Duke Football BIO
34 Michael Tauiliili
Career: Signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts in May, 2009 ... graduated from Duke with a degree in public policy in December, 2008 ... named the Defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Bowl with a game-high 13 tackles for the East squad in a 24-19 win ... four-year starter and letterwinner ... started in 45 of his 46 career games, ending his career with 23 consecutive starts ... ended his career with 434 tackles, 46.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, seven interceptions, eight pass breakups, 12 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries and eight caused fumbles ... ranks among the Duke career leaders in tackles (4th) and tackles for loss (3rd) ... had at least 90 tackles in all four seasons with 100 or more in each of his final two seasons ... averaged 9.4 tackles per game in his career ... recorded at least 10 tackles for loss in all four seasons ... posted 18 career double-digit tackle games ... prior to the 2006 season, changed last name from Brown to Tauiliili to honor his Samoan heritage.
2008: Returning three-year starter at middle linebacker ... preseason first team All-ACC choice by Athlon ... preseason second team All-ACC selection by both Lindy’s and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... has secured tremendous game experience with 33 career starts ... vocal leader of the Duke defense ... has reached the 90-tackle plateau in each of his first three seasons as a Blue Devil with over 100 tackles as a junior in 2007 ... in 34 career games, has 294 tackles including 33.0 tackles for loss ... owns career per game averages of 8.65 tackles and 0.97 tackles for loss ... the 33.0 career tackles for loss rank sixth on Duke’s all-time list ... leads all active ACC players in career tackles (294) and career tackles for loss (33.0) ... has 12 career double figure tackle games to his credit ... has notched five or more tackles in 28-of-34 career games and in 27 of his last 30 contests dating back to the 2005 season ... has carded at least one tackle for loss in 25-of-34 career games ... two-time honoree as Duke’s co-Most Outstanding Defensive Player ... prior to the 2006 season, changed last name from Brown to Tauiliili to honor his Samoan heritage ... childhood friend of Duke teammate Vince Oghobaase.
2007: Started the final 11 games of the season at middle linebacker ... did not play in the season-opener against Connecticut ... reached the century mark with 108 tackles in 11 games to lead the team in tackles per game and rank second overall behind Vincent Rey (111) ... led the squad with 13.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with three interceptions ... finished the year with 4.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two quarterback pressures, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery ... ranked third in the ACC and 35th nationally in tackles per game with a 9.82 average ... ranked seventh in the ACC and tied for 50th in the NCAA with 1.18 tackles for loss per game ... recorded five games with 10 or more tackles on the season ... posted seven or more tackles in 10 of his 11 contests ... had nine games with a tackle for loss, including three outings with two or more ... tallied a season-high 15 tackles, including eight solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss at Navy ... recorded 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery against Virginia Tech ... tallied 13 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and one interception at Georgia Tech ... registered 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks versus Clemson ... had 12 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and one sack at Notre Dame ... forced a fumble to go with seven tackles at Virginia ... recorded first collegiate interception at Northwestern ... posted nine tackles against both Wake Forest and Florida State ... had eight tackles at Miami and seven at North Carolina ... tallied 749 total snaps for the season with 689 on defense and 60 on special teams ... logged at least 50 snaps in all 11 of his games with a season-high 93 at Florida State.
2006: Started all 12 games ... led Duke in tackles with 94 ... ranked eighth in the ACC and 71st nationally in tackles per game with a 7.8 average ... registered four double figure tackle outings including a season-best 13 stops against Navy ... also reached double figures versus Richmond (11), Virginia Tech (11) and North Carolina (11) ... along with Patrick Bailey, co-recipient of Duke’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player honor ... became just the second Blue Devil ever to pace the squad in tackles in his freshman and sophomore seasons, joining Ryan Fowler (2000-01) ... ranked tied for third on the team in quarterback pressures (4) and fourth in tackles for loss (10.0) ... had at least one tackle for loss in eight games ... on the field for 797 total snaps, the fourth-highest total on the team.
2005: First team Freshman All-America, ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year and first team Freshman All-ACC choice by The Sporting News ... first team Freshman All-America selection by Scout.com ... played in all 11 games, starting the final 10 ... led all rookie linebackers nationally in tackles (92), tackles for loss (10.0) and forced fumbles (3) ... in the ACC, ranked seventh in tackles and tied for fourth in caused fumbles ... joined Erwin Sampson (1988) and Ryan Fowler (2000) as the only freshmen to lead Duke in tackles ... became just the third rookie in school history to pace the team in tackles for loss, joining Fowler and Chris Combs (1996) ... registered three double figure tackle games, the most by a Blue Devil rookie since Fowler’s four in 2000 ... had a season-best 15 stops against Wake Forest ... picked up 14 tackles, three tackles for loss and the first quarterback sack of his career in the season finale at North Carolina ... added 13 tackles including one for loss versus Florida State ... averaged 11.8 tackles per game over the final five weeks of the season ... carded at least one tackle for loss in eight games ... named the co-recipient of Duke’s Outstanding Defensive Player award along with Brendan Dewan.
Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman for Tom Gerber at Alief Taylor ... credited for a team-leading 121 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception to earn first team all-district honors ... named Alief Taylor’s Defensive MVP in 2004 ... named All-Greater Houston and a finalist for the Greater Houston Touchdown Club’s defensive player of the year award ... first team all-district choice as a junior after totaling 111 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and three sacks ... carded 102 tackles to garner second team all-district accolades in sophomore season ... three-year team captain and leading tackler ... helped squad to back-to-back state playoff berths in 2003 and 2004.
Personal: Son of Iva Brown and Daryl McMullen ... father played basketball at Tennessee State University ... born October 29, 1986.