Fauria (pronounced Fore-EE-AA) saw action in three games as a true freshman but recorded no catches and elected to transfer to UCLA to play under Rick Neuheisel just as his uncle had when he played his collegiate ball at Colorado. After sitting out the 2009 season due to the NCAA's transfer policy, Fauria struggled to make an impact for the Bruins in 2010 catching just three passes for a total of 21 yards. Two of his catches did go for scores, however, leading to high hopes that Fauria would breakout in 2011.
The big, athletic pass-catcher did exactly that a season ago. Despite inconsistency at the quarterback position, Fauria emerged as a standout for the Bruins, hauling in 39 passes for 481 yards and six scores.
While new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has traditionally featured receivers more than tight ends as part of his high-octane passing attack, Fauria offers a combination of size and athleticism that is rare and worthy of exploiting. He remains raw as a blocker, often electing to cut defenders rather than take them on with physicality one might expect given his size.