Drafted: Pick 4 of the 7th round by Jacksonville
Positives: Hard worker and an outstanding leader both on and off the field... Consistently productive as a third down receiver, displaying soft hands and classic arm extension going for the ball in traffic...Tough inside runner who finds a way to move the pile to get the yardage up the middle...Shows a second gear needed to break free past the line of scrimmage..Has good flexibility adjusting to get to the pass...Plays with good balance and shows good body control after initial contact...Sees the holes develop and can gain the tough yardage when the lanes are clogged by using his leg drive...Has a good burst to the outside and the ability to work back for the ball.
Negatives: Lacks ideal height...While he has the speed (4.4), he does not display explosive acceleration...More effective when used as a third-down back for the passing game...Has had a long history of injury problems, raising concerns about his durability...Willing blocker, but his hits pack little power and he frequently lunges at the ankles of defenders, making him of little use vs. the blitz...Despite his superb quickness, he does not have those sudden moves to burst around the corner and shows only adequate ability to spot the secondary holes when his main lane is clogged.
Granted a sixth-year of eligibility, he overcame a history of injury problems to serve as a clutch third-down receiver for the Trojans as a senior...Gained 939 yards on 216 carries (4.3 avg) with eight touchdowns, caught 76 passes for 676 yards (8.9 avg), including seven scores and returned five kickoffs for 98 yards (19.6 avg) during his career.
All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention...Recipient of the team's Courage Award...Started the first three games at tailback and the final seven contests at fullback...Gained 174 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 47 carries (3.7 avg)...Fourth on the team with 39 receptions for 365 yards (9.4 avg)...His seven scoring catches were the most ever by a Trojan running back.
Preseason...Sat out spring drills after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery to remove debris.
Auburn...Rushed 10 times for 33 yards and made 6 catches for 117 yards in the season opener.
Colorado...Picked up 35 yards on 10 tries with a 14-yard score and also had a 32-yard touchdown grab.
Washington State...Snatched 4 passes for 53 yards and a 15-yard touchdown.
Oregon...Gained 43 yards on 6 catches, including a pair of 8-yard scores.
Stanford...Carried 3 times for 41 yards and a 4-yard touchdown.
UCLA...Had a 2-yard scoring grab.
Notre Dame...Followed with 4 catches for 30 yards and touchdowns of 15 & 10 yards.
Iowa (Orange Bowl)...Closed out his career with 5 runs for 19 yards and a 5-yard catch.
Was set to join with Sultan McCullough to give USC a potent 1-2 punch at tailback, but heleft the team in midseason without seeing action in 2001...He missed USC's first two games with a right knee sprain, the third while attending his father's funeral in Western Samoa and the next two after re-spraining his knee in practice prior to the Stanford game...He then decided to go back to Western Samoa for the rest of the season.
Played in every game, starting at tailback vs. California and Notre Dame...Carried 41 times for 284 yards (6.9 avg) and snatched 27 passes for 249 yards (9.2 avg)...Returned four kickoffs for 91 yards (22.8 avg).
Oregon State...Totaled 28 yards on 9 runs and 68 yards on 4 catches.
Oregon...Rushed 3 times for 47 yards and had a 10-yard reception.
Stanford...Set up a score with a 69-yard scamper.
UCLA...Collected 51 yards on 4 attempts and 57 yards on 5 receptions.
Notre Dame...Closed out the year with 5 runs for 17 yards and 3 grabs
for 44 yards.
Played in eight games as a reserve tailback, picking up 121 yards on 25 carries (4.8 avg) with three touchdowns...Made five catches for 40 yards (8.0 avg).
Hawaii...Scored on runs of 1, 1 & 3 yards, gaining 25 yards on 8 tries.
Louisiana Tech...Ran 8 times for 71 yards.
San Diego State, Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona...Did not play after pulling a ham-string in practice prior to the SDSU game.
Carried seven times for 28 yards (4.0 avg) while appearing in only the season opener... Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the season opener vs. Purdue.
Played in nine games as a true freshman, starting vs. Arizona State and Oregon...Ran for 332 yards and three touchdowns on 96 carries (3.5 avg)...Caught five passes for 22 yards (4.4 avg) and had a 7-yard kickoff return....Did not play vs. Stanford and UCLA due to a left shoulder bruise.
Did not play in the Stanford and UCLA games in 1997 with a left shoulder bruise...Missed the rest of the 1997 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the season opener vs. Purdue...Sat out the 1999 San Diego State, Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona contests after pulling a hamstring in practice prior to the SDSU game...Sat out the first two games of the 2001 season with a right knee sprain, the third while attending his father's funeral in Western Samoa and the next two after re-spraining his knee in practice prior to the Stanford game. He then decided to go back to Western Samoa for the rest of the season...Sat out 2002 spring drills after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery to remove debris.
Campus Agility Tests
4.4 in the 40-yard dash...445-pound bench press...530-pound squat...345-pound power clean...38-inch vertical jump...9'9" broad jump...30 1/4-inch arm length...9-inch hands... 19/23 Wonderlic score.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
29 7/8 9 1/8 17
Attended Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo, Cal.) High...1996 Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Schutt Sports All-American, USA Today All-USA honorable mention, Super Prep All-Farwest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Prep Star Best in the West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team, All-CIF Southern Section first team, All-CIF Division I, and Orange County Register All-Orange County first team...In 1996, he ran for 1488 yards on 181 carries (8.2 avg) with 17 touchdowns (including a 97-yarder)...Against eventual national champion Mater Dei High, he rushed for 213 yards....Earned Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County second team and All-League honors as a 1995 junior and Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore Super 25 and All-League notice as a 1994 sophomore...His head coach, Dave Brown, was a three-year (1970-72) letterman center at USC and played on Troy's 1972 national championship team...Clocked 10.9 in the 100 meters for the track team.
Public Policy and Management major...His first name, Malaefou, means "new-found land" or "a kind of paradise" in Samoan...Lived in Apia, Western Samoa until he was 9 years old...Played rugby as a youngster in Western Samoa...His personal trainer was ex-USC lineman Marv Marinovich (1959, 1961-62), the father of former USC quarterback Todd Marinovich (1989-90)...Born 7/24/79...Resides in Mission Viejo, California.
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