mids with a career-high 10 tackles at Air Force, including eight solo stops ... turned in a tackle for a loss and forced a fumble for the second straight game ... became the first Navy freshman to start on the defensive line since Bwerani Nettles in 1998 when he was inserted into the starting lineup in place of an injured Michael Walsh at Wake Forest ... finished the game with a then career-high six tackles, including a pair of tackles for a loss ... jarred the ball loose from Riley Skinner with 4:13 to play in the second quarter ... it's the first forced fumble of his career ... turned in two tackles in the win over Rutgers ... made one stop each at Ball State and Duke ... was spectacular in his first collegiate game, making two tackles, including 1.5 for a loss against Towson in the opener ... credited with 1.5 sacks for 10 yards.
High School / Personal: A 2008 graduate of Brentwood Academy, Tuani was a three-sport standout and earned letters in football (3), wrestling (3) and track (2) ... led the football team to the 2006 D-II title behind a 12-1 record ... an All-State (Tenn.) and all-county football selection in his junior and senior years ... named to the 2008 Dream Team in wrestling ... was the first African-American to be named class president at his school ... high school teammate of fellow Navy football player Mason Graham ... son of Leon McKissack and Elisapeta Tuani ... majoring in general science.