Hau’oli Kikaha Gunning For NCAA All-Time Sack Record


Hau’oli Jamora entered the UW program as the 97th ranked defensive end in the nation coming out of Kahuku High School in Hawaii. But not one of the 96 players ranked above Jamora has more sacks than him this season, not even close.

Hau’oli now goes by the last name Kikaha, a decision he made after his sophomore season based on family issues. The word means “to soar,” or “to fly,” in Hawaiian.

And boy has he soared ever since.

Kikaha finished the 2013 season with 13 sacks, good for an All Pac-12 second team selection. This season, however, he will be raking in awards on a national scale.

The “flyin”” Hawaiian leads the nation in sacks with 14.5. No one else has more than 11.

To put that in perspective, no player in college football has amassed more than 15 sacks in an ENTIRE SEASON since 2010.

Mel Kiper Jr. named Kikaha the midseason Defensive Player of the Year for all of college football. It’s hard to argue against him, given the numbers he is putting up.

Assuming UW plays in a bowl game, which is a fairly safe assumption, Kikaha is on pace for 23.5 sacks. That would put him just half a sack shy of Terrell Suggs‘ all-time NCAA record of 24.

With two sacks last Saturday, Kikaha tied the UW single season record (Jason Chorak, 1996) in just eight games, and became the all-time sack leader for a career with 31.5 to date. Daniel Te’o Nesheim was the previous record holder with 30.

What makes the career record even more impressive is the fact that Kikaha has had two ACL tears since his freshman year and�missed most of his sophomore year. He has really only played 3 full seasons as a Husky and already has more sacks than any other pass-rusher in UW’s storied defensive history.

A history which Hau’oli Kikaha is very much making himself a part of.