2016: Tu’ikolovatu, who transferred to USC in the fall of 2016 after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Utah (allowing him to be eligible to play in 2016), will compete for key playing time at defensive tackle as a senior in 2016. He was awarded a scholarship at USC by virtue of an NCAA rule known as “blueshirting” (it allows a non-recruited student-athlete to receive athletic financial aid after beginning practice and have that student-athlete count towards the next year’s signing class if the school has reached its NCAA-maximum aid limit for the current year).
UTAH: As a junior defensive lineman at Utah in 2015 while appearing in all 13 games (starting twice), he had 28 tackles, with 6 for losses of 19 yards (including 2 sacks for minus 14 yards), plus a Pac-12-leading 4 fumble recoveries (tied for second nationally), including a 37-yard TD return, and 2 deflections (he had 4 tackles with a sack against USC).
As a 2014 sophomore, he had 8 tackles (1 for a loss of 1 yard) while appearing in 12 games.
He missed the 2013 season with a foot injury as a redshirt freshman.
He went on a Mormon mission to the Philippines during the 2010-12 seasons after redshirting in 2009 at Utah as a first-year freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2-way lineman as a 2008 senior at East High in Salt Lake City (Utah).
He also was on East’s track team.
PERSONAL: He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Utah in 2016 (making him eligible to play at USC in 2016). His uncle is former Utah (2001-04) defensive lineman Sione Pouha, who played with the New York Jets (2005-12) and was a student assistant coach at Utah in 2015. He is married and his wife is from Southern California. His last name is pronounced TOO-ee-koe-loe-VAH-too.