As a sophomore, Fanaika moved into the starting lineup as a result of an injury to a teammate, and proceeded to start every game for the Sun Devils for the remainder of his career. Fanaika finished 2006 as an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. His consistency at right guard led then-coach Dirk Koetter to award him the Levi Jones Scholarship, given in honor of the former Sun Devils offensive tackle.
As a junior, Fanaika started all 13 games for Arizona State and again was named honorable mention All-Pac-10.
Fanaika returned in 2008 as the only senior on the Sun Devils' offensive line, and once again did not miss a start. All told, the former walk-on finished his collegiate career with 35 consecutive starts.
On Nov. 23, 2009, the Washington Redskins signed Fanaika off the Eagles practice squad.