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#13 Sefo Liufau
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 230
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High School: Bellarmine Prep
Experience: 1 Letter
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Liufau Videos

AT COLORADO: This Season (Fr.-RS) - Selected by his teammates as one of six team captains for the season; along with Addison Gillam, they are the first two permanent captains elected as sophomores in CU history.  He participated in the prestigious Manning Passing Academy in the summer (second week in July), and is one of 34 players on the initial watch list for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.  He has bulked up some 20 pounds from his playing weight as a freshman, and won the Iron Buffalo Award for the quarterbacks for his spring work in the weight room.  He is already 20th all-time at CU in career passing yards (1,779) and is tied for 16th in touchdown passes (12).

2013 (Fr.) - He earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from collegefootballnews.com and won the team’s Lee Willard Award, presented to the most outstanding freshman.  Only the 10th freshman (six true, four redshirt) to ever start a game at quarterback at Colorado, he became just the third freshman to lead the Buffaloes in single-season passing, joining Craig Ochs (2000, also a true frosh) and Cody Hawkins (2007, a redshirt freshman).  He played in eight games, starting seven; he did not play in the first four games of the year, but appeared for the first time at Arizona State.  He then made his first start in a 43-10 win against Charleston Southern in the sixth game of the season (going 14-of-20 for 198 yards with a TD and no interceptions); those were the fourth-most yards in a CU frosh debut.  His best game of the year came in a 41-24 win over Cal, when he completed 23-of-36 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns (one pick); that tied for the 16th most passing yards for a single-game in CU annals, but the second-most by a freshman (behind only 418 by Koy Detmer vs. Oklahoma in 1992).  He was the Las Vegas Bowl’s player of the week for his effort against the Bears.  He also set true freshman records in five single-season categories: efficiency (128.3), attempts (251), completions (149), passing yards (1,779) and touchdowns (12), also tying the single-game mark the most TD passes by a frosh with the three versus Cal.  He had 40 rushes for 43 yards by NCAA calculation, but minus sacks, he really rushed 30 times for 118 yards; he also caught a pass for 32 yards, the latter from Nelson Spruce in the season finale at Utah.  He accounted for 91 first downs earned overall, and put the Buffs in position to score 36 of 91 drives (39.6 percent).   He threw for over 200 yards four times, and completed at least 50 percent of his passes in all eight games he appeared.

