Moala making the USC "V" for victory sign after a 2008 fall practice
|No. 95 Indianapolis Colts|
|Date of birth:June 23, 1985|
|Place of birth: Buena Park, California|
|High School: Anaheim (CA) Western|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)|
|College: Southern California|
|NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56|
|Debuted in 2009 for the Indianapolis Colts|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Fili Moala (born June 23, 1985) is an American football defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Colts in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California.
Moala was the only son in a five-child family and was not permitted by his mother to play football until high school; however he did participate in basketball and baseball. Moala played high school football at Western High School in Anaheim, California, where he was teammates with Mike Iupati. As a senior in 2002 he was a Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 selection.
Moala originally signed with the University of Southern California in 2003, but did not qualify for admission. He attended Cypress College for one year, but did not play football there, before transferring into USC. During his first year at USC in 2004 he was redshirted. In 2005 he started two games for the Trojans recording eight tackles.
During his sophomore season in 2006, Moala pushed for and eventually won the starting spot, starting the last seven games and received All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He finished the season with 20 tackles, 2½ sacks, and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2007 he started all 13 games recording 33 tackles, 2½ sacks, and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
Entering the 2008 season, Moala began receiving heavy media attention as one of the best defensive linemen going into the season and a potential top-2009 NFL Draft pick in early mock drafts, with ESPN's draft expert Todd McShay naming him a possible first pick. With the departure of top-10 draft pick defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, Moala was expected to step up on the Trojans' defensive line. In the off-season and into the beginning of the 2008 season, Moala suffered from back spasms that limited his time in practices; he did not register a tackle during the 52–7 rout against the Trojans' first opponent, Virginia, which ran a spread offense that did not emphasize the run. Moala showed marked improvements in the following game against Ohio State, where he made a sack and contributed to a defensive line that had 6½ tackles for losses, including five sacks. Moala had a strong game against Arizona State, where he made three tackles, recovered a fumble, and blocked two third-quarter field goal attempts, tying the NCAA record for blocked field goals in a quarter. He was considered one of the best defensive tackle prospects for the 2009 NFL Draft.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jonathan Kay, A Fili for his role, USCFootball.com, November 10, 2007, Accessed June 3, 2008.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Tony Pauline, Never too early: Here's a dozen first-round prospects for '09 draft, Sports Illustrated, April 29, 2008, Accessed June 3, 2008.
- ↑ Matt Hayes, Ranking the BCS-conference players by position, Sporting News, June 2, 2008, Accessed June 3, 2008.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Rivals.com 2009 NFL Mock Draft, Rivals.com, April 29, 2008, Accessed June 3, 2008.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Todd McShay, Defenders earn four of top five spots in first 2009 mock draft, ESPN.com, April 29, 2008, Accessed June 3, 2008.
- ↑ Gary Klein, Lofty predictions don't impress USC football player Fili Moala, Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2008, Accessed October 15, 2008.
- ↑ Gary Klein and David Wharton, Fili Moala ready to get physical, Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2008, Accessed October 15, 2008.
- ↑ Gary Klein, USC's defensive line steps up its production, Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2008, Accessed October 15, 2008.
- ↑ Gary Klein and David Wharton, USC's Fili Moala won't block this out of his memory, Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2008, Accessed October 15, 2008.