Aug. 23, 2004
Three former West Texas A&M University football players were an integral part of the Amarillo Dusters' run to a 13-3 inaugural record, the regular season Intense Football League Championship, and the #1 seed in the IFL playoffs. The semifinals begin Saturday night at the Cal Farley Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas, as the Dusters will host the San Angelo Stampede at 7:05 p.m.
DeWayne Miles, the Buffs' leading all-time rusher from 1997-2000, leads the Dusters and the IFL with 125 carries for 627 yards (a 5-yard per carry average) and 22 touchdowns. His rushing total is believed to be an indoor football record.
Offensive lineman Ray Taupule, who played for WT in 1999 and 2000, has been a leader in the line that has helped open holes for Miles and allowed quarterback Julian Reese to pass for 3,196 yards, a 59.3 percent passing percentage, 76 TD's and just 19 interceptions.
Wide receiver Jimmy Gaston is the second-leading receiver on the team with 69 catches for 706 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Dallas, Texas, native has also scored three rushing touchdowns. He lettered for the Buffs in 1999 and 2000.
Other Buffs who played at some time this year for the Dusters are Kareem Larrimore and David Green.
For more on the former Buffaloes and the Dusters, check out www.amarillodusters.com, the official Dusters' web site.