Bojay Filimoeatu Interview
Sr / Utah State / Linebacker

Updated - 9-1-12

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  What are your exact measurements (height, weight and 40 time)?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I am 6’2, 252 right now and my best forty time was a 4.63.


Alex Khvatov:  What programs showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?     

Bojay Filimoeatu:  There was no interest.  The junior college route was always there for me.  So I took that route.


Alex Khvatov:  You spent a couple of seasons at a Community College in California, describe your career there.

Bojay Filimoeatu:  My first year, I started about six games and then I got big headed.  I started not working hard in the weight room and I started losing track of football.  I never went to class.  That’s what hurt me.  I finished the season with like 8 sacks and 20 tackles.  Going into my sophomore year, I got hurt.  I broke my collarbone and it forced me to take a redshirt year.  During that year, I finally woke up.  I focused more on the weight room and the classroom.  I turned my body into a football body.  I pushed myself on and off the field.  Going into my redshirt sophomore year, we finished the season 13-0.  I finished the season with about 16 sacks, 42 tackles and about 32 TFL.  It got me All-American honors and it brought me to Utah State.


Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose Utah State?  

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I had a few offers including Miami.  I was about to commit to Iowa State or Kansas State.  I took my trip out here to Utah State, and it made realize how lucky I was to be home.  I saw my father and my mother getting all of the gray-haired.  It was a shock to me.  Then I finally met Coach Andersen, and he told me straight up what I needed to hear.  He told me what was best for me and not what I wanted to hear.  He told me that coming home was the best option for me.  


Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your junior season 

Bojay Filimoeatu:  My junior season was alright.  It took me awhile to adapt.  When Hawaii came to play against us that is when I started to get loose.  Towards the end of the season, I played more of an outside backer role where I feel more comfortable.  I finished the season strong.  I think that I could have helped the team more.  Now going into the senior season, I have more experience and a good grip of the playbook.    


Alex Khvatov:  What did you learn from your teammate LB Bobby Wagner last season?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  He always stepped up when we needed him.  He played that role.  He mostly showed by his action.  He took every challenge head-on.  I am going to take that from him.  I am going to take every team head-on.  I want to make sure that I am the leader of the defense.  Hopefully, we will win the WAC conference championship. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are the expectations for your senior season from a team and individual standpoint?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I want our team to finish the season with a championship around our waist.  I want to get to a bowl game for the city and our fans.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths? 

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I play as one.  I show the ability that I can lead the squad.  Hopefully my pass rushing skills can help out the defense as well as the run defense. 


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon? 

Bojay Filimoeatu:  My coverage skills.  I am working on it and getting better. 


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I am just bigger than most players compared to other linebackers in our conference.  I actually play the linebacker on the first two downs and then I move to a DE during passing situations on third down.


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?    

Bojay Filimoeatu:  The Denver Broncos.  I was a big fan of Terrell Davis and John Elway growing up.  I am also a big fan of D.J. Williams.  He played outside backer and then he moved to the middle.  Elvis Dumervil is also a great player.  He is a guy that plays my position.  A guy who is 5’10, but he is tossing guys around that are much bigger than him.


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite player?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  It has to be D.J. Williams.  He played at Miami.  His work ethic is great.  I try to work just as hard as him.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for the Broncos this year with the addition of Peyton Manning at QB?

Bojay Filimoeatu: All we needed was a QB for a couple of years.  We let Jay Cutler go and couldn’t find the guy.  I wasn’t a Tebow fan.  I think that we are ready to roll this year.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point? 

Bojay Filimoeatu:  Going to the bowl game with my Utah State players.  It was great for our fans.  I think that we have the best fans in the nation.  I had the best time in my life. 


Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about college football?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  Game days.  Right when you walk out, the student section is pumping you up.  The crowd is staring at you right before the coin toss.  Your adrenaline is going.  It is the best feeling in the world. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I am not really an outgoing guy.  I like to stay home and watch a movie.  I like to eat gummy bears.  I like to stay home with my girlfriend.  I like to spend time with my mom and dad.


Alex Khvatov:  What makes you a unique individual?

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I have five sisters and no brothers.  I was the youngest in the family.  I think that it paid off for me growing up with five sisters.


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence Bojay Filimoeatu is …   

Bojay Filimoeatu:  I am a team player.  Off-the-field, I am a family man.  I love my parents to death.  I never disrespect my sisters or my mom and dad.  Hopefully, I can lead Utah State to a WAC Championship.                                 


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