***Jaguars Press Release***
The Jacksonville Jaguars today were awarded rookie linebacker John Lotulelei off waivers from Seattle. First-year linebacker Kyle Knox was waived from the roster.
Lotulelei, 5-11, 233, joined the Seahawks as a rookie free agent in 2013 and played in all four preseason games and two regular games before he was waived on October 2. He totaled two solo tackles and one special teams tackle. He played in 25 games with 17 starts at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and produced 180 tackles (83 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Lotulelei was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior after starting all 13 games and recording 120 tackles. He was also named the UNLV Defensive Most Valuable Player and was the recipient of the Bill “Wildcat” Morris Most Inspirational Award. Lotulelei started only four games as a junior but still ranked third on the club with 60 tackles.
The Kihei, Hawaii native spent his first two collegiate seasons at Merced (Calif.) College. He led the team in 2010 with 84 tackles including 12 tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles. Lotulelei attended Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii, where he was a three-year letterman and helped the school to three Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) championships as a linebacker and fullback. He is the cousin of Star Lotulelei, a first-round draft pick of Carolina in 2013.
Lotulelei, pronounced LO-too-LAY-LAY, will wear jersey number 53.