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Get to Know a Rookie: Xavier Su'a-Filo

A few rookies have gotten quite a bit of discussion here before this series, the first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and the quarterback chief among them.

Before we get into organized team activities and the return of the veterans, we're taking a look at a few rookies' backstories.

They haven't been encouraged to talk about themselves lately, but that's no reason we shouldn't get to know them a little better.

Name: Xavier Su'a-Filo

Position: guard

College: UCLA

Acquired: 33rd overall selection

Football background: Started as a true freshman in 2009, then took a two-year break to serve a religious mission. When he returned, Su'a-Filo played some left tackle and some left guard and was better as a left guard as one stable piece on a very unstable and injury-riddled offensive line. Consequently, the 6-foot-4, 307 pounder was named UCLA's offensive MVP. Su'a-Filo started every game he dressed for in college.

Did you know? Su'a-Filo is familiar with Houston because his father served his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the area.

"My dad served his mission in Houston and he spent time in Vidor," Su'a-Filo said. "There are a lot of members of our church from Vidor and I got to meet him and his family."

Su'a-Filo's religion is important to his family and to him. When he left UCLA to go on his mission, he was the best lineman there and a rare true freshman starter.

"It was kind of a tough decision, considering what I had done my freshman year, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s what I wanted to do," Su'a-Filo said. "I went and I don’t regret going; it helped me. It’s something that had been a goal of mine. I knew that it could only help me become a better football player and it has."

As for exploring the city, when his days here aren't filled with morning-to-night football preparations, his priorities are sound.

"I can’t wait to eat at Pappadeaux. But yes I’ve been to Houston before. I’ve been to Vidor, Texas right up near Houston, I’ve been to the Fifth Ward and we came down to play Rice, and so it was neat. The whole state of Texas is pretty sweet but I’m looking forward to eating at Pappadeaux and Whataburger."