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Vic So'oto
Vic  So'oto

Defensive Line

Alma Mater:
BYU (2010)

In June of 2017, Vic So'oto was elevated to the position of assistant coach for the Cavaliers' defensive line after originally joining the Virginia football program in 2016 as a graduate assistant coach.

So'oto was a four-time letterwinner at BYU where he began his career as a tight end and played his final three seasons at linebacker and defensive end where he earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior in 2010. He was the first player to commit to the Cougars' program when Bronco Mendenhall was named head coach.

During his career he suffered two season-ending injuries and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He had 12 receptions for 124 yards on offense for the Cougars and tallied 55 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and one interception on defense. He earned his undergraduate degree in geography in 2010.

So'oto made the Green Bay Packers roster in 2011 as a free agent and appeared in seven games. So'oto's NFL career spanned four seasons and he went on the play for the Oakland Raiders (2012), Washington Redskins (2012), Arizona Cardinals (2013), New Orleans Saints (2013) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2014).

So'oto started his post-playing career under Mendenhall at BYU as an intern in the football office in 2015 working with special projects and came to Charlottesville as a graduate assistant in 2016.

So'oto is a second cousin of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau. A native of Oceanside, Calif., he and his wife Ashley, who was Mendenhall's personal assistant in the football office at BYU, have four children -- Fia, Ave, Tre and Samson..


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