34 Ram Vela
>> At Navy: Enters the fall battling Clint Sovie for the starting job at outside linebacker ... had a solid spring camp ... came to Navy as a slot back, but was switched to corner in the spring of 2007 and to outside linebacker in the fall of `07 ... has good speed ... a tenacious competitor ... is featured in a Naval Academy commercial called "Fulfill Your Destiny" ... has earned two varsity letters.
>> 2008: A starter in eight of the 13 games in which he played ... produced 33 tackles, including 23 solo stops ... posted three tackles for a loss of 15 yards ... recorded three sacks ... picked off the quarterback twice for a combined 70 yards on the return ... forced a fumble and recovered a fumble during the season ... enjoyed a memorable Army-Navy game ... turned in six tackles, including five solo stops, 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) ... picked off Army QB Chip Bowden with 31 seconds remaining in the game and ran it back 68 yards for a touchdown ... it's the first time a Navy player has returned an interception for a touchdown since Keenan Little returned a 40-yard interception for a TD against Army on Dec. 2, 2006 ... turned in a tackle for a loss of four yards, as well as a sack ... was in on one stop 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) ... Posted four tackles in the Mids' loss to Notre Dame ... recorded three solo tackles in Navy's victory over Temple in the final home game of the year ... sacked the Owls' Adam DiMichele, marking his second career sack and the second sack in the last three games ... recorded a tackle for a loss of 10 yards ... member of the Navy defense that 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 ... recorded four tackles, including his first collegiate sack, in Navy's Homecoming loss to No. 23 Pitt ... also forced a Panther fumble, but was recovered by Pitt ... turned in four solo tackles, including a tackle for a loss of a yard in Navy's win over Air Force ... recovered a Riley Skinner (Wake Forest) fumble late in the second quarter, the first of his career ... was in on one tackle in the win over Rutgers ... forced a quarterback hurry and made four tackles against Duke ... intercepted a Ball State pass late in the first half with the Cardinals driving ... added four tackles ... recorded a pair of tackles in the Mids' opener against Towson.
>> 2007: Played in all 13 games ... started in the last-nine contests ... accounted for 57 stops on the year ... delivered 3.5 stops in the backfield for a loss of six yards ... also picked off a pass ... made two tackles on special teams during his collegiate debut at Temple ... provided a tackle on kickoff coverage at Rutgers ... registered six tackles against Duke ... came up with six stops, including one in the backfield, in a victory over Air Force ... totaled a career-best nine stops, one for a loss of one yard, at Pittsburgh ... provided five tackles against Wake Forest ... delivered five tackles against Delaware ... produced nine tackles at Notre Dame ... made a highlight-reel effort against the Irish, jumping over Notre Dame running back Armando Allen and hitting quarterback Evan Sharpley on fourth down with the score tied at 28 with less than a minute remaining in regulation ... recorded his first-career interception at North Texas ... finished that contest with three tackles ... came up with two tackles, one of which was in the backfield, against Northern Illinois ... produced two solo stops against Army ... tallied seven tackles, six of which were solo, against Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl ... also made one stop in the backfield for a loss of three yards.
>> 2006: Did not see any varsity action.
>> High School / Personal: A 2005 graduate of William H. Taft High School, Vela attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2005-06 academic year ... a two-sport athlete who earned three letters in football and four in track ... named Honorable Mention All-State (Texas) in football as a senior ... high school teammate of Navy football players Jordan Eddington and Gary Myers ... nicknamed "The Fugitive" after being detained at the White House by Secret Service during Navy's trip to the Rose Garden in the spring of 2007 ... he was mistaken for one of "America's Most Wanted" who was roughly the same age, height, weight and carried the same name as him ... uncle, David, played football at Texas State ... full name is Ramiro Ray Vela II ... born Nov. 30, 1986, in San Antonio, Texas ... son of Ray and Bianca Vela ... majoring in Economics.