Title: Defensive Assistant
Experience: 3rd Year
Alma Mater: Arizona State, '07
Bio: Former Arizona State defensive lineman Will Kofe is in his third year as a member of the Sacramento State coaching staff. Kofe serves as the team’s defensive graduate assistant. In his first year with the Hornets, Kofe assisted with the defensive line and helped lead Dallas Mauga and Blaine Jackson to all-Big Sky Conference honors.
In 2008, the Hornets allowed just 97.2 rushing yards per game which led the Big Sky and ranks as the second best mark in school history. The team also had 31 sacks on the year and two of his players — sophomore Christian Clark and freshman Zack Nash — earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors.
A two-year starter with the Sun Devils, Kofe played in all 25 games during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, starting eight. He totaled 42 tackles (25 solo), seven tackles-for-loss and three sacks. As a senior, Kofe tallied 19 tackles and tied for fourth on the team with three sacks. He also recovered a fumble against Stanford and earned the start against No. 3 USC.
Before transferring to Arizona State, Kofe spent two years at Dixie State College. While there, he earned first team all-Western States Conference accolades after recording 23.5 tackles, including 12 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks.
Kofe was a standout at prep powerhouse Long Beach Poly. As a senior, he started at both center and defensive end and was named first team all-Moore League and all-CIF Div. I. He was also placed on the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Dream Team and the Los Angeles Times Dream Team. During his four years, the Jackrabbits lost only one game and ended the season ranked No. 1 by USA Today twice. Following high school, he played one season at Montana State before transferring to Dixie.
Kofe earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State in 2007 in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in justice studies and education. His uncle, Alfred Pupunu, was a longtime tight end for the San Diego Chargers.
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