HAWAII GROWN: Utah’s Bradlee Anae earns Pac-12 weekly honor

Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae (6) made life miserable for Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels (5), recording three sacks in Saturday's 21-3 win over the Sun Devils. Photo courtesy Associated Press.

Utah senior defensive end Bradlee Anae, a 2016 Kahuku alumnus, was named both the Pac-12 defensive lineman and defensive player of the week on Monday.

Anae, who is 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds and was named to the All-Pac-12 first team as a junior, won his first defensive player of the week award after carving up Arizona State’s offensive line with three sacks and a pass breakup in a 21-3 victory on Saturday night.

Anae currently ranks second in the Pac-12 and 14th in FBS with seven sacks this season. He has 24 for his career which is third among active players in FBS and seventh on Utah’s all-time sacks list.


He also moved into sixth on the Utes’ all-time tackles for loss list with 35.5.


Anae helped Utah hold the Sun Devils, ranked No. 17 in the nation coming in, to 136 total yards of offensive, including just 25 passing yards.

He had to hold off USC sophomore linebacker Kana’i Mauga to earn the honor. Mauga, a 2018 Waianae alumnus who was the 2017 Star-Advertiser defensive player of the year award, made his first start as a Trojan and had a career-high 13 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception in a 41-14 win over Arizona on Saturday.

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