Tafoya, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection from Pittsburg, Calif., led the team with 18 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also knocked down four passes, recovered a fumble and forced two others.
Late in the season he was selected by players as one of the team's captains, representing the defense. He and the other captains -- senior quarterback Ortege Jenkins of Long Beach, Calif., and senior linebacker/special teams player Adrian Koch of Tucson -- each were cited by coaches at the banquet.
Senior offensive lineman Marques McFadden of Meridian, Idaho, received the team's Bronco Nagurski Award for the player contributing at various positions or on both sides of the ball. McFadden started at right tackle initially, then because of season-ending injuries to several teammates also had starts at left guard and left tackle during the year. He also played some at right guard and was prepared to play center.
Sophomore quarterback Jason Johnson of Puyallup, Wash., and senior offensive lineman David Floyd of Peoria, Ariz., were named the team's top scholastic achievers, winning the Undergraduate Scholarship and Jim Ewing Awards, respectively. Floyd also earned the team's Offensive Scout of the Year Award for superb practice duty. The defensive Scout of the Year honor went to freshman end Fata Avegalio of Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Senior defensive end Idris Haroon and senior center Bruce Wiggins, both of Houston, were named winners of the Martin Gentry Scholarship Award to the team's senior linemen who exhibited top play and exemplified outstanding work ethics and leadership.
Sophmore defensive back David Laudermilk of Moreno Valley, Calif., won the Ball Hawk Award for helping offensive backs and receivers stress ball security by attempting to cause the most fumbles during drills.