Vakapuna is a third-year player in 2011, seeking first regular-season action … Unable to play in 2010 due to shoulder injury … Was a seventh-round Bengals draft choice in ’09.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009 - Drafted by Bengals in seventh round (215th overall) … Played in all four preseason games (no statistics) … Waived on Sept. 5 … Signed to Arizona practice squad for Games 1-7 … Signed Nov. 4 to Bengals 53-player roster … Inactive for Cincinnati for Games 8-16, and for Wild Card playoff 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets.
COLLEGE: Played four seasons at Brigham Young (2003 and ’06-08), seeing action in 42 games … Did not play in 2004-05, when he served a church mission … Totaled 1181 rushing yards with 4.7 avg., and caught 28 passes for 189 yards (8.8 avg.) … Scored 18 TDs (14 rushing and four receiving) … Helped lead BYU to 32-7 record over his final three campaigns … In 2007, earned BYU’s Leon White Award for unselfish devotion (White played for Bengals from 1986-91, following his BYU career) … Redshirted in 2002 (did not play).
PERSONAL: Hometown is Glendale, Utah … Attended East High School, where he was a three-year letter winner in football and track … Oldest of eight children … Served a two-year church mission in 2004-05 in Carlsbad, Calif. … Was MVP of a national championship rugby team during his high school years … Name is pronounced “FOO-ee vah-kuh-POO-nuh.”