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Old 05-11-2007   #1
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Default Tavo Tupola: our other rookie Hawaiian Olineman

"UTAH: Could be the best offensive tackle in the Mountain West Conference ... has started at left tackle since his freshman year ... athletic, mobile player was a safety in high school who grew into offensive line stature while on an LDS church mission to Tucson, Ariz. (2000-02) ... quickness creates match-up problems for opposing defenses ... Athlon Sports picked him for its preseason all-MWC first team. "
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Like Brandon Frye, Tupola has the look and feel of an OLineman that would project as a ZB candidate in the Texans system. Adjectives like athletic, mobile, quickness, etc. are found all over descriptions about this URFA.
Even though he may play on the inside at guard for the Texans, he was a LT his whole collegete carrer, another indication of his athletic profile. Dang, this guy was even a DB in high school before he got big.
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"UTAH: Could be the best offensive tackle in the Mountain West Conference ... has started at left tackle since his freshman year ... athletic, mobile player was a safety in high school who grew into offensive line stature while on an LDS church mission to Tucson, Ariz. (2000-02) ... quickness creates match-up problems for opposing defenses ... Athlon Sports picked him for its preseason all-MWC first team. "
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Like Brandon Frye, Tupola has the look and feel of an OLineman that would project as a ZB candidate in the Texans system. Adjectives like athletic, mobile, quickness, etc. are found all over descriptions about this URFA.
Even though he may play on the inside at guard for the Texans, he was a LT his whole collegete carrer, another indication of his athletic profile. Dang, this guy was even a DB in high school before he got big.
He will be an old 26 year old player when season starts. That may benefit in maturity but is usually not a good thing.
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Every team needs a thick, neckless pacific islander guy who likes to run around in flip flops on one of the lines...it's just one of those things.
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Every team needs a thick, neckless pacific islander guy who likes to run around in flip flops on one of the lines...it's just one of those things.
especially if he can sing "tiny bubbles in the wine" while he hulas and then clotheslines the opposition.
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especially if he can sing "tiny bubbles in the wine" while he hulas and then clotheslines the opposition.
Don't let Sharpton catch you making those kinds of remarks, he'll get your butt fired !
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Every team needs a thick, neckless pacific islander guy who likes to run around in flip flops on one of the lines...it's just one of those things.
We all need someone to protect us from the Casserly Curse and/or the David Carr idol that eats up NFL cap space. Who would be better than our mystical, athletic friends in the South Pacific?

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We all need someone to protect us from the Casserly Curse and/or the David Carr idol that eats up NFL cap space. Who would be better than our mystical, athletic friends in the South Pacific?

Dued, I love that picture. I was skimming channels last night and on one of the wrestling programs there a black guy dressed up like Randy Savage; sunglasses, hat and warm up jacket. He kept doing the "Oh yeahhh" and same well known gestures of the Macho Man. He went by the "Black Machismo". Last Iheard from Savage was when his ex wife died an over dose at another wrestler's house.
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At the least, I think this guy is an interesting camper to watch.
There are pluses and minuses. Let see if he can handle life the fast lane.
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Could be a long term project. It's not likely he ever becomes a major contributor, but you never know. I mean the guy has no neck and is from the South Pacific so he does have that going for him. Never seen him play, but I think he is a longshot to make it any time soon.
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Tupola was actually an all-state safety in high school.

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Tavo Tupola was a 6-foot-3, 192-pound all-state free safety -- playing in the same Kahuku High School secondary with Hyrum Peters -- when he signed for a football scholarship from the University of Utah in 1999.

Yesterday, Tupola -- now 6-4 and 296 pounds -- was one of three players from Hawaii in Utah's offensive line as the Utes won their first outright conference title in 46 years by beating BYU 3-0. As the Mountain West Conference champions, they were immediately invited to the Liberty Bowl.

Tupola, a redshirt freshman, grew from a free safety into a tackle while on a two-year church mission to Arizona after high school.

"When I started my mission in Tucson in March 2000, I weighed 190," Tupola said.

"I returned two years later at 290."

Tupola explains: "I worked with Hispanic people in Tucson. They didn't want me to leave (the table) until all their food was finished. I love enchiladas and Spanish rice."

When Tupola reported to Salt Lake City in 2002, then-Utah coach Ron McBride "looked at me and lifted up his pinkie finger and said I looked like that when they signed me."

Learning to play offensive line "took a lot of hard work and effort and coaching" mainly by John Hevesy, Tupola said. Rush blocking was harder to learn than pass blocking, he said.

"We didn't think he was going to be ready to play this season," Hevesy said.

"He had to go in for 10 plays at Cal (Sept. 11) because someone was hurt. He hasn't left the field since; he's been there for eight games.

"He has the athletic ability of a free safety but weighs 296 pounds," Hevesy said.
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Learning to play offensive line "took a lot of hard work and effort and coaching" mainly by John Hevesy, Tupola said. Rush blocking was harder to learn than pass blocking, he said.
I like that a lot. Correct me if I am wrong but ZBS is more about pinging people in space than trench warfare and would seem to be a perfect fit for one of his weaknesses. Moreover, we can always use a guy who can pass block.

With that all being said hopefully he makes the roster by earning it, because he is certainly intriguing given his history as a football player and his athleticism.
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