His name is pronounced "EE-thin MAH-noo-MAY-lay-oo-nah." The Alaska native is married and has a son. His uncle, Robert Anae, is BYU's offensive coordinator. His cousin, Brandon Manumaleuna, was a fullback with the Rams, Chargers and Bears from 2001-2010. As a Utah prep, he was a two-way starter and helped lead his team to a state championship. Enrolled at BYU in 2007 and started all 13 games at nose tackle as a true freshman, recording 25 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack with one pass batted. In the Las Vegas Bowl against UCLA, he blocked a potential game-winning field goal attempt as time expired. Served a two-year mission to Oklahoma City before returning to the football field in '10, appearing in 13 games (eight starts) and registering 27-3-2.5 with one pass batted and one interception. Started four games at left defensive end and four at nose guard. Made all 13 starts at right DE in '11 and had 33-0-0. In what was supposed to be his final season in '12, he started the first four games at left DE before suffering a season-ending injury -- tearing the patella tendon in his left knee. Had opened the year 11-4-2 with a pass batted and one forced fumble, starting in front of Lions 2013 first-round pick Ziggy Ansah. Was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA. Returned in '13 and made 13 starts at nose tackle, tallying 25-3-1 with one pass batted. Concluded his career having appeared in a school-record 56 games.
Good strength, balance and body control. Lines up in a flexible stance and engages quickly. Generally holds his ground. Has two-gap ability. Shoots his hands to stack, locate and shed. Can press his man and walk him back to cave the pocket. Moves very well for a big man, especially laterally -- can pick 'em up and put 'em down in chase mode. Senses screen. Strong wrap tackler. Has NFL bloodlines.
Lacks ideal length and bulk -- can be locked up by larger blockers. Is not a quick-twitch, power player. Marginal sack production -- one-dimensional rusher who could stand to develop counter moves. What you see is what you get -- will be a 25-year-old rookie.
Thick, stout, overaged defensive lineman with functional strength, awareness and competitiveness to provide depth and effective run defense. Is scheme-versatile, having played tackle and end in a hybrid front, and could be used as a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 five-technique. Good soldier.