Christian Tupou

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Christian Tupou
No. -- – Free agent
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-07) May 7, 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth: Sacramento, California[1]
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Sacramento (CA) Grant Union
College: Southern California
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Christian Tupou (born May 7, 1989) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was undrafted but signed with the Chicago Bears in 2012.[2] He played college football at USC.

High school career[edit]

Tupou played defensive end and fullback at Grant High School in Sacramento, California. He had 82 tackles and 5 sacks in 2006 as Grant went 13-0. As a junior in 2005, he was All-Area, All-City and All-League as he had 85 tackles, 16 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.

College career[edit]

Tupou started for three seasons at nose tackle for the USC Trojans. He was named 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention as a Political Science major. Tupou saw brief action in four games (Washington State, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Illinois) as a reserve defensive tackle as a first-year freshman in 2007. He won USC's John McKay Award and Service Team Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Tupou started at nose tackle for his second season as a junior in 2009. Overall in 2009 while appearing in all 13 games (and starting all but Notre Dame and Oregon State), he had 25 tackles, including 4 for losses (with 1.5 sacks), and 2 forced fumbles. He made 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and won USC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year Award and Bob Chandler Award.

Tupou was set to anchor the line in 2010 as a senior tackle starting for his third year. But he tore ligaments in his left knee in USC's spring game that concluded 2010 spring drills, so he redshirted while sidelined in 2010. He won USC's Courage Award and USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award.

Tupou started all thirteen games at nose tackle as a senior in 2011. He was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

Professional career[edit]

NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
305 lb
(138 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
5.10 s 4.87 s 8.07 s 24 in
(0.61 m)
30 reps unreported
20-ss, 3-cone, vertical, and broad jump from Florida Pro Day. All others from NFL Combine

Chicago Bears[edit]

Tupou signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Tupou received his first NFL start in the preseason against the Cleveland Browns and recorded a sack. He was released in 2013.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Tupou was signed to the practice squad on January 3, 2014.[3]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Tupou was signed to 49ers roster on January 22, 2014. Tupou was released by the 49ers to make room for Josh Johnson on May 14, 2014.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Tupou signed with the Arizona Cardinals in May 2014. The Cardinals released Tupou on August 30, 2014,[4] but he shortly re-signed to their practice squad.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Tupou was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad on October 17, 2014. He was released by the Browns on December 9, 2014. On May 30, 2015, he was re-signed by the Browns. On August 16, 2015, he was released by the Browns.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christian Tupou". University of Southern California Trojans. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Gorr, Beth. "BR Rookie Diary: Christian Tupou". Scout. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (26 December 2013). "BEARS SIGN FORMER TICATS WIDE RECEIVER WILLIAMS". The Sports Network. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Cardinals Cut To 53