PITOITUA'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Coached by Jim Goode...also played basketball for the Warriors in the Seamount League...earned two varsity football letters...Seamount League defensive player of the year as a SENIOR (2002-03) when he also earned first team all-league honors...did not play football until junior year in high school.
PITOITUA'S WSU CAREER
FRESHMAN (2004-05): V-letter...Games - 8...Starts - 4...delayed enrollment until January, 2004, after signing with WSU in February, 2003...participated in 2004 spring drills before fall camp...earned the following weekly team awards: Cougar Claw Defense - Colorado:
Selected to The Sporting News All-Pacific-10 freshman team;
Earned a starting role in fall camp and in opener at New Mexico, made seven tackles, including 1.5 sacks;
Suffered a high left ankle sprain against Colorado and missed Idaho, Arizona and Oregon games;
Returned for the Stanford game and made three tackles,
Had two tackles and forced a fumble at UCLA;
Finished strong, recording a sack and three tackles at ASU, then 1.5 sacks and three tackles in Apple Cup win over Washington while starting both games.
SOPHOMORE (2005-06): V-Letter...Games - 7...Starts -0:
Suffered a broken leg in fall camp and missed the first five games of the season;
First action against Stanford...played sparingly the rest of the season, but slow recovery from injury did not allow him much practice time and limited playing time;
Made four tackles against ASU and had three stops against both Stanford and USC.
JUNIOR (2006-07): V-letter...Games 9...Starts 9...received the following single-game team awards: WSU's Pac-10 nomination on defense for play against Baylor...participated in seven tackles against USC and then had a season-high eight stops against California...left Oregon game after suffering right knee sprain in first quarter and missed the next three games...returned to make six tackles against Washington.
Ropati Pitoitua (pronounced Roe-potti Pitoe-two-ah)...born April 6, 1985 in Samoa...parents Sooalo and Faipine Pitoitua...one older brother Maeli, and four sisters, Leutu, twins Vaiava and Leao, and Runal...humanities major at WSU.
DEFENSE G/GS TT PT AT TFL SACKS PI/YDS
2004 8/4 24 16 8 5.5/-44 5/-42 0/0
2005 7/0 13 6 7 1/-5 1/-5 0/0
2006 9/9 37 16 21 7.5/-24 2.5/-12 0/0
Career: 24/13 74 38 36 14/-73 8.5/-59 0/0