Postgame notes from the Yellow Jackets' road win at Pitt
ACC Football Championship - Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest
* 2006 All-ACC (first team) *
AT TECH: All-Atlantic Coast Conference defensive tackle . . . Three-year starter and Tech's top defensive lineman as a senior . . . Team captain . . . Tough, hard-nosed player with very good quickness . . .
Had 29.5 career tackles for loss, including 12 sacks . . . Started every game but one his last three seasons . . . Helped Tech rank 20th or higher in rushing defense, and among the Top 30 nationally in every defensive category, all three years as a starter . . . Earned playing time as a true freshman and gained valuable experience, then entered the starting lineup as a sophomore . . .
2006: Earned first-team all-ACC honors . . . Helped the Jackets hold eight opponents to one offensive touchdown or less this season, including Georgia, Wake Forest, Maryland, Miami, NC State, North Carolina and Virginia . . . Key performer on a Tech defense that ranked 9th in the nation in pass efficiency defense and 20th in rushing defense . . . Totalled 40 tackles with nine tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the season, along with two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup.
Set up scores with fumble recoveries in consecutive games against Duke and Georgia . . . Recovered a fumble at the Georgia 13-yard line, leading to a field goal . . . Also had six tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss against the Bulldogs . . . One game earlier against Duke his recovery at the 26-yard line set up a touchdown . . . Collected 14 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in the last three games . . . Outstanding game against second-ranked Notre Dame with six tackles and a sack for a 17-yard loss as Tech held the Irish to 14 points . . .
Preseason all-ACC selection by Lindy's (first team) and Athlon (second team) . . . Rated the No. 14 defensive tackle in the nation by Lindy' s . . . Anchors a defensive line that was tabbed No. 1 in the ACC by Athlon.
2005: Key performer on a Tech defense that ranked 13th in the nation against the run and in the Top 25 nationally in total defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense and turnover margin . . . Collected 26 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss, including three sacks . . . Hampered by an ankle injury at midseason . . . Played just two snaps against Clemson and then sat out the following week against Wake Forest . . . Had two tackles for loss against Utah.
Made two key plays in Tech's win at 15th-ranked Auburn . . . In the first half, he sacked AU quarterback Brandon Cox for a nine-yard loss back to the Tech 41-yard line to take the Tigers out of field goal range . . . In the fourth quarter with Tech holding a 20-14 lead but Auburn at the Tech 34, he pressured Cox and hit his arm, leading to an interception by KaMichael Hall . . . Helped Tech hold Auburn to just 50 yards rushing . . . Returning starter at defensive tackle . . .
2004: Third on the team with 11 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks . . . Recorded 34 tackles and two pass breakups . . . Had one of his best games in Tech's win at NC State, when he recorded four tackles for loss, including one sack for six yards . . . Had a career-high six tackles and helped Tech hold the Wolfpack to 57 yards rushing . . . Recorded two tackles for loss with one sack and a pass breakup against North Carolina . . . Had five tackles against Maryland and then five tackles and a sack versus Duke as the Tech defense allowed only 265 total yards in the two games . . . Started the Champs Sports Bowl against Syracuse at defensive end due to injury to Eric Henderson.
2003: Had his most productive game in the Humanitarian Bowl with two fumble recoveries and two tackles for loss, including a sack, against Tulsa . . . Made eight tackles on the season . . . Had a season-best three tackles with one tackle for loss against Maryland . . . Added two tackles against Duke . . . Played in 11 of 13 games . . . Missed the North Carolina game due to injury.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 80 player in Florida by BorderWars . . . Second-team all-state (Class 5-A) by the Florida Sportswriters Association . . . Defensive Player of the Year by the Pensacola News Journal . . . First-team all-Northwest Florida . . . Made 120 tackles as a senior, with 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions . . . Added 96 tackles and six sacks as a junior . . . Coached by Ronnie Gilliland at Escambia High . . . Played his first three years at Pensacola Catholic.
PERSONAL: Full name is Leati Joseph Anoai (last name pronounced an-uh-WHY-ee) . . . Parents are Leati and Patricia Anoai . . . Comes from a family of professional wrestlers in the WWE, including his brother ("Rosey") and cousin ("Rikishi") . . . Father ("Sika") and uncle ("Afa") wrestled as the "Wild Samoans" tag team . . . Cousin, Afa Anoai, plays football at Connecticut . . . Born May 25, 1985 . . . Majoring in Management.
GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2006 P-A-T TFL Sks FC FR Int PB ND* 4-2-6 1-17 1-17 0 0 0 0 Samford* 1-0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Troy* 2-1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Virginia* 0-0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Va Tech* 0-2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Maryland* 1-2-3 1-4 1-4 0 0 0 0 Clemson* 1-2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Miami* 2-0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 NC State* 2-2-4 1-5 1-5 0 0 0 1 UNC* 1-1-2 0.5-3 0.5-3 0 0 0 0 Duke* 0-0-0 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 Georgia* 4-2-6 2.5-7 0 0 1-0 0 0 Wake* 4-1-5 2-8 1-7 0 0 0 0 West Va.* 1-2-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 0