Meet Suaesi Tuimaunei

Aug. 7, 2009

If spending nearly every day together isn't enough, Suaesi Tuimaunei and some of the Oregon State football players return to their homes after practice and workouts to play video games with each other. Along with bonding with his teammates over a game of 'Call of Duty,' Tuimaunei also enjoys an occasional chick flick and going spear fishing with his buddies.

What was it like growing up with 11 siblings?

I didn't grow up with all of them, I just grew up with five siblings, and then when my parents split up they both got married again. This was my senior year in high school. It was fun though. I like having a lot of people around that I know. We are really close. Growing up with five siblings was fun. I liked that. We were so close that we did everything together pretty much. The older ones are more spread out. I have an older sister that lives in California and I have another brother that lives on a different island. The younger ones are still at home finishing up high school. If I go home, or if they come up here, we always find time to see each other.

What motivates you?

My family definitely. That probably as to be the most important thing is my family. They are always there to support me in everything I do and I would do anything for them.

Tell fans something interesting about yourself...

There aren't very many things that are interesting about me. I am just the typical guy. I like to go spear fishing. I haven't done it in awhile, I haven't had time to, but I would like to do that. I just like the rush you get by shooting them. It's fun. My friends used to go in high school. We would go night diving and I just got hooked the first time we went.

Why study sociology?

I was looking for a major that had something to do with a fireman because I wanted to be a fireman. But there wasn't really anything for that so then I was looking more towards a policeman and everyone was telling me to go with sociology.

What is the most important thing every safety needs to know?

Work hard. That's all you need to do is work hard and be smart. If you want to be it, then you have to do it. You need to be patient. You need to see things. You need to see what is happening in the big picture, you can't just look at the ball; you have to look at the entire play. You need good eyes and patience.

Who are you in a nutshell?

I like to play video games. I usually just play video games with a bunch of the guys on the team. And do homework.

What's your video game of choice?

'Gears of War' and then 'Call of Duty' with the rest of the teammates. Like we don't spend enough time with each other here, we go home and play online.

How is it being a student-athlete?

It's good, I can't ask for more. It's paid school. It's probably one of the best experiences in my life so far. I am loving it and living life right now. You have to get your priorities straight; you need to get what you need to get done first, and then go from there.

What was going through your head when you had the game-ending interception to win the state title in high school?

I was tripping out; I didn't even know it. It was funny actually because I felt like I was having a bad game the whole time, and then that happened and I was like `wow'. I was thankful. I felt blessed that it happened to me. I can't even explain it. It was a good feeling though; one that I will remember for a long time.

Is there a quarterback you want to intercept this year?

Not really. I don't really think about that stuff. I just go out there and do what I have to do. I do like intercepting Lyle's balls though.

Any embarrassing habits?

I enjoy watching a chick flick every once in awhile, but that's about it.

What should fans look forward to with this next season?

They should look forward to seeing a lot of young guys emerge and to have a good season. I know there are going to be a lot of young guys that are going to do something good this year.

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