In The Trenches With Zach Tuiasosopo

Sept. 6, 2002

On Sat., Sept. 7 at Husky Stadium, fans will see a Tuiasosopo on offense forthe first time since the 2000 season. Don't be confused, however -- thisyear's Tui is not record-setting quarterback Marques, but rather youngerbrother Zach, who will make his long-awaited home offensive debut whenWashington hosts San Jose State. A linebacker and running back atWoodinville (Wash.) High School, Tuiasosopo worked on the defensive side ofthe ball in each of his first two seasons at Washington, totaling 41 tacklesand a sack in 2001, mostly as the reserve to Kai Ellis at outsidelinebacker. This spring, Tuiasosopo was moved to fullback in an effort toadd depth at the spot, and earned his first offensive start in last week'sloss to Michigan. GoHuskies.com slowed down the redshirt sophomore longenough to hear his opinion on the position switch, G.I. Joe, and whosetrophies are biggest on the Tuiasosopo family mantel.

GoHuskies.com: You come from a pretty talented family, who would yousay is the most talented Tui?
Zach Tuiasosopo: 'We all do our part. My older sister, Leslie (aformer UW volleyball player and current Husky assistant coach) came throughhere, my older brother (Marques, now with the NFL's Oakland Raiders) camethrough, I'm trying to play a sport, plus I've got a couple little brothersand sisters and each of them are trying to do their thing. There's no betterone than the other, we all just support each other and do our thing.'

GH: What would you be doing now if you weren't playing football?
Tuiasosopo: 'I would be hanging out with my family and friends, maybegoing to the beach, maybe playing baseball. It's hard to say.'

GH: At the beach? In Seattle?
Tuiasosopo: 'Well, the lake is nice, with rocks and pebbles for sand.Keep it simple.'

GH: What is your favorite sport to sit and watch at home?
Tuiasosopo: 'Does it have to be a sport? I like to watch 'That 70'sShow' and movies.'

GH: Any movie in particular?
Tuiasosopo: 'That new one, 'Insomnia' -- that was really good. I alsoreally like 'National Lampoon's Van Wilder.' That was funny. I likecomedies.'

GH: When you were growing up -- just a little Tuiasasopo -- were youmore of a G.I. Joe, Transformers, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan?
Tuiasosopo: 'G.I. Joe, I loved them. I had all the vehicles andstuff.'

GH: 'I'm sure a good-looking guy like yourself had a girlfriend atsome point, and she probably made you watch a 'chick flick' with her. Which'chick flick' was your favorite?
Tuiasosopo: 'Hmmm ... chick flick ... I don't know. It's hard to describea 'chick flick.' I watched one in high school once -- I was forced to! It was'Runaway Bride' with Julia Roberts.'

GH: And?
Tuiasosopo: 'And I can't say I hated it. It was entertaining. I gotout the tissue and had to step away for a minute because I didn't have theguts to stay there [and cry].'

GH: I'm sure you've played some various college football games onPlaystation or XBox, and I'm sure you've checked out the video version ofyourself. Does the game accurately portray Zach Tuiasosopo?
Tuiasosopo: 'I never use our team, only others. It's just a videogame, though, and there's a lot of things different on it. I hear Reggie(Williams) is really good, though.'

GH: Who's the most impressive player you've watched or playedwith?
Tuiasosopo: 'I've played a lot of great people. A couple of guys Iplayed against in practice are Ben Mahdavi and Joe Lobendahn. Talk about headaches!They're both fast and they hit hard. In the Pac-10, you've got the chance toplay guys that play for the NFL now like Joe Tafoya for Arizona, or guysfrom our team like Larry Tripplett, Hakim Akbar, Elliot Silvers and KyleBenn. Those are all special guys.'

GH: If you had a 'Celebrity Deathmatch' on the team, who would be thetwo players involved in it?
Tuiasosopo: 'I would say Elliott Zajac and Terry Johnson. I'd throwGreg Carothers in there too, because he would jump in just for the heck ofit.'

contributing to gohuskies.com Steve Hitchcock

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