Former UC Davis defensive tackle John Faletoese has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Bills while offensive guard Jonathan Compas has done the same with the Oakland Raiders.
Both players earned All-America and All-Great West Conference honors for the Aggies during the 2008 season while also serving as team captains.
Faletoese, from Jesuit High School in nearby Carmichael, enjoyed a stellar career at UC Davis, which included 2008 All-America honors from the Associated Press, the Sports Network and the Walter Camp Foundation. He was the GWC Defensive Player of the Year after earning first-team all-conference honors for the third time. He was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Faletoese, who also participated in the East-West Shrine Football Game, had 122 career tackles, including 36.5 tackles for losses – the most in the program since 2001. Included were 15.5 career sacks. He also blocked nine kicks.
Like Faletoese, Compas earned a trio of first-team all-conference accolades while adding All-Amercica awards from the Associated Press and the Sports Network. Compas, who was also a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree and was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society last week, was a mainstay on the line for the Aggies. He started all 40 games he played.
In addition to his postseason awards, Compas, a Carlsbad native, was a preseason All-American in 2008.
UC Davis sophomores Alice Kim and Chelsea Stelzmiller have been selected to play as individuals at the upcoming NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship West Regional at Arizona State.
The pair will represent the Aggies, who were hoping to earn an at-large invitation as a team for the second straight year but were not selected to the 63-team field. Both Kim and Stelzmiller were members of last year’s UC Davis team that had a 21st-place national finish in just its first year of Division I play.
The regional tournament will be held May 7 to 9 at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.