In his first season (2017) overseeing the defensive line, Andrew Brown notched 46 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and earned an invite to the Senior Bowl. At nose tackle Eli Hanback recorded 58 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. Thanks to its pass rush, So'oto coached a defensive front that helped UVA notch the seventh-best pass defense in the nation in 2017.
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.
|High School||Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif., 2005|
|Family||wife, Ashley; four children|
|Green Bay Packers (2011-12)|
|Oakland Raiders (2012)|
|Washington Redskins (2012)|
|Arizona Cardinals (2013)|
|New Orleans Saints (2013)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers (2014)|
|2015 - BYU
|2016 - Virginia
Defensive Graduate Assistant
|2017-pres. - Virginia
|Las Vegas Bowl (2007) - player|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2008) - player|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2009) - player|
|New Mexico Bowl (2010) - player|
|Military Bowl (2017)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached
|Andrew Brown (Virginia)|
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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