SDSU Names Bojay Filimoeatu Defensive Line Coach

SDSU Names Bojay Filimoeatu Defensive Line Coach

Soccer 30/1/2023 16:08:00

Bojay Filimoeatu to coach d-line Story Links SAN DIEGO – San Diego State football head coach Brady Hoke named Bojay Filimoeatu an assistant coach Monday. Filimoeatu (BO-jay FEE-lee-moe-EE-ah-tu) will coach the defensive line.

Filimoeatu, a former Broyles Award nominee for the best assistant coach in college football, comes to The Mesa with seven years of collegiate experience, including five in the Mountain West.

“We are excited about Bojay coming on board to coach the defensive line,” Hoke said. “He has a lot of experience in the Mountain West with tackles at UNLV, Utah State and San José State. He did a great job at UNLV with the defensive line last year and they improved up front throughout the season. He’s a great addition. to our staff as we look to build on past success.”

In his one season at UNLV in 2022, Filimoeatu Adam Plant Jr. and Eliel Ehimare led to all MW honors. Plant Jr. earned second-team honors after recording 62 tackles, and team highs of 13.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. Plant Jr. ‘s best game probably came on Nov. 5 against the Aztecs at Snapdragon Stadium when he had seven tackles (all solo), three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Ehimare, meanwhile, had two sacks and two tackles for loss in 2022 en route to earning honorable mention status.

Filimoeatu also has visits at Weber State (2021), Utah State (2019-20), San José State (2017-18) and Oregon State (2016).

Filimoeatu helped WSU to a 5-1 record and 5-0 Big Sky mark in the spring 2021 campaign for its first outright league title in program history. The Wildcats were ranked as high as second in the nation during the season.

Prior to Weber State, Filimoeatu spent two seasons at his alma mater Utah State, where he coached four Aggie defensive linemen with all-MW honors in 2019 and the outside linebackers in 2020.

Prior to joining USU, Filimoeatu coached the SJSU linebackers for two years (2017-18) as Ethan Aguayo was a MW honorable mention selection in 2018 with 106 tackles. In 2017, Frank Ginda became just the second Spartan linebacker to earn first-team all-MW honors when he set a single-season conference record with 173 tackles, currently 10th most in a season in FBS history. Filimoeatu was a 2017 Broyles Award nominee.

Filimoeatu began his coaching career at Oregon State in 2016 as a quality control defensive backs coach.

As a player, Filimoeatu was a two-year starting linebacker at Utah State in 2011 and 2012, where he helped lead the Aggies to a pair of bowl games and the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title.

Filimoeatu graduated from Utah State in 2012 with an interdisciplinary studies degree with an emphasis in sociology and physical education. Prior to Utah State, he played two seasons at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California.

Filimoeatu spent the 2014 season in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, where he had eight tackles in eight games.

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