Faumuina Takes & Doles Out Punishment

Teams are always looking for a running back that can move the chains. It's great if that player can be a breakaway threat, but if a back can wear a defense down and keep his own stop unit off the field, he's going to find a lot of playing time at the D-1 level.

San Mateo running back Ryan Faumuina is just such a back and he's a player to keep an eye on this fall.

"I'm not really a bruiser, but I can lower my shoulder if I need to," Faumuina told JCFootball.com recently.  "I'm more of a scatback that can make people miss and find the hole and then hit it."

As a senior at San Leandro High School, Faumuina (5-11, 210) rushed for 1,300 yards and 27 touchdowns and he followed that up by piling up 900 yards on 130 carries and scoring 11 touchdowns in his last season for San Mateo garnering second team all-conference honors. 

"I feel very comfortable in our system so that helped a lot," Faumuina said.  "I'm really looking forward to showing what I can do this season and see what kind of season I can have.  My line is really good and they had a lot to do with my success and we return almost everyone so you could say I'm excited."

On the recruiting front, Faumuina is hearing from Sacramento State, Utah, San Diego State, and Oregon right now and he said he is open to all comers.  "I don't have a favorite right now, I just want to see what I can do this fall and then see what happens."

Faumuina will graduate in May 2007 and expects to major in Business at whichever school he attends.  He will have three years to play two wherever he ends up playing. 



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