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John Faletoese

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 285 | College: UC Davis
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After redshirting in 2004, Faletoese became a dominant performer, earning first-team All-Great West Conference accolades each season of his career, except for an injury-shortened 2007 campaign. Despite operating against constant double- and even triple-team blocking as a senior, Faletoese earned AP FCS All-American honors in 2008 and proved to be standout during the East-West Shrine Game practices when given an opportunity against better competition. Blessed with quickness, surprising strength and a penchant for the big play (including nine blocked kicks), Faletoese could be the small-school defensive tackle that makes it at the next level.


Positives: Good initial quickness. … Can be a disruptive force inside because he gets a good jump on the ball and can blow up plays as they begin. … Quick hands to disengage from blockers and has the lateral quickness and flexibility to get small and close on the ballcarrier. … Good effort and straight-line speed in pursuit. … Good balance to scramble down the line and make plays on the edge. … Times his leaps well and is an accomplished kick blocker. … Helped himself with a solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game.

Negatives: Questionable level of competition. … Lacks the bulk at the point of attack teams prefer. … Marginal lower-body strength to hold up at the point of attack, especially against the double-team. … Struggles if blockers are able to get to his chest. … Can be blown off the ball. … Makes too many of his plays in pursuit yards downfield.

2007 Season

Missed time with ankle sprain.

2006 Season

All-Great West Conference First Team for second straight year … Won team's T. Palmer Moody Award as outstanding sophomore … One of three players to have won both Moody Award and Mike Wise Award for outstanding freshman … Started all 11 games at left defensive tackle … Had 35 tackles (16 solos, 19 assist), including a team-leading 9.5 tackles for losses of 51 yards … Finished in a five-way tie for 4th among GWFC's TFL leaders (0.86 per game) … Had at least a share of a TFL in eight games, including 2.0 for 8 yards vs. Southern Utah … Also totalled 3.0 sacks for 33 yards … Blocked two kicks, bringing career total to 4 … Posted season-best 7 tackles (4-3-7) at Cal Poly … Twice selected as team's Defensive Player of the Week … Won first nod after TCU game (5 tackles plus blocked PAT) … Added second award after Southern Utah (4 tackles, 2 TFLs including 7-yard sack) … Blocked Shawn Bibeau's 33-yard FG attempt in North Dakota State game … Scored 13-yard sacks vs. Cal Poly and San Diego.

2005 Season

All-Great West Conference First Team … Earned team's Mike Wise Award as outstanding freshman of the year … Played in all 11 games, earning starting nod for final 5 contests … Recorded 30 total tackles (15 solos, 15 assists) … Shared team lead (with James Amos) and tied for 5th in GWFC with 1.0 tackles for loss per game … Had 11.0 TFLs for 50 yards, including 4.0 sacks for 33 yards … Also swatted 3 passes and recovered a fumble … Made most of first Aggie start, posting season-best 6 tackles (5 solos, 1 assist) and 2.0 TFLs vs. North Dakota State … Followed that with a pair of solo sacks (for 14 yards) against Cal Poly's Matt Brennan, and added a fumble recovery vs. Mustangs … Victimized Sacramento State QB Chris Hurd for two solo sacks (for 19 yards), the first of his career … Blocked two field goal attempts during the season … Denied Stanford's Michael Sgroi of a 47-yarder in the 3rd quarter of that historic upset, then stopped Southern Utah's Brandon Perkins try of 43 yards … The block of Perkins resulted in a 54-yard return by teammate Joshua Edwards.

2004 Season

Redshirted … Named Scout Defense Player of the Week after North Dakota State game.

High School

Three-year starter … Named Delta League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior … Also named to Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team and All-Northern California second team … Claimed All-Delta League and All-Metro second-team honors as a junior.


Born in Carmichael, Calif … . Majoring in psychology … Parents are John Faletoese and Marie Leatherby Freeman … If not for football, would like to play rugby at UC Davis … Career highlight was scoring a safety to clinch the championship while at Jesuit HS.


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