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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

John Faletoese Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year

UC Davis defensive tackle John Faletoese was named the Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Faletoese, a 6-foot-3, 292-pound senior from nearby Carmichael, was also voted by the league's head coaches as the preseason defensive player of the year during the summer and is a candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the top defensive player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

He finished the season with 32 tackles, including 21 solo, while posting 5.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for losses. Faletoese, who also blocked four kicks, finished his career with 15.5 sacks and 36.5 TFL's. He was the focal point of offenses throughout the season, often garnering double- and triple-teams, according to head coach Bob Biggs.

Also selected to the Second Team were Southern Utah's Aaron Po'uha and Robert Takeno. Takeno, a second-team selection last year, led the Thunderbirds in tackles for the second straight year, tallying 94 stops with 6.5 for losses this season. He was also in on a sack, broke up two passes and forced a fumble.

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