Naufahu Tahi Athlete Profile

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Naufahu Tahi
Position: Running Back Height: 6-0 Weight: 240 Roster Years: 1999 | 2002-2005 Hometown: West Valley City, UT Last School: Granger High School

Personal

Born in Fontana, Calif. ... parents are Manu and Sioseline Tahi ... parents are from Tonga ... family moved to Utah in 1995 ... one of four children ... served a Church mission in Jacksonville, Fla. ... married to the former SaLote Kinikini in April, 2003 ... recruited by Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Washington and Nebraska.

Before BYU

Named Prep Star All-American ... selected by USA Today as the Utah Player of the Year ... twice named all-state and was an all-league performer as a sophomore, junior and senior ... selected as the Granger High School Most Valuable Player ... registered over 5,700 yards rushing in four years at Granger and set the state high school record for rushing touchdowns ... regarded as one of the top five recruits in the state of Utah.

Stats

CAREER STATS
Year Gm Att Gain Loss Net Avg. TD Long
199911 102 471 26 445 4.4 2 28
2003 12 34 88 11 77 2.3 1 28
2004 11 93 366 27 339 3.6 5 18
TOTAL 23 136 559 37 522 3.8 3 28

1999 | Freshman Year

Earned letterman honors as a true freshman ... competed in all 11 regular-season games ... led the BYU roster with 445 yards rushing on a team-high 102 carries ... averaged 4.4 yards per carry ... recorded a career-high 116 yards rushing in the Cougars' overtime victory at Utah State ... credited with two touchdowns at New Mexico ... tallied a season-high run of 28 yards against Virginia.

2002 | Redshirt Year

Redshirted after returning from a Church mission.

2003 | Sophomore Year

Earned letterman honors as a sophomore ... saw action in all 12 of the Cougars' games during the season ... credited with 77 yards on 34 carries, averaging 2.3 yards per carry ... also posted 14 receptions for 144 yards, averaging 10.3 yards per reception ... credited with three touchdowns on the season, including one rushing TD ... tallied a season high seven carries for 23 yards in the Cougars' 27-20 overtime victory at UNLV ... had six carries for six yards, as well as a season-high four receptions for nine yards in the Cougars' season opening victory against Georgia Tech--his first contest in over three years ... participated in spring drills after returning from a Church mission ... named Offensive Back of the game for Stanford, SDSU and Notre Dame ... averaged 5.4 yards per carry during spring drills.

2004 | Junior Year

Earned letterman honors ... saw action in all 11 games during the season ... started at running back in five of the Cougars' 11 games ... credited with 93 carries for 339 yards ... averaged 3.6 yards per carry ... scored a career-high five touchdowns on the season ... averaged 30.8 yards per game ... had 16 receptions for 139 yards on the season and one touchdown ... had a season-high 16 carries for 98 yards in the Cougars' 31-21 win over Colorado State ... participated in spring drills ... had eight carries for 15 yards in the annual Blue-White game ... will enter fall camp as the top returning rusher for the Cougars ... will compete for the starting job at running back during fall camp.

2005 | Senior Year

Earned letterman honors ... played in 11 games during the season ... started in six games, including the Las Vegas Bowl ... credited with 97 carries for 497 yards and a career-best six touchdowns ... averaged 5.1 yards per carry ... averaged 45.2 rushing yards per game ...had 41 receptions for 375 yards and two touchdowns ... averaged 9.1 yards per reception ... ran 14 times for a season-high 86 yards against Colorado State ... caught eight passes for a season-high 80 yards against San Diego State ... ran for 59 yards and had 67 receiving yards in BYU's win over Air Force ... had 63 rushing yards and 73 receiving yards against Notre Dame ... participated in spring drills ... carried the ball 10 times for 27 yards in the annual Blue-White game.