Koa and Dolphins assistant strength and conditioning coach Dave Puloka are third cousins, yet they had no idea of their connection until Koa returned from a celebratory dinner back in Utah with some distant relatives he’d barely even met until they were able to connect the dots. As best the families can establish, the connection dates back to Melenaite Misi, Koa’s paternal grandmother, and Latu Puloka, the coach’s late grandfather. “I don't give him any special treatment or anything,” Puloka said. “If anything I might be harder on him. I joke with him a little bit. I'll say, ‘If you slack off, I might call up your grandmother and tell on you."
Koa and Dolphins assistant strength and conditioning coach Dave Puloka are third cousins, yet they had no idea of their connection until Koa returned from a celebratory dinner back in Utah with some distant relatives he’d barely even met until they were able to connect the dots. As best the families can establish, the connection dates back to Melenaite Misi, Koa’s paternal grandmother, and Latu Puloka, the coach’s late grandfather. “I don't give him any special treatment or anything,” Puloka said. “If anything I might be harder on him. I joke with him a little bit. I'll say, ‘If you slack off, I might call up your grandmother and tell on you.’”
Second-round draft choice of the Dolphins in 2010 (40th overall).
2010 - Played in all 16 games with 12 starts . . . Earned All-Rookie recognition by the Pro Football Writers Association . . . Finished with 41 tackles (29 solo) . . . Ranked second on the Dolphins with 4.5 sacks for 19.5 yards in losses and had two fumble recoveries and a pair of passes defensed . . . Finished second on the team in tackles once in 2010 . . . Made his NFL and Dolphins debut in a reserve role at Buffalo (9/12) and had four tackles, including his first career NFL sack, tackling quarterback Trent Edwards for a nine-yard loss . . . Became the first Dolphins rookie to record a sack in his NFL debut since Kendall Langford accomplished the feat in the 2008 season opener against the N.Y. Jets on September 7 . . . Had two tackles and one fumble recovery at Minnesota (9/19), coming in the end zone for first career NFL touchdown when he recovered a Brett Favre fumble that was forced by a Cameron Wake sack of Favre . . . Posted a one-yard sack of quarterback Tom Brady vs. New England (10/4) . . . Finished with three tackles vs. Green Bay (10/17), including one sack, tackling quarterback Aaron Rodgers for a one-yard loss . . . Had two tackles vs. Pittsburgh (10/24), including a half-sack for 0.5 yards in losses, combining with Chris Clemons for a one-yard sack of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . . . Also had a fumble recovery, collecting a Roethlisberger fumble after he was sacked by Yeremiah Bell and Cameron Wake . . . Registered six tackles at Baltimore (11/7) . . . Finished tied for second on the Dolphins in tackles with four stops vs. Cleveland (12/5) . . . Had two tackles vs. Buffalo (12/19) including one sack, tackling quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for an eight-yard loss . . .
DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS: Recovered a Brett Favre fumble in the end zone for a touchdown that was forced by a Cameron Wake sack of Favre at Minnesota on Sept. 19, 2010 . . . It was Misi’s first career touchdown . . . It was the first defensive fumble recovery for a touchdown by a Dolphins defender since Jason Taylor had a 48-yard return for a score off a Shonn Greene fumble on November 1, 2009 at the N.Y. Jets . . . It was the first fumble recovery for a touchdown by a Dolphins rookie since Derrick Pope had a one-yard return for a TD of a Tim Rattay fumble on Nov. 28, 2004 at San Francisco . . . It was the third Dolphins touchdown by a Dolphins defensive rookie in as many seasons . . .
ROOKIE SACK LEADERS: With 4.5 sacks in 2010, Misi ranks seventh overall and second among linebackers in team history among rookie sack leaders . . . Ranked third in the AFC and tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks among 2010 rookies.
Three-year letterman (2007-09) and starter at Utah . . . Recorded 206 tackles (94 solo) with 10.5 sacks and 26.0 stops for losses . . . His six forced fumbles tied for fourth on the school’s career-record list . . . Also recovered three fumbles, returning one 28 yards for a touchdown and deflected eight passes . . . Started 12 games at right defensive end as a senior in 2009 . . . Named first-team All-Mountain West Conference . . . Recorded career-best 71 hits (34 solo) with five sacks, 9.5 stops for losses and caused three fumbles . . . Started all 13 games as a junior in 2008 - 12 games at left defensive end and one game at left defensive tackle . . . Named second-team All-MWC . . . Finished with 68 tackles (31 solo), adding three sacks and 8.5 stops for losses . . . Also caused three fumbles, recovered another and had six pass deflections … Played a major part as the Utes ranked 11th in the nation in rush defense (99.15 ypg) . . . Played in all 13 games with starts in the final nine games of the season as a sophomore in 2007 . . . Started two games at nose guard shifting to left defensive tackle for the remainder of the schedule . . . Finished with 67 tackles (29 solo) . . . Credited with 2.5 sacks and eight stops for losses . . . Also deflected two passes . . . Scooped up a fumble and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown vs. New Mexico . . . Attended Santa Rosa Junior College from 2005-06, earning an associates degree in sociology . . . Earned All-Northern California Conference honors while helping the team win the division title and receive a bowl invitation . . . Did not play football in 2005 . . . Majored in sociology.
Attended Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, Calif . . . Honor Roll student . . . Twice earned All-Conference honors in football . . . Named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior as school went 13-0 and won the league title . . . Also lettered in baseball and basketball . . . Spoke at the Broward County Juvenile Detention Center . . . Participated in the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament and the Touchdown For Life Blood Drive . . . Handed out backpacks to South Florida youth as part of the Kids and Fins Back to School Kickoff event . . . Donated money to help purchase toys and meals for the holidays . . . His father, Sione, played football for Hawaii . . . Full name is Nawaakoa Lisiate Foti Analeseanoa Misi, born January 17, 1987, in Santa Rosa, Calif.
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