Marques Tuiasosopo

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Marques Tuiasosopo
Marques Tuiasosopo in 2008.JPG
Tuiasosopo in 2008
Current position
Title Tight ends coach, associate head coach offensive
Team USC
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born (1979-03-22) March 22, 1979 (age 35)
Long Beach, California
Playing career
1997–2000
2001–2006
2007
2008
Washington
Oakland Raiders
New York Jets
Oakland Raiders
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2009–2010
2011
2012
2013
2014–present
Washington (asst. strength)
UCLA (GA)
UCLA (TE)
Washington (QB/interim HC)
USC (TE/assoc. HC)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–0
Bowls 1–0
Accomplishments and honors
Awards

Pop Warner Trophy (2000)
8th in Heisman voting (2000)
Rose Bowl MVP (2001)

Marques Tavita Tuiasosopo (born March 22, 1979) is an American football coach and former player. He played professionally as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets. Tuiasosopo was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Raiders with the 59th overall pick. In 2013, he joined his alma mater, the University of Washington, serving as quarterbacks coach and as interim head coach in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl. Tuiasosopo is currently the tight ends and offensive associate head coach for the USC Trojans.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Long Beach, California, Tuiasosopo was raised in Woodinville, a suburb northeast of Seattle. An excellent athlete, he was also a standout shortstop in baseball at Woodinville High School. After his senior year, Tuiasosopo was selected in the 28th round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but chose to play college football instead. Although he played on both offense & defense in high school (option quarterback & safety), he was primarily recruited by Division I football programs to play defense.

Marques accepted a football scholarship to the nearby University of Washington in Seattle, primarily because head coach Jim Lambright was one of the few that granted him the opportunity to compete at quarterback, rather than just at safety.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 1997, Tuiasosopo rose to second on the depth chart at quarterback. In the season's third week, he was called into action in a nationally-televised home game against Nebraska, due to an injury to starter Brock Huard. Despite losing 27-14, Tuiasosopo was impressive against the sixth-ranked (and eventual national champion) Cornhuskers, throwing for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Later in the year against Oregon, he became the Huskies' first true freshman to start a game at quarterback, throwing for 261 yards and rushing for 95, in a 31-28 loss. He also played considerably the following year for the oft-injured Huard, and was never redshirted. Following his sophomore season in 1998, Rick Neuheisel replaced Lambright as head coach and named Tuiasosopo as the starting quarterback to replace the graduating Huard. As a junior in October 1999, Tuiasosopo became the only player in NCAA college football history to pass for over 300 yards and run for over 200 yards in a game, during a 35-30 victory over the Stanford Cardinal at Husky Stadium. That year he led the Huskies to a 6-2 conference record, finishing in second place to the Cardinal and earning the team a bid to the Holiday Bowl.

As a senior in 2000, he led the Huskies to the Pac-10 title and a 34-24 Rose Bowl victory over Drew Brees and the Purdue Boilermakers, and was named the MVP of the game. The Huskies finished the season with an 11-1 record, ranked third in the national polls. The season included a victory over the Miami Hurricanes at Husky Stadium in September, the Hurricanes' only loss of the season. Tuiasosopo threw for 225 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 45 yards and another touchdown in the 34-29 win, earning national acclaim while finishing eighth in Heisman voting.[2]

While at Washington, Tuiasosopo majored in business administration.

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Tuiasosopo was selected by the Raiders in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, the 59th overall pick and the fourth quarterback selected (behind Michael Vick, Drew Brees, and Quincy Carter).

In the NFL, Tuiasosopo was primarily a reserve quarterback, the Raiders' backup to Rich Gannon and Kerry Collins. He was on the sidelines for Super Bowl XXXVII at the conclusion of the 2002 season, but did not appear in the game as his team lost 48-21. His first significant playing time came during a Monday Night Football game during the 2003 season, throwing for 224 yards, all in the second half. Marques played well enough to earn his first career NFL start the following week, but struggled, throwing for just 65 yards along with an interception before leaving the game with an injury late in the first half. He did not start another game until late in the 2005 season, where he again struggled losing 26-10. He was promptly demoted back to the sidelines the next week. The team finished just 4-12 in the 2005 season with primarily Collins as the starting quarterback, paving the way for the younger Tuiasosopo to receive more consideration for the job.

New York Jets[edit]

Tuiasosopo signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets on March 23, 2007.[3]

Second stint with Raiders[edit]

A free agent in the 2008 offseason, Tuiasosopo re-signed with the Raiders on May 22, on a one-year contract in his final NFL season.

Post-football career[edit]

Following his playing career, Tuiasosopo became an assistant strength coach in 2009 at his alma mater, the University of Washington. He moved to UCLA in 2011, on the staff of Neuheisel, his former head coach.[4] He remained with UCLA under new head coach Jim Mora as the tight ends coach in 2012, then returned to the University of Washington in 2013 as quarterbacks coach under fifth-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. Upon Sarkisian's acceptance of the USC head coaching job at the end of the 2013 regular season, Tuiasosopo was named interim head coach for Washington's bowl game.[5] Shortly after leading the Huskies to a win in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl Tuiasosopo left Washington to join Sarkisian's staff at USC as tight ends coach and was also given the title of associate head coach.

Personal life[edit]

Tuiasosopo is the son of former NFL defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo, who played collegiately for UCLA, then professionally from 1979 to 1986 for the Seahawks and 49ers, being a starter at nose tackle and winning Super Bowl XIX. Marques' brother is fullback Zach Tuiasosopo, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles until he was waived on July 11, 2007. Zach and Marques were also teammates on the Raiders for part of a season. His youngest brother, Matt, plays baseball professionally for the Baltimore Orioles. Their sister Leslie, the eldest of the five siblings, played volleyball for Washington, trained with the U.S. national team, and is currently the Huskies' associate head coach.[6] His wife Lisa is a former collegiate volleyball player and they have three children.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Washington Huskies (Pacific-12 Conference) (2013)
2013 Washington 1–0[n 1] 0–0[n 1] (North)[n 1] W Fight Hunger Bowl 25
Washington: 1–0 0–0
Total: 1–0
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Steve Sarkisian took the head coaching job with the USC Trojans at the end of the regular season. Tuiasosopo was appointed as interim head coach and will coach the team in bowl game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports Star gathering as star-studded as ever. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (March 23, 2007). "QB Tuiasosopo signs one-year deal with Jets". ESPN. Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Condotta, Bob (February 23, 2011). "Tuiasosopo leaving for UCLA". The Seattle Times. 
  5. ^ Jude, Adam (December 4, 2013). "Marques Tuiasosopo Named UW's Interim Coach". The Seattle Times. 
  6. ^ "Leslie Gabriel". University of Washington Athletics. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 

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