HIGH SCHOOL - He earned PrepStar All-West Region honors at quarterback as a senior, when the Seattle Times tabbed him as one of 16 “Red Chips” in the state of Washington (the top honor in the paper’s Seattle 100) and he was selected as one of 12 quarterbacks on the prestigious Tacoma News-Tribune’s Western 100.  He was also selected as an honorable mention “Northwest Nugget” by the News-Tribune, its Top 20 in the Pacific Northwest (seven made the first-team) and was the paper’s Area Player of the Year (he also was the 4A Narrows League player of the year).  ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 19 quarterback in the nation while Rivals.com ranked him No. 27 and SuperPrep tabbed him preseason All-Far West and ranked him as the No. 6 overall player in Washington (the No. 2 quarterback).  Scout.com named him to its West 150 team, the No. 126 player overall and the 11th-ranked quarterback.  In his career, he started at quarterback his sophomore through senior years and led Bellarmine to a 34-5 record, completing 522-of-838 passes for 7,297 yards and 68 touchdowns (with only 20 interceptions); that worked to a 62.3 completion percentage, as he completed over 50 percent of his passes in 33 of 39 games.  He had three 300-yard games, 12 200-yard games and 36 100-yard games in throwing at least two touchdown passes 21 times ( he threw three or more 10 times and four or more on four occasions).  He also rushed for 606 career yards and 18 touchdowns, and in his prep career, accounted for 87 tackles overall.  As a senior, he directed about as balanced an offense as possible, one that averaged 181.6 yards rushing and 182.1 yards passing.  He completed 193-of-280 passes for 2,518 yards (24 TD/5 INT), while rushing 78 times for 291 yards and eight touchdowns; he also handled some spot kicking duties, punting nine times for a 35.4 average (57 long, three inside-the-20) and kicked off four times, three for touchbacks.  As a junior, he was 137-of-228 for 2,253 yards (long of 88, 23 TD/6 INT), with 66 rushes for 249 yards and eight scores.  As a sophomore, he was 192-of-330 for 2,526 yards (21 TD/9 INT), with 66 yards rushing and two touchdowns.  Top games as a senior: despite losing in the state title game to Skyline, 49-24, he threw for a prep career high 373 yards on 33-of-45 passing (3 TD/2 INT); in a 31-12 win over South Kitsap, he was 18-of-25 for 309 yards and four touchdowns; and in a 42-38 loss to Lakes, he was 27-of-38 for 327 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions).  Top games as a junior: in a 63-0 win over Stadium, he was 11-of-15 for 274 yards and five TDs; in a 37-19 win over Graham-Kapowsin, he completed 13-of-19 passes for 298 yard and three scores (rushing for 27 yards and a fourth TD).  Top games as a sophomore: in a 35-21 win over Shelton, he completed 21-of-30 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns, with two rushes for 25 yards; he was 17-of-22 for 277 yards and a score in a 26-0 win over Stadium; and in a 28-21 comeback win over Bothell in the state quarterfinals, he threw for 202 yards and four touchdowns, as he helped rally the Lions to the win after they fell behind 21-0.  Under Coach Tom Larsen, Bellarmine Prep was 12-2 his senior year, reaching the state title game, 11-1 his junior season (losing in the quarterfinals) and 11-2 his sophomore campaign (reaching the semifinals).  Bellarmine was the 4A Narrows League champions for 2011 and 2012 and was the runner-ups his sophomore year.  He lettered four times in basketball (power forward/center), starting all four years in being named first-team All-Narrows League as a junior and senior.  He had a big junior year, as he averaged 12.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in earning first-team All-League honors and was his team’s MVP in leading the Lions to a 24-5 mark and the Narrows League title.  His top game came in a 66-50 win over Mount Rainier in the state quarterfinals, when he had 20 points (on 9-of-12 shooting), 22 rebounds and seven assists; that game followed a 25-point, 12-rebound effort (also shooting 9-of-12) in a 75-54 win over Snohomish (he was named to the state’s All-Tournament team).  He earned All-Narrows (4A) League honors as a senior, averaging 10.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

ACADEMICS - He is interested in majoring in Business at Colorado.  At CU’s 2014 academic recognition breakfast, he received the Buffalo Leadership and Initiative Award for the entire freshman class (all sports); those are presented to those who have exhibited outstanding initiative and demonstrate a strong commitment to service to the CU and Boulder communities.  He owned a grade point average of 3.6 in high school and has been on the Honor Roll throughout; he also received his school’s Scholar-Athlete Award. 

PERSONAL - He was born October 29, 1994 in Fort Lewis-Madigan, outside of Tacoma, Wash.  An avid soccer fan, his hobbies include playing board games with friends and family.  Father (Joe) was born in American Samoa and was stationed in Colorado Springs from 1986-89 while in the U.S. Army and became a fan of the Buffaloes.  Three uncles played college football, with two going on to play pro ball: Sale Liufau (defensive tackle at Iowa Wesleyan), Sale Isaia (offensive lineman at UCLA and with the New England Patriots) and Jack Thompson (also known as the “Throwin’ Samoan,” a quarterback at Washington State and in the NFL with Cincinnati (which selected him third overall in the 1979 draft) and Tampa Bay.  He is active in community service, volunteering at the Nativity House with his teammates and being an Acolyte (altar server) with his younger cousins.     (Name is pronounced seff-oh loo-fow)

PASSING
Season
G
Att
Com
Int
Pct
Yds
TD
Long
2013
8
251
149
8
59.4
1,779
12
75t
RUSHING RUSHING
Season
G
Att
Yds
Avg.
TD
Long
   
2013
8
40
43
1.1
0
11
   
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS - Receiving: 1-32, 32.0 avg., 0 TD (2013).  NCAA Rating: 128.3 (career), 128.3 (2013). Sacked/Yards Lost: 10/75 (2013).
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