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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Colorado States Nu'uvali Fa'apito and George Maumau
Hometown: La Quinta, Calif.
High School: La Quinta
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 205
High School: An all-CIF Southern Section and all-Desert Sun linebacker as a senior at La Quinta High School, about 40 miles southeast of Palm Springs, Calif., lettered three years for the Blackhawks ...Played fullback and linebacker as a senior captain in 2010, finishing with 116 tackles, nearly 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage, and six sacks...Also forced two fumbles and recovered another, playing in every game for a 10-3 team that advanced to the CIF state semifinals...As a fullback, had four carries for 36 yards and one touchdown, and caught five passes for 68 yards and another TD...Voted Most Valuable Linebacker by his coaches and teammates...As a junior in 2009, helped the Blackhawks to an 8-4 record and a berth in the second round of the playoffs, playing defensive end and fullback...Also earned recognition on the prestigious National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Team of Riverside County, for his athletic, academic and community-service achievements...Head football coach was Dan Armstrong...Also played rugby at LQHS, as a club athlete in 2009-10 before helping to inaugurate the program as a varsity sport in 2010-11...Owns a 3.0 GPA...Has 4.71-second speed in the 40-yard dash and bench presses 300 pounds...Also recruited by San Diego State, Boise State, Nevada and San Jose State. Personal: Given name Nu'uvali Daniel Fa'apito Jr. ...Name is pronounced new-OO-vall-ee fah-ah-PEE-toh...Born Dec. 26, 1992, in Long Beach, Calif. ...Son of Nu'uvali Fa'apito Sr. and Christy Vandever...Has two younger brothers and one younger sister...First name translates to painted village in Samoan...Both his dad and two uncles, Pete and Fafi, played football at Cerritos Junior College...Undecided on a major at Colorado State...Enjoys working out twice a day during his spare time...Hometown: La Quinta, Calif.
Hometown: Denver, Colo.
High School: Valor Christian
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 230
High School: A true fullback expected to fit well in CSU's NFL-style offense, served as a key component in helping Valor Christian, one of Colorado's most dominant programs, to consecutive state championships in 2009 and '10...Played just one full season in south suburban Denver at VCHS, after overcoming a broken leg his senior year and state rules that forced him to sit out his sophomore campaign after transferring from Regis Jesuit High School, his home as a freshman...Was a first-team all-conference defensive lineman as a junior in 2009, before playing mostly on offense as a senior...A solid yet unsung lead blocker, helped pave the road for an offense that totaled 3,361 yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground, and averaged 7.1 yards per carry in 2010, the program's first in Class 4A...Sustained a broken fibula in Valor Christian's 2010 opener, and missed the ensuing four games, before returning for the balance of the regular season and run to the Colorado state title...Without him in their backfield, the Eagles (11-3) were just 3-3, losing three of their first four, then went 8-0 after his return...An excellent short-yardage ball-carrier, had 212 yards on 43 totes (4.9 avg.), with six TDs in 2010... Broke open a close Broomfield game to help propel VCHS into the state championship contest, scoring back-to-back touchdowns, a 3-yard run and an 8-yard reception, his only catch of the 2010 season...Also scored the first points of that state title game, against Wheat Ridge at Invesco Field in Denver, with a 4-yard run to snap a scoreless tie in the second quarter...As a junior in 2009, started on both sides of the line and scored nine touchdowns, seven on the ground, one on a reception and one on defense...In his first year at VCHS (14-0), the Class 3A state champion, started the entire year at fullback and defensive line, where he garnered first-team all-Metro Conference honors...Had five sacks - second on a defense that exasperated the state in 2009 -- and 45 tackles (20 solo)...Also flashed his speed as a junior, scoring on a 73-yard touchdown run, one of his 86 carries for 442 yards and seven scores...Caught two passes for 12 yards in 2009, with one TD...Head football coach was Brent Vieselmeyer...Also lettered in track for the Eagles, throwing the shot and discus...A competitive weightlifter with exceptional strength, received first-team All-America honors in the sport from the National Collegiate Scouting Association...Top bench press as a prep was 330 pounds...Did not receive recruiting interest from other schools, primarily because true fullbacks generally don't see serious attention until late in their senior years, and also because of his broken leg. Personal: Full name is George Talanoa Maumau...Born Aug. 7, 1993, in Honolulu, Hawaii...Has taken the surname of his uncle and aunt, the legal guardians that raised him, Vili and Michele Maumau...Has two younger brothers and one younger sister...Uncle and guardian, Vili Maumau, played defensive tackle at Colorado in the mid-1990s, was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 1998 NFL Draft, and spent two years in the NFL...Another uncle, Chris Maumalanga, played defensive tackle at Kansas, was drafted in the fourth round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and played for several teams...Cousin, Sam Tai, is a defensive end at UCLA...Another cousin, Mario Fatafehi, was the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and a first-team all-conference defensive tackle at Kansas State, played in the NFL with the Cardinals, Panthers and Broncos, and finished his career in the CFL...Plans to major in sociology at Colorado State, with an eye on a career in law enforcement...Hometown: Denver, Colo.