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Filani joined the Mean Green after spending one season with Washington State and two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant at Boise State. He was part of the Cougar offense that led the nation in passing offense in 2015.
Filani played his collegiate career as a wide receiver under Leach at Texas Tech from 2003-06, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors in both 2005 and 2006. He caught 65 passes for 1,007 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, and had 91 receptions for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.
He was selected in the sixth round by the Tennessee Titans in the 2007 National Football League Draft, and was also a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2007-09. Filani also played for the Chicago Rush of the Arena League in 2011.
Filani, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Texas Tech in 2006 and his master's degree in educational leadership from Boise State in 2014. Filani and his wife Shayla have one son, Caleb.