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03/10/18 - Even with top Dawgs Vita Vea and Dante Pettis sidelined with sore paws, it was a packed house at the Dempsey Indoor facility at the University of Washington Pro Day with an estimated 20 NFL teams represented. Vea, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, pulled a hamstring running the 40-yard dash at NFL Scouting Combine. All NFL 32 teams were notified that he would not be participating in timed or positional drills during Saturday's workout. However, before hurting himself at Indy, Vea managed to live up to the pre-Combine buzz as one of the most explosive players in the draft, registering a speedy 5.10 seconds in the 40-yard dash after weighing in at 6-foot-4, 347 pounds and benching 225 pounds 41 times. Several scouts stopped and visited with Vea as his teammates competed. The Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins had formal visits with Vea, who currently tops NFLDraftScout.com's defensive tackle rankings, checking in at No. 9 overall. - Rob Rang, NFL DraftScout.com
03/05/18 - DT Vita Vea, projected as a top 10 pick, wasn't able to complete his Combine workouts because of a hamstring injury and isn't sure if he will be ready for the Huskies' Pro Day, which will be held Saturday, not giving Vea a lot of time to recover. "I don't know," he told NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang before leaving Indianapolis on Sunday. "We'll see how my hammy does throughout the week. Be back in Seattle, getting rehab on it, taking care of it. We'll see how it turns out."
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Must-see Prospects per Position: DT Vita Vea, Washington, 6-4, 345, 5.34...Currently ranked 2nd among DTs, 17th overall and a 1st-round value...Behind the scenes bets are being made that Vea will clock in at under 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash despite tipping the scales at a legitimate 345 pounds. He may turn heads in the vertical jump and bench press, as well. Often compared to former Oregon star (and five-time Pro Bowler) Haloti Ngata over the past two years, Vea may unleash the kind of workout the NFL has not seen from a defensive lineman of his size since Dontari Poe's legendary performance six years ago -- which included clocking in at 4.98 seconds and lifting the bar an eye-popping 44 times at 6-3, 346 pounds, catapulting him to 11th overall pick in 2012 by Kansas City. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Athleticism Key for these Prospects: Vita Vea, DT, Washington...There will be no bathroom breaks by scouts or coaches when it is Vea's turn on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium. NFL evaluators are eager to see the show, with many expecting Vea to run a sub-5.00 40-yard dash at 340-plus pounds -- just like Dontari Poe in 2012. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/01/18 - Washington standout defensive lineman Vita Vea, the Pac-12 Conference defensive player of the year, has declared for the NFL draft. Vea announced the expected decision in a lengthy post on social media on Monday. Vea hinted following Washington loss to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl he would be leaving early for the NFL, where he's expected to be a first-round pick. Vea nearly left Washington after his sophomore year but opted to stay for his junior season. He was a disruptive force on the defensive line and was voted the conference defensive player of the year by the league's coaches. He was the first Washington player named defensive player of the year in the conference since 1996 and just the fourth defensive player in school history to be player of the year. Vea finished the regular season with 38 tackles and 3 ½ sacks. He had six tackles in the Fiesta Bowl. - AP College Football
12/11/17 - 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Vita Vea, Jr., Washington,...Vea, a junior defensive tackle from Milpitas, Calif., is the first Husky to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year on defense since 1996, when Jason Chorak won the honor. The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder is the centerpiece of the Husky defense that led the conference in rushing, scoring and total defense. - Washington Football
12/05/17 - 2017 PAC-12 PAT TILLMAN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Vita Vea, Washington...Vea, a junior from Milpitas, Calif., anchored the Husky defense that led the Pac-12 and was third in the nation in rushing defense (92.3 yards allowed), while the team's total defense (277.4 yards allowed) paced the Pac-12 and was fifth in the FBS. Behind Vea, the Huskies gave up just eight rushing touchdowns on the season. He posted 38 tackles (26 solo, 12 assisted) in 12 starts, collecting 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Vea is the first Husky to win the award since linebacker Jason Chorak in 1996, and the fifth time overall that a Husky has garnered the honor. - Pac-12 Football
09/25/17 - DT Vita Vea displayed his rare form of athleticism by blocking a punt against Colorado in addition to his typical style of tying up blockers in the trenches. "Thought Vita Vea was playing at a really, really high level," coach Chris Petersen said. "Not only on special teams but on defense." The 6-foot-5, 340-pound junior has 13 tackles and one sack this season with room to elevate his performance.
07/10/17 - 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: DT Vita Vea, Washington,...Four Huskies earned a spot on one of two prestigious preseason watch lists today. Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin were named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list, while Azeem Victor and Vita Vea made the list for the Bednarik Award. Vea, a junior from Milpitas, Calif., is considered one of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects. He earned second-team All-Pac-12 last year. - Washington Football
12/17/16 - 2016 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Vita Vea, So., Washington,...Junior linebacker Keishawn Bierria and sophomore defensive lineman Vita Vea were named to the Pac-12's second team, while senior defensive back Kevin King, senior linebacker Psalm Wooching and sophomore defensive lineman Greg Gaines earned honorable mention. - Washington Football