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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Isaac Tauaefa to play at Air Force

08:46 AM CST on Thursday, February 7, 2008
By Brad McDonnell / Staff Writer

CORINTH — Isaac Tauaefa knew the commitment involved with attending the Air Force Academy, yet the Lake Dallas defensive lineman was a bit beset Wednesday with his decision to sign to play football there.

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Lake Dallas defensive lineman Isaac Tauaefa is surrounded by his family, including father, Siolo, and mother, Chloe, as he signs with Air Force on Wednesday.

“I know that it’s a big commitment,” Tauaefa said, “but it’s a little bit overwhelming signing over this many years of my life to play this game and to get an education.”

Tauaefa said that he was excited and pleased with his decision to play for Air Force. The 6-1, 260-pound tackle is a three-time all-district selection and four-year varsity starter. He can attack as a pass rusher and stop the run.

The Air Force defense allowed 19.3 points per game last season en route to a 9-4 record overall and 6-2 record in the Mountain West Conference. The Falcons earned a trip to Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth but lost a close game to California.

Tauaefa said numerous reasons led to his decision to pick Air Force.

“All the benefits that are involved, and it has a great football program,” Tauaefa said about Air Force. “They have great coaches, and it’s an awesome facility.”

Division I schools showed interest in Tauaefa after his junior season. As the 2007 season began, Tauaefa didn’t see himself committing with Air Force in the spring.

“I didn’t imagine myself signing with them,” Tauaefa said. I thought maybe I’d go to Hawaii or TCU, or something like that.”

After making an official visit to the Colorado campus, Tauaefa said that it didn’t take long for him to decide on Air Force.

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