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Erick Faatagi
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Erick Faatagi 54954
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 335
Year: Junior
City/State: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Dorsey/El Camino College
Experience: Junior College


AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)—He was set to enter the fall tied atop the depth chart at right offensive guard, but was declared academically ineligible prior to the start of camp.  He had regained his eligibility in the spring.


2007 (Sr.-RS)—He missed the entire year after being declared academically ineligible just prior to the season opener.  He did return to be 100 percent following knee surgery the previous summer after it was determined he would redshirt.  He participated in spring drills on a limited basis, though was doing a bit more toward the end of the session.  He has shed some 30 pounds since he arrived at Colorado.


2006 (Jr.)—Redshirted; did not see any action as he had knee surgery soon after his arrival and the determination that he would redshirt.  He enrolled at Colorado for summer classes with three years to play two in eligibility. 


EL CAMINO JUNIOR COLLEGE (2004, 2005/Fr., Soph.)—He played two seasons at El Camino (Torrance, Calif.), earning honorable mention All-American honors as a sophomore at offensive guard.  In half (six) of his team’s games, he graded out better than 86 percent by the coaches in film review.  He made 40 pancake blocks on the year and allowed only one sack.  As a freshman, he did not start and played sparingly.  His top two games came as a sophomore: versus Riverside, he allowed zero quarterback sacks and graded out to 93 percent, as his team averaged 6.5 yards per rush in a 56-20 win.  Against Santa Ana, he allowed no sacks and graded out to 92 percent, as his team surpassed both 200 yards rushing and passing in the victory. Under coach Jon Featherstone, El Camino went 11-1 his sophomore year and 8-3 his freshman season.   He did not sign with a college out of high school and enrolled in junior college.


HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he was named first-team All-Southern Region, all-city and all-district, along with being named Dorsey’s most valuable player; that followed up a junior year when he earned first-team all-city honors on offense and second-team all-city honors on defense.  As a senior, he recorded 59 pancake blocks on the year without allowing any sacks (playing offensive guard).  He blocked for two separate running backs who rushed for over 1,000 yards each, and his team rushed for a gaudy 10 yards per rush.  He appeared in three games at defensive tackle, registering five tackles and one sack.  As a junior, he allowed three sacks on the year and made 17 pancake blocks, while on defense (tackle), he made 27 tackles, including four quarterback sacks.  One of his top games as a prep came in the Los Angeles City Championship final his senior year; he had eight pancake blocks and did not allow a sack in paving the way for the offense to average 6.5 yards per carry on the ground in a 19-18 loss.  Under coach Paul Knox, Dorsey was 12-1 his senior year, losing to eventual champion Carson in the semifinals, and was 8-3 his freshman season, dropping a second round game to Taft.  He also lettered three times in track (throws), with a personal best of 55-0 in the shot put.


ACADEMICS—He was majoring in Ethnic Studies at Colorado before being declared academically ineligible.  In high school, he owned a 2.8 grade point average and was enrolled in the Magnet Program, which offered college prep honors courses. 


PERSONAL—Born October 27, 1986 in Los Angeles.  His hobbies include spending time with his family and drawing, which helped spark his interest in graphic design.  He has designed several logos for his prep alma mater, Dorsey High School, and is currently designing a logo for El Camino.  His friends have benefited from his talent as well, as he has designed several of their tattoos.  (Last name is pronounced fuh-tah-gee.)


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