Joshua Mauga laid as a true freshman in 2005 starting nine of twelve games at the weak side for Nevada. He recorded 32 tackles with six for loss, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and two sacks. In 2006, Mauga moved to the inside and made 56 tackles, 2.5 for losses, forced two fumbles and made three interceptions while starting all of the team's twelve games. He was voted team co-captain prior to the 2007 campaign. He started the first seven games and recorded 71 tackles, three for losses and one sack before his season was cut short due to a torn left MCL. Mauga is an impressive athlete. He is very fast (4.60), agile and strong. Moves well to all sides of the field. Pursues with the best of them. Sheds wouldbe blockers well. Is slow to react to pass plays and bites too much on play fakes. Tends to take plays off. At this time he does not seem to be interested in the game. Needs more dedication and better coaching. Technique is also lacking. Mauga has supreme athletic talent, he is a very rare player. The only real concern about him is his dedication to the game. If he re-focuses this season, he should move up in the Draft. He could go as high as the bottom of the first round.