Tough and physical lineman who has great hands and power at the point of attack ... Goes into 2014 competing with senior Evan Washington for the starting spot at right guard ... Punishing run blocker who has shown steady improvement in pass protection ... Saw action in 12 games last year in his first season at LSU ... Last name is pronounced “Fuh-nye-kuh“.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013)
Played in 12 games as a junior in 2013 ... Saw action on special teams as well as in a backup role on the offensive line ... Played a total of 24 offensive snaps ... Had two knockdown blocks – 1 vs. Kent State and Furman ... Played nine snaps in win over UAB and seven in win over Kent State ... Also saw action on offensive line against Auburn (2 snaps) and Furman (6 snaps) ... Starter on special teams in both point-after and field goal protection.
PRIOR TO LSU
Graduated from the College of San Mateo and enrolled at LSU in January 2013 to take part in spring practice ... A powerful run blocker who started at offensive guard for two seasons at San Mateo ... Earned California Community College Football Coaches Association First-Team All-America honors at offensive guard in 2011 ... Helped guide his team to an 8-3 record and 62-24 victory against Diablo Valley in the Bothman Bulldog Bowl in 2011 ... Paved the way for a rushing offense that averaged more than 300 yards a game on the ground in 2011 ... Rated as a three-star offensive guard by Rivals.com ... Played high school football at Florin High School in Sacramento ... Coached in high school by Mike Morales.
Born Aug. 15, 1992 ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies ... Represents the first football player in LSU history with Tongan heritage ... Skilled musician who can play the ukulele, guitar, piano and trumpet.