UTEP Improves To 2-1 On The Year
UTEP (1-0) christens the home portion of its 2014 schedule versus Big 12 power Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. MT.
2014 (SOPHOMORE): Made starts in all 13 games at the fullback position ... tallied 41 yards rushing, 16 yards receiving on five catches, and two touchdowns (one rush, one receiving) ... scored a two-yard touchdown reception, while rushing for another on a one-yard push during a win over rival NM State ... came up with a season-high 15 yards on three carries (5.0 average) at WKU ... played major role, helping rushing attack average 212.7 yards per game, while totaling 27 rushing scores ... led team to New Mexico Bowl, its first since 2010.
2013 (FRESHMAN): Started seven games as a true freshman at the fullback position ... missed last five contests due to injury ... rushed 26 times for 137 yards (5.3 average) and two touchdowns ... caught eight passes for 29 yards and a score ... tallied six tackles (4s/2a) with the kickoff coverage unit ... rushed nine times for 74 yards (8.2 average) and two touchdowns, all in the second half, during a victory at rival NM State ... first score versus NM State went for 17 yards, while second TD was a season-long 45-yard dash ... caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown at Colorado State ... ran three times for 20 yards (6.7 average) against Tulsa.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Rated a three-star recruit and the no. 9 player in the state of Washington by ESPN/Scouts Inc ... ranked the no. 15 fullback in the nation by Scout.com ... played at Juanita High School (Kirkland, Wash.) as a freshman, sophomore and junior prior to transferring to Bothell High School for his senior season ... blocked for a 2,000-yard rusher (Danny Wilson) while compiling 700 rushing yards and six touchdowns at Bothell ... garnered first-team All-League honors as a running back and linebacker his senior year ... helped Bothell High to a 6-5 record ... team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... selected to play in the East/West All-State Game ... second team All-League running back as a junior when he rushed for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards per carry ... played inside linebacker as a sophomore, recording 45 tackles for a 10-2 team that finished runner-up in the conference and advanced to the state playoffs ... three-year varsity letterman for coaches Shaun Tarantola (Juanita HS) and Tom Bainter (Bothell HS) ... also was a member of his high school wrestling and rugby teams as a sophomore and senior, respectively.
PERSONAL: Full name is Darrin Leslie Laufasa ... son of John and Maria Laufasa ... brother Corey is a member of the UTEP strength and conditioning staff ...Corey graduated from Washington State and played linebacker for the Cougars ... another older brother, Jeremiah, transferred to UTEP from WSU ... has one sister ... born in American Samoa ... kinesiology major.