The future of Utah’s secondary, meet strong safety Sione Vaki

The future of Utah’s secondary, meet strong safety Sione Vaki

As Utah’s freshmen continue to impress and prove themselves as one of the most talented classes to ever join the program, there are several members from the class of 2022 who are demonstrating a lot of promise behind the scenes. While Jaylonglover , Lander Barrton have some experience on the field, Sione Vaki is busy on the practice field preparing for future opportunities.

Sione Vaki, a three-star recruit from Antioch (CA), was a skilled and physically fit athlete. During his senior year, Vaki recorded 73 total tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. For his efforts, Vaki was the Bay Valley Athletic League MVP as a senior in 2018.

Following a two-year church mission, Vaki is now with the program and learning a lot as he runs with the twos behind Cole Bishop and RJ Hubert. According to program sources, Vaki is an amazing young man who has a lot of potential.

“Things are going well. I’ve been learning and learning a lot. I’m running with twos right now, so I’m learning from great examples like Cole Bishop and RJ Humbert. Vaki stated that there is a lot to be learned from being a starter here.

Sione Vaki, Utah Utes Fall Camp.

Sione Vaki, Utah Utes Fall Camp.

Through the first two games, Vaki was able to see action on special teams against Florida and had a few reps in the secondary against SUU. The young safety has taken everything he can from those experiences.

” Just being on the SEC stage means they are real competition and that’s what we’re here for. He stated that we are here to compete, playing fast, physical and smart football.

“[SUU] was the first time I had ever been on the field in college. It was great to be able to play defense. I was happy to be out there…not too much pressure, but it was a great experience to hit some people. “

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Having only participated in two games, Vaki hasn’t had the opportunity yet to really demonstrate his skills. It’s clear why Utah brought Vaki in, however, when you see his high school tape.

Defensively, Vaki is a ballhawk and constantly puts himself in situations to make plays. Vaki is an intelligent defender who can read the eyes of the quarterback and stick to receivers. He also excels at running plays and stepping up for run plays. Vaki, as you would expect from a strong safety is a punishing tackler that can consistently stop ball carriers and even cause turnovers.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, Vaki hopes that he can contribute in any way he can. Vaki is still learning how to be a great defender, and is determined to be the best to defend Utah’s secondary.

” I just want to be twenty-two percent better every single day,” Vaki stated. “I want to be one the greatest Utes that ever came out of here. I love this place and will do my best to make it great. “

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