Signed by Seattle as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft.
Career: Has started 11 of the 36 games he has played in his career), and has had 77 total tackles with 8 1/2 sacks, three quarterback hurries and two passes deflected.
2018: Listed as a starter at nose tackle on the preseason depth chart. He returns for his second chance at a full senior season as a 2017 injury redshirt.
2017: Started Eastern’s first two games at nose guard, but was lost for the rest of the season with an injury. He had three total tackles in those two games. Prior to the 2017 season he earned third team preseason All-America honors from STATS, and first team all-league accolades from College Sports Madness. He had 11 tackles with a pair of sacks in three spring scrimmages.
2016: Earned first team All-Big Sky honors (as selected by the league’s head coaches). He played in 13 games, starting seven at nose tackle while splitting time with senior Matthew Sommer. Tiuli finished his junior season with 33 tackles and four sacks. He had a season-high six tackles against Cal Poly (11/5/16) and had a pair of sacks versus UC Davis (10/1/16) when he was selected as the co-team defensive player of the week along with teammate Victor Gamboa. He also had a sack against Montana State (10/22/16), and half-sacks against Northern Colorado (10/8/16) and Portland State (12/10/16).
2015: Tiuli finished his sophomore season with a team-leading 4 1/2 sacks and a total of 37 tackles in 11 games played. He made the first start of his career against Weber State (10/31/15) and had three tackles and a half-sack in the 14-13 win. One game earlier he had a season-high six tackles with a half-sack versus Northern Colorado (10/24/15) to win the team’s co-defensive player of the week honor. He also started versus Northern Arizona (11/7/15) and had four tackles, and extended his stretch of games with at least a half-sack to five. He started the stretch with solo sacks in the fourth quarter versus both versus Sacramento State (9/26/15) and Cal Poly (10/10/15). He closed the season with four tackles and a forced fumble against Portland State (11/21/15).
2014: Was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Was one of eight Eagle true freshmen to see action, making his debut in EWU’s opener against Montana State (9/20/14). Tiuli had a season high two tackles against North Dakota (11/1/14). He was the team’s offensive scout team player of the week once, that coming before EWU’s game against Washington (9/6/14), which helped trigger him coming off redshirt.
HS: Graduated from Federal Way HS in 2014. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was picked as a second team selection on the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area squad as an offensive lineman. He earned All-South Puget Sound League 4A South Division honors as a first team offensive lineman and a first team defensive lineman. In addition, Tiuli was named to the Federal Way Mirror All -City team as an offensive and defensive lineman. He helped open holes for a ground game that had more than 3,000 yards on the season. He also had four sacks on defense. He helped lead the Eagles to a 10-3 record and a semifinal appearance in the State 4A Playoffs. They beat Skyline 26-20 in the first round and Richland 41-34 in the quarterfinals before ending their season with a 40-7 loss to eventual champion Chiawana. In the summer of 2013, Tiuli was named to the Max Preps preseason All-State Team (all classifications) as a first team defensive lineman. As a junior in 2012, he was selected to the All- 4A SPSL South League as a second team defensive lineman. His Eagle teammates D’londo Tucker (’13) and Albert Havili (’13) also attended Federal Way, as well as former Eagles Andru Pulu (’09) and Jordan Pulu (’12).
Personal: Communication studies major. Born 1/14/96 in Seattle, Wash. Full name is Tay-Tee Nimo Tiuli. His parents are Junior and Tagitupe Tiuli. Last name is pronounced “tee-oo-lee.”