WEBER STATE: ... First name is pronounced: VIE-n-ga-ma-lay. ... Played fullback last season, but was moved to running back at the beginning of 2010 Spring drills. ... Made a smooth transition. ... A powerful, bruising runner who has deceptive speed, quickness and agility for a 245-pounder. ... Did not attend college right after high school, but left instead to serve a two-year LDS Church mission to Australia. ... Older brother, David, was recruited by Coach McBride at Utah. ... Named to the 2009 Big Sky Conference football All-Academic Team with a 3.50 gpa in Philosophy
2009: ... Played in eight of WSU’s 12 games. ... Carried five times for 42 yards with a long run of 15 yards vs. Idaho State. ... Had a career high two carries for a career high 29 yards in that game as well. ... Caught four passes for 24 yards. ... Best game was two catches for 12 yards @Eastern Washington.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: ... Played his freshman year (2007) for Coach Dan Dunn and sophomore year for Coach Mike Jacobs. ... Team posted a 9-2 record, were ranked 8th in the final NJCAA poll and were the Valley of the Sun Bowl champions his freshman year.
HIGH SCHOOL: ... First Team All-Mesa East Valley Conference under Coach Bill McKane as a running back.
HIGH SCHOOL: ... Played under Coach Bill McKane at Mesa High where he earned First Team All-Mesa East Valley honors his senior season.
PERSONAL: ... FULL NAME: Fabian Vaingamalie Tafuna. ... BORN: November 1, 1984, he is the oldest player on the 2010 WSU roster. ... MAJOR: Sociology. ... Married, wife’s name is Carrisa. ... NOTES: ... His mother runs a Polynesian dance company and he knows many of the different island dances. ... Likes purple because it was his high school color and wedding color.