44 - Paul Ena
Paul Ena
Height: 6-2
Weight: 240
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Kenmore, Wash.
High School: Inglemoor HS '09
Position: DL
Experience: 3L

*** Honors Candidate ***

Career: Ena has started 24 games in his three seasons as an Eagle – second most on the team -- mostly at defensive end. He has not redshirted and has played in every EWU game in the past three years. He has seven fumble recoveries in his career to put him one away from the school record held by Nicholas Ramos (2006-09) and Steve Mattson (1994-97). He also has totals of 166 tackles (28 for losses totaling 82 yards), 7 1/2 sacks, one interception and three passes broken up in his 38-game career. He is just 34 tackles from the No. 30 position on Eastern’s all-time tackles leaders list.

2012: Listed as a starter at right defensive end on preseason depth chart. At the end of spring practices, he was one of three players receiving an “Iron Eagle” Award for achievements in the off-season in strength and conditioning and the classroom.

2011: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Ena was one of only five players to start all 11 games during EWU’s injury-ravaged season in 2011. He had fumble recoveries in back-to-back games against Northern Arizona (10/8/11) and Northern Colorado (10/15/11), giving him seven in his career and putting him one away from the school record. Ena had six tackles to lead the Eagles in EWU’s 48-27 win over UNC and was rewarded by earning honorable mention nationally by the College Football Performance Awards. Four of his tackles were for losses, including 1 1/2 sacks, as he also earned team defensive player of the week honors. His fumble recovery led to a touchdown that gave EWU a 48-20 lead. Ena closed the year with four tackles, a sack and one other tackle for loss in EWU’s 45-14 win over Idaho State (11/19/11). He also had a pass deflection that was intercepted by teammate Bobby Gentry and returned 15 yards for a touchdown. He had a season-high seven tackles versus Cal Poly (11/12/11).

2010: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the second time. For the season, Ena had 55 tackles with 8 1/2 for loss including 2 1/2 sacks. He also had five quarterback hurries, an interception and four fumble recoveries. After starting twice at middle linebacker in 2009, he made the first start of his career as a defensive end against Weber State (10/2/10). He had six tackles in that game and started every game after that. Two of his fumble recoveries came against Villanova (12/17/10) in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs. One of Eastern’s most versatile players, Ena made big plays early and often in EWU’s 50-17 victory over Portland State (10/30/10) to earn team defensive player of the week honors. On PSU’s first possession of the game, he had two quarterback hurries, then recovered a fumble on the ensuing third down play on one of six three-and-outs (plus a four-down turnover on downs) for the Eagles. Three of those three-and-outs came on PSU’s opening three possessions as Eastern jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and at one point, EWU had a 183-5 advantage in total offense. Later in the half, he had a 13-yard tackle for loss that led to a punt and a 65-yard scoring run by Taiwan Jones that gave EWU a 28-3 lead. Ena also combined with J.C. Sherritt for another tackle for loss on that possession, and finished with four tackles in the game, including 2 1/2 for loss. He had a season-high eight tackles against Northern Arizona (10/9/10) in the 21-14 victory and had the only interception of his career versus Central Washington (9/11/10). He helped the Eagle defense rank first nationally in interceptions (total of 26) and turnovers gained (47), and finish sixth nationally in red zone defense, as it allowed just 38 scores in 58 opponent trips inside the Eagle 20-yard line.

2009: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. He played in all 12 games in 2009 as a true freshman, first as a backup defensive end and then as a starter at middle linebacker in the final two games. Because of injuries at linebacker, he started EWU’s regular season finale against Northern Arizona (11/21/09) and finished with a team-high 16 tackles. He started again in the FCS Playoffs against Stephen F. Austin (11/28/09) and had 20 tackles to rank as the sixth-most in recorded school history. He finished the season fifth on the team with a total of 63 tackles, and was Eastern’s fourth player to be on EWU’s depth chart as a starter at middle linebacker in 2009. He earned team defensive player of the week honors for his performance against NAU, as well as in a 35-24 win over Montana State (10/24/09) when he finished with four tackles. He had sacks in his collegiate debut versus Western Oregon (9/5/09) and Idaho State (10/3/09).

HS: Graduated from Inglemoor HS in 2009. Selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. He was the KingCo 4A Crown Division Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team all-league selection as a linebacker. He finished his senior season with 162 total tackles (65 solo, 97 assisted) and two sacks. He also rushed 100 times for 348 yards and three touchdowns, and caught 11 passes for another 82 yards and a score. He helped Inglemoor to a 6-4 record after a 7-5 mark his junior season. He was a first team All-KingCo 4A selection at linebacker as a junior, and was also a standout on Inglemoor’s track team and competed in basketball. Inglemoor’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays both placed fourth at the State 4A Championships. Ena was a 3.8 student in high school. Eagle newcomer Todd Raynes (’11) also attended Inglemoor.

Personal: Health and fitness major. Born 7/24/91 in Seattle, Wash. His father, Tali Ena, was a standout running back at Washington State University (1976-79) and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks. Name is pronounced “eh-nuh.”

Year

GP

TT

Hi

S

TL-Yds

FF-FR

PBU

I-Yds

2009

12

63

20

2

6-14

0-1

2

0-0

2010

15

55

8

2.5

10-41

0-4

0

1-0

2011

11

48

7

3

12-27

0-2

1

0-0

Totals

38

166

20

7.5

28-82

0-7

3

1-0

 
 
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