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Jay Valai
Jay Valai

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Euless, Texas

High School:
Colleyville Heritage

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 205

Position:
DB

Experience:
3V

Jay Valai Photo Gallery

Honors and Awards
2010 Preseason: Named second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports
2009: Second-team All-Big Ten (coaches) ... honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) ... preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's ... named to preseason third-team by Phil Steele and Athlon
2008: Second-Team All-Big Ten (coaches) ... honorable mention Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com 2007: Academic All-Big Ten

2010: Second on team in fumbles forced and blocked kicks ... recorded three tackles against TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3 ... intercepted first pass of season and matched season high with six tackles against Northwestern on Nov. 27 ... made two tackles at Michigan on Nov. 20 ... posted three tackles against Indiana on Nov. 13 ... recorded four tackles with 0.5 TFLs at Purdue on Nov. 6 ... broke up one pass and had five tackles at Iowa on Oct. 23 ... returned from injury to post three tackles in win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16 ... did not play against Minnesota due to injury ... season-high six tackles with 0.5 TFL and one pass breakup at Michigan State on Oct. 2 ... made one tackle against Austin Peay on Sept. 25 ... named UW's co-special teams player of the week after blocking potential game-tying PAT try late in fourth quarter against Arizona State on Sept. 18; added three tackles and one TFL ... broke up one pass and had two tackles against San Jose State on Sept. 11 ... made four tackles against UNLV on Sept. 4

2009: Earned third letter ... started all 13 games ... tied for third on team with four pass breakups ... ranked third among UW defensive backs and sixth on the team with 51 tackles ... broke up one pass, made three tackles and had 1.0 TFL against Miami in Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 ... intercepted the first pass of his career and had three tackles against Hawaii on Dec. 5 ... made five tackles against Northwestern on Nov. 21 ... had one pass breakup and four tackles against Michigan on Nov. 14 ... broke up one pass, made four tackles and had 1.0 TFL against Indiana on Nov. 7 ... had four tackles and 1.0 TFL against Iowa on Oct. 17 ... recorded three tackles against Ohio State on Oct. 10 ... season-high six tackles, 0.5 TFL and one pass breakup against Minnesota on Oct. 3 ... named UW's co-defensive player of the week after recording three tackles against Michigan State on Sept. 26 ... registered five tackles against Wofford on Sept. 19 ... tallied five tackles against Fresno State on Sept. 12 ... recorded four tackles against Northern Illinois on Sept. 5

2008:
Earned second letter ... started 12 games at strong safety ... tied for the Big Ten lead with three forced fumbles in league play ... fifth on the team with 56 tackles ... four stops, including a 3-yard TFL against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl ... one tackle against Minnesota on Nov. 15 before leaving the game with a leg injury ... career-high 10 stops and a forced fumble at Indiana on Nov. 8 ... eight tackles against Michigan State on Nov. 1 ... named UW's defensive player of the week after recording five tackles, including one TFL against Illinois on Oct. 25 ... five tackles on Oct. 18 at Iowa ... four tackles on Oct. 11 against Penn State ... named UW's co-defensive player of the week against Ohio State on Oct. 4 ... seven tackles, two forced fumbles and a 2-yd QB sack against the Buckeyes ... seven tackles, including a 3-yd TFL at Fresno State on Sept. 13 ... made first career start at strong safety on Aug. 30 against Akron and had two tackles

2007:
Earned first letter ... played in 11 games (missed games at Illinois on Oct. 6 and vs. 23rd-ranked Michigan State on Sept. 29 due to injury) ... saw time on defense in three games ... solo tackle against 16th-ranked Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl ... had a one-yard TFL vs. Minnesota ... registered solo tackle in win over The Citadel on Sept. 15

2006: Redshirted ... named UW scout team defensive player of the week for Northwestern game

High School: Ranked among top 60 cornerbacks in the nation according to Rivals.com ... PrepStar All-American ... 2005 first-team All-District 5-5A selection and district special teams player of the year ... named team's co-defensive MVP and its special teams MVP in 2005 ... team captain as a senior ... registered 68 tackles, three interceptions and two QB sacks in 2005 ... lettered in football, basketball and track ... football coach was Chris Cunningham

Personal: Parents are Octavius and Henrietta Valai ... major is life sciences communication

Career Defensive Statistics
Season GP/GS UT AT Tot. TFL QBS FC FR INT PD
2007 11/0 3
1
4
1.0-1
0.0-0
0
0
0
0
2008 12/12 35
21
56
4.0-9
1.0-2
3
0
0
1
2009 13/13 28
23
51
3.5-9
0.0-0
0
0
1
5
2010 12/12
25
17
42
2.0-3 0.0-0 1
0 1 4
Totals 48/37 91
62
153
10.5-22
1.0-2
4
0
2
10

Game-by-Game Tackles
2007 SEASON: Washington State (0-1=1); The Citadel (1-0=1); Minnesota (1-0=1); Tennessee (1-0=1)

2008 SEASON: Akron (2-0=2); Marshall (2-0=2); Fresno State (4-3=7); Michigan (0-2=2); Ohio State (4-3=7); Penn State (3-1=4); Iowa (2-3=5); Illinois (4-1=5); Michigan State (1-7=8); Indiana (8-2=10); Minnesota (1-0=1); Florida State (4-0=4)

2009 SEASON: Northern Illinois (2-2=4); Fresno State (1-4=5); Wofford (3-2=5); Michigan State (2-1=3); Minnesota (3-3=6); Ohio State (0-3=3); Iowa (1-3=4); Purdue (1-1=2); Indiana (3-1=4); Michigan (2-2=4); Northwestern (4-1=5); Hawaii (3-0=3); Miami (3-0=3)

2010 SEASON: UNLV (3-1=4); San Jose State (2-0=2); Arizona State (3-0=3); Austin Peay (0-1=1); Michigan State (2-4=6); Ohio State (3-0=3); Iowa (1-4=5); Purdue (2-2=4); Indiana (2-1=3); Michigan (1-1=2); Northwestern (4-2=6); TCU (2-1=3)

Career Game Highs
Tackles 10 at Indiana, Nov. 8, 2008
Tackles for Loss
1.0 (8x), MR vs. Arizona State, Sept. 18, 2010
Sacks 1.0 vs. Ohio State, Oct. 4, 2008
Interceptions 1 (2x), MR vs. Northwestern, Nov. 27, 2010
Passes Defended
1 (9x), MR at Iowa, Oct. 23, 2010
Season Game Highs
Tackles 6 (2x), MR vs. Northwestern, Nov. 27, 2010
Tackles for Loss 1.0 vs. Arizona State, Sept. 18, 2010
Sacks N/A
Interceptions 1 vs. Northwestern, Nov. 27, 2010
Passes Defended 1 (4x), MR vs. Northwestern, Nov. 27, 2010

Updated - 1/18/10

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