2008: A fundamentally sound fullback ... helped clear the way for 1,500-yard rushers in 2007 and '08 ... opened the season with a 5-yard receiving touchdown (the first of his career) against Michigan State with 5:45 left to give Cal a 10-point lead ... had 26 yards on four carries (third straight year with no negative yards rushing), including a career-long 21-yard scamper at USC ... compiled 27 yards receiving on seven catches, as well ... recipient of Cal's Joe Roth Award (for courage, attitude and sportsmanship) ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors.
2007: A bruising fullback that compiled 52 yards on the ground in 11 games (four starts) ... did not have any carries for negative yardage ... had a career-long 14-yard gain vs. Tennessee ... had two carries for 18 yards against Arizona ... added 11 yards against Louisiana Tech and eight yards against USC ... also had four catches for 48 yards, including a 17-yard reception against Louisiana Tech ... missed two full games and parts of others due to injury.
2006: Saw time as a fullback and on special teams in all 13 games ... made his starting debut in the Holiday Bowl victory over Texas A&M, catching one pass for nine yards and providing effective blocking ... rushed once for two yards against Oregon State ... caught his first career pass against Portland State for a nine-yard gain.
2005: Saw action in 11 games, primarily on special teams ... was credited with five tackles, including three solo stops.
2004: Redshirt ... earned Cal's freshman strength award.
High School: Played linebacker and fullback ... the 2003 West Catholic Athletic League Football Player of the Year ... named to the San Francisco Chronicle's first-team all-defense team as a junior and senior ... played rugby for the Silicon Valley Club.
Personal: Parents are Lopeti and Deanie Ta'ufo'ou ... born June 19, 1986, in Redwood City, Calif. ... last name pronounced tau-FOE-oh ... sociology major.