Diablo Valley College football star Siuea Vaesau is capable of sacking a quarterback and then assessing the damage to the poor guy's anatomy.
One of 12 midyear transfers from the 2012 Vikings squad, Vaesau, now at UNLV, carried a 3.8 grade-point average and had eight sacks last season. He was also the only student on campus to score 100 percent on the anatomy midterm exam last spring, Vikings coach Mike Darr said.
"Siuea is an amazing young man," Darr said.
Vaesau, an Ygnacio Valley High graduate, appreciated that the Vikings coaches emphasized academics and helped players stay on the right path.
"Coming out of high school I was pretty sound academically," Vaesau said. "Just staying focused and not letting the college experience get to you too much. It's good to have fun once in a while, but Coach Darr was always telling us: 'Stay out of (trouble).' "
Vaesau, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, intended to go to San Jose State but changed his mind after former Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre left in December to coach Colorado.
"I was actually committed to San Jose State, but their coach bailed, so I didn't want to do that anymore. So I came to UNLV and I ended up loving it," said Vaesau, who helped the Vikings beat Laney 30-27 in the East Bay Bowl.
Vaesau (whose full name is pronounced See-oo-way Va-sow-u) and fellow defensive end Kyle Kragen, a San Ramon Valley graduate now at Cal, formed a two-man quarterback
"It was a blast playing on the other side of that guy," Vaesau said of Kragen. "He was an animal. We'd always have that, 'Meet me at the quarterback.' "
High-motor pass rushers are all the rage in Pleasant Hill. From the Vikings' class of midyear transfers in 2011, Morgan Breslin (USC), Marc Thompson (Northern Arizona) and Elijah Winston (Midwestern State) not only started in 2012, but they also led their new teams in sacks.
Vaesau is one of 25 players from the 2012 team that have signed, or will sign, with a four-year program. That ups the Vikings' total to 103 scholarships over the past four years. Among them were 15 midyear transfers over the last two years who arrived at their new schools in time for spring football, presumably giving them a leg up on transfers enrolling in the fall.
Here are DVC's other midyear signees in 2012: Devin Campbell (Pinole Valley), Notre Dame College-Ohio; Ryan Cockerton (Kelseyville), Southeastern Louisiana; Thadon Haley (Mt. Diablo), Malone University-Ohio; Quinn Kaehler (California), San Diego State; Andre Lewis, Utah; and Turon Walker (St. Mary's), Houston.
Six Vikings signed in February: CJ Best, Texas State; Damon Collins (Deer Valley), UNLV; Kyle Egan (San Ramon Valley), Duquesne; Vince Ferrante (College Park), Cal Lutheran; Kiti Kulu (Pittsburg), Southeastern Oklahoma; and De'Ondre Wesley (Deer Valley), BYU.
Among the other local signings were Los Medanos wideout Terrance Polk (Hawaii), along with Chabot's Kris Petersen-(Newark Memorial), Texas State; CJ Backlund (Finland), UNLV; and Casey Jennings (Washington-Fremont), University of the Incarnate Word-Texas.
PIONEERS PITCHER PERFECT: The Cal State East Bay baseball team (7-0) will travel to Cal State Monterey Bay to open the California Collegiate Athletic Association season, Friday through Sunday. The Pioneers' Michael Pope (Las Lomas) and Zachary Wong each have 2-0 pitching records. Second-year Pioneers coach Bob Ralston (Moreau Catholic) has coached successfully at DVC, Clayton Valley and St. Patrick/St. Vincent-Vallejo.