Michael Alisa Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Michael Alisa Athlete Profile

#42 Michael Alisa

Positions: Running Back, Linebacker Height: 6-1 Weight: 228 Class: Senior Roster Years: 2008 | 2011-2014 Hometown: Laie, HI Mission: San Juan West, Puerto Rico Last School: Timpview High School

National Honors

  • Named to the 2013 Doak Walker Award watch list
  • Named to the 2012 Doak Walker Award watch list
  • 2012 All-State AFCA Good Works Team nominee

Career Summary

Michael Alisa came to BYU after helping Timpview High School claim consecutive state championships in 2006 and 2007. He lettered four years and saw action in 47 games as a Cougar. Alisa recorded 46 total tackles and 33 solo tackles during his career after switching to defense his senior year. As a sophomore, Alisa was the second-leading rusher with 85 carries, 455 yards and three touchdowns. He was nominated for two national awards before back-to-back seasons with injuries. As a senior he was credited with four tackles, a forced fumble and an interception during the Cougars' victory over Texas. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details. 


  • Served in the Puerto Rico San Juan West Mission for the LDS Church
  • Majoring in pre-business management
  • Eagle Scout
  • Parents are Mataumu and Ann

Player Journal Entry: August 11, 2008

Newcomer Questionnaire: October 21, 2008

Before BYU

  • Earned Deseret Morning News 4A Second-Team All-State honors
  • Earned All-Utah Valley honors
  • Helped lead Timpview to a 13-0 record on the season to claim the Utah 4-A State Championships, including a 50-7 victory over Pine View in the championship game
  • A member of the 2006 Utah 4-A State Championship team
  • Credited with four interceptions and three sacks
  • Scored six touchdowns as a running back for the T-birds
  • Also played two years of high school at Kahuku High School in Hawai'i 
  • Recruited by Boise State, California, Oklahoma, UNLV, Utah and Washington State

2008 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a freshman
  • Saw action in 12 games as a linebacker and was also aspecial teams contributor
  • Totaled 11 tackles on the season, including nine solo takedowns
  • Recorded one tackle for loss against Arizona in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
  • Forced a fumble against SDSU
  • Recorded a blocked kick in the game against New Mexico

2011 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Saw action in 12 games, including 4 starts
  • Second leading rusher with 85 carries, 455 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • Also had 5 receptions for 55 yards and 1 touchdown
  • In first game used as a primary ball carrier rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries
  • Scored first career rushing touchdown at Oregon State
  • Had a 42-yard rushing touchdown vs. Idaho State
  • Season-high 99 rushing yards vs. Idaho
  • Also made 7 tackles on special teams

2012 | Junior Year

  • Nominated for the Doak Walker Award and All-State AFCA Good Works Team
  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Started the first five games before breaking arm vs. Hawai'i
  • Totaled 58 carries, 222 yards and one touchdown
  • Had six receptions for 23 yards
  • Recorded over 50 yards rushing in each of first three games
  • Returned to play in Poinsettia Bowl vs. San Diego State

2013 | Medical Redshirt Year

  • Named to the Doak Walker Award watch list
  • Played in four games, starting two, and tallied 99 yards and three touchdowns before an injury forced him to sit out the rest of the season
  • Scored a touchdown against Utah to go along with 12 rushing yards
  • Rushed for 55 yards and two scores vs Middle Tennessee

2014 | Senior Year

  • Played in 13 games, starting in two of them
  • Recorded four tackles to go along with a forced fumble and an interception, which he returned for 30 yards in the 41-7 victory at Texas
  • Recorded 28 tackles on the season, two tackles for loss and one sack
  • Earned letterman honors as a senior