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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Past Player Profile: Vai Sikahema

Position:Running Back, Punt/Kickoff Return Specialist
Years Played: 1980-81, 84-85



Personal: Married with four children.

Professional: NBC 10 (Philadelphia) Sports Director

Best football moment at BYU: Best moment as a team was winning the 1984 National Championship. Best moments individually were the 1985 Air Force and Hawaii games. Versus Air Force, Sikahema returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, and caught the game winning 69-yard touchdown. At Hawaii, he led all receivers with 12 receptions for 198 yards and 1 touchdown, and led BYU in rushing with 86 yards on 11 carries and scored one more TD.

Best non-football moment at BYU: Meeting his wife in 1983.

Vai Sikahema on the Web
NBC 10 Bio
Twitter page
LinkedIn page

Playing Stats
1980
7 rush, 44 yards
6 kickoff returns, 151 yards
4 punt returns, 22 yards
Note: Not included in these stats is an 83-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Holiday Bowl vs. SMU

1981
35 rush, 242 yards, 3 TD
11 receptions, 97 yards
11 kickoff returns, 188 yards
44 punt returns, 377 yards

1984
12 rush, 76 yards, 2 TD
6 receptions, 35 yards
15 kickoff returns, 376 yards
51 punt returns, 472 yards, 2 TD

1985
58 rush, 383 yards, 6 TD
36 receptions, 526 yards, 2 TD
10 kickoff returns, 258 yards
54 punt returns*, 441 yards, 1 TD

TOTALS
Rushing: 112 rush, 745 yards (6.7 ave.), 11 TD
Receiving: 53 receptions, 658 yards, 2 TD
Kick Returns: 42 returns, 973 yards
Punt Returns: 153 returns*, 1312 yards*, 3 TD

All-purpose: 360 touches, 3688** yards, 16 TD


* = BYU record (at that time)
** = second most in BYU history, at that time (55 yards behind Jeff Blanc), presently 9th most in school history

Also holds the BYU record for most combined returns in a game (10 vs. Boston College, 1985) and most returns in a career (195)

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