Elu Aydon is now a Junior and is going to be a key member of Coach Tim Tibesar's defensive line. I had a chance to spend a couple of minutes with Elu talking about ther coaching change and the upbeat attitude in Corvallis this spring.
Enters the 2018 season with 37 tackles in 22 career games, including six starts. Has added 2.5 tackles for loss and one sackOREGON STATE2017 (SOPHOMORE)• Played in 10 games, making two starts• Totaled 16 tackles, including eight solo, with half a tackle for loss• Recorded a season-best four tackles in the win over Portland State2016 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN)• Played in all 12 games making four starts at nose tackle• Finished the season with 21 tackles from the middle of the interior line• Set his season-high with four tackles against Boise State and matched it at Colorado and at Washington• Recorded the first sack of his career in the Civil War win over Oregon• Blocked a first quarter PAT at Colorado• Pac-12 All-Freshman Team by Athlon2015 (FRESHMAN)• Signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Oregon State in February• Did not play in a game, using his redshirt season• Played at defensive tackle for the scout team• Coaching staff considered adding him to the active roster 2015• Won the “Other Side” talent show as a singer in the spring LEONE HIGH SCHOOL• Three-star athlete by 247Sports and Scout• 247Sports ranked him No. 66 nationally on its defensive tackles list• Three-year letterman, two-year varsity captain• Attended the All-Poly Camp in Utah during the summer of 2014• Invited to play in the Polynesian All-America Bowl• Played in the Samoa Bowl• Named Male Athlete of the Year at LeonePERSONAL• Born Emmanuel Aydon November 11, 1996 in Honolulu, Hawai’i• Son of James and Faau Aydon• Has one sister, Mary• Enjoys singing and playing basketball• Received the leadership award in high school• Lists J.J. Watt as his favorite athlete• Is part of the Poly Notes, an acapella group, with Miki Fifita, Fred Lauina and Gus Lavaka• Assisted as a volunteer with kids’ wrestling and football camps in Pendleton• Wants to be the governor of Samoa someday and is pursuing an internship in Samoa• Majoring in sociology