Northwest NEWS

October 22, 2000

Sports

Zach in the thick of things for the Huskies

by Russ Paris
   Special to the Weekly
   Zach Tuiasosopo, former Woodinville Falcon football player and member of the class of 2000, has helped lead the University of Washington defense this season.
   In the game against University of Idaho (Sept. 22), Tuiasosopo was credited with two solo tackles and two assisted tackles. Tuiasosopo also batted down a pass on a crucial third down situation in that game.
   "The college game is a lot quicker and the offensive players a lot bigger and faster than high school," said Zach. "I plan on majoring in business administration but haven't declared a major yet."
   He started his first game at the outside linebacker position against University of Southern California on Oct. 6. A redshirt freshman with four years of eligibility left, he led UW linemen with nine tackles in the 27-24 win.
   "California tried to take advantage of Tui's newness," said Husky Head Coach, Rick Neuheisel. "They aligned their bigger linemen and tight ends (both over 300 pounds) to block Zach (who weighs 250 lbs.). But he did an admirable job for his first start.
   It was memorable, but mostly it was fun," said Tuiasosopo after the game.
   Zach started his fourth game at the strong side linebacker position last Saturday in the game against University of Arizona as the Huskies came from behind to beat the Wildcats 31-28.
   Zach played with additional adrenaline as he brother, ex-Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, watched from the sidelines.
   Marques is now playing for the Oakland Raiders who had a bye week enabling him to fly north to attend the UW homecoming festivities, but mostly to cheer for the Huskies and his brother. Zach responded with six tackles and one quarterback sack.
   "I'm really enjoying professional ball," Marques said. "It's not as big a step as from high school to college, but the players are all fast and big. I still have to use my scrambling ability at times, and I'm very fortunate to be able to throw to All-Pro receivers like Tim Brown and Jerry Rice.
   "I still enjoy watching the college game and especially the Huskies come-from-behind wins."
   Marques also attended the Woodinville Falcon football team Friday night in which his youngest brother Matt played.