Senio Kelemete is an NFL Player for the New Orleans Saints.
Senio Kelemete told The Seattle Times he didn’t grow up dreaming of playing in the NFL, and he didn’t necessarily think of college — let alone college football — as a realistic goal. But he credits Evergreen coach Shaun Tarantola, as well as the family of a close friend and teammate (Corey Laufasa) with helping set him on the right track.
“They really saw potential in me and were telling me, ‘Hey, you could play at the next level if you just really push yourself academically and physically,’ ” Kelemete said.
Schools such as Arizona State and Oregon State took notice and offered scholarships, but he accepted an offer from the hometown team — the University of Washington Huskies — before his senior season at Evergreen.
As a senior, Senio led Evergreen to a 9-2 record and a trip to the state playoffs for the first time since 2001. He was honored as the Seamount League’s Lineman of the Year on both offense and defense, named All-America by Superprep, named to the 3A all-state first team by the Associated Press and to The Seattle Times’ All-State team.
Senio began his career with the Huskies as a defensive lineman before moving to the offensive line prior to his sophomore year. He started 26 games at left tackle, 11 games at right guard, and four games at defensive tackle.
At UW, Senio was a two-time team captain, twice named the team’s Lineman of the Year, and led the Huskies to the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
He was also named to the second-team All-Pac-12 and won the Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award at the Alamo Bowl. He was a member of the North Team at the 2012 Nike Senior Bowl, an all-star college football exhibition game featuring players from the 2011 college football season and prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Senio was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was one of three offensive lineman selected by the Cardinals and the highest UW offensive lineman selected since Joe Toledo in 2006. In his first NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers, Senio became the first offensive lineman in NFL history to make a reception in his debut when he caught a deflected pass and ran for 10 yards.
In 2013, Senio was signed to the New Orleans Saints.
- The Seattle Times – “For Senio Kelemete, Huskies career has been a dream” – December 24, 2011
- The Seattle PI – “Fresh hope for the Huskies’ future” – November 20, 2008