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UCLA Vs. ASU: Vontaze Burfict Not Special, Says Joseph Fauria

The UCLA Bruins and the Arizona St. Sun Devils are set to battle. And again, a prominent player is taking shots at Vontaze Burfict.

There's a lot of hype surrounding ASU linebacker Vontaze Burfict as being a fearsome defender who will make it very difficult on every opposing offense to try and make crucial plays to keep drives going. At least, that's the reputation surrounding him.

His high school teammate Joseph Fauria isn't buying it, and the UCLA tight end had some pretty striking thought on the subject. Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports obtained these quotes from the Bruins tight end.

"He's another guy," junior tight end Joseph Fauria said. "I played him in high school, I don't think he's anything special at all."

Fauria did go on to say, "I'm not going to knock him, he's a great player."

So, which is it?

The last person to make comments like these concerning Burfict before a game with the Devils was Matt Barkley, and that didn't exactly end well. Should we just cue the three forced fumbles by Burfict on the Bruins tight end. Plus a couple of drops after punishing hits from the linebacker?

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