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Vai Taua
Nevada Wolf PackNo. 34
Running back Junior
Major: Undecided
Date of birth: October 10, 1988 (1988-10-10) (age 21)
Place of birth: Lompoc, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career history
High school: Cabrillo H.S., Lompoc, CA
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Vailala "Vai" Lima Taua (pronounced /ˈvaɪ ˈtaʊ.ə/) is an American college football player. He is a running back for the Nevada Wolf Pack, which represents the University of Nevada.

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Early years

Taua was born in Fountain Valley, CA to Faletui and Taua Taua. He attended Cabrillo High School where he played football and ran track. He lettered in football all four years, and for two years in track & field. In his senior year, he ran for 1,709 yards and 27 touchdowns. Taua was the Los Padres League's rushing leader for which he was named Most Valuable Player. He also earned all-conference and All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) honors.[1]

College career

Taua sat out the 2006 as a redshirt and in 2007 saw action in eight games with 19 carries for 112 yards (including one touchdown).[1]

In 2008, Taua began the year as a reserve but became a starter after senior running back and 2007 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rushing leader Luke Lippincott suffered a season-ending injury in the second game.[1][2] Playing in all 13 games that season, he rushed for 1,521 yards on 236 carries (including 15 touchdowns) and also made 29 receptions for 226 yards (including two touchdowns). Against Fresno State, Taua ran for his season high of 263 yards on 28 carries, for which he was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week. In that game, he broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. With Taua and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 2008 became the first season in Nevada school history that the team had two 1,000 yard rushers.[2] Taua was named to the All-WAC first-team and the Sporting News named him the WAC's Most Valuable Offensive Player.[1][2][3]

On 19 December 2009, it was announced that Taua is now academically ineligible and will sit out at least the team's Hawai'i Bowl game on Christmas Eve, ending his season and possibly his playing career at Nevada. His future with the Wolfpack team has seemingly been put into doubt, with Head Coach Chris Ault's statement that he would 'evaluate (Taua's) future with the team after the bowl game.'[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Vai Taua Bio, University of Nevada Athletics official website, retrieved 2 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b c 2008 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl Media Guide, Nevada Wolf Pack, University of Nevada Athletic Media Services Office, retrieved 2 January 2009.
  3. ^ Vai Taua Stats, ESPN, retrieved 2 January 2009.
  4. ^ http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/12/19/wolf-packs-leading-rusher-ruled-ineligible/

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