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Northwest Athlete Profile: Marques Tuiasosopo

Marques Tuiasosopo

Currently: UCLA Bruins Assistant Coach – Tight Ends
Former: Quarterback
Date of birth: March 22, 1979 (age 33)
Place of birth: Long Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59
Debuted in 2001 for the Oakland Raiders

Marques Tuiasosopo former career backup NFL quarterback and current NCAA football coach was born on March 22nd, 1979 in Long Beach, California but was raised in Woodinville Washington, just outside of Seattle.

A two-sport standout Tuiasosopo was drafted into Major League Baseball after high school in 1997 by the Minnesota Twins but he decided to attend college on a football scholarship instead. He played on both sides of the ball in high school but with the Washington Huskies football team he would concentrate on the quarterback position.

In his first year with the Huskies Tuiasosopo burst onto the scene when then starter Brock Huard was injured. Against Nebraska (the eventual National Champs) he threw for 270 yards and two scores in an eventual loss. Later that season Tuiasosopo he had 356 combined yards (261 passing and 95 rushing) against Oregon.

Marques Tuiasosopo

Northwest Athlete Profiles: Marques Tuiasosopo

He saw plenty of action during the 1998 season as well and in 1999, he 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.

In that year he would lead his team to a 6-2 Conference record and a berth in the Holiday Bowl.

In Tuiasosopo’s senior year, the Huskies won the Pac-10 title and would go onto win the Rose Bowl against Purdue in a game that Tuiasosopo was named MVP. Washington would finish third in the National Championship polls that year.

Tuiasosopo was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the NFL Draft in 2001 behind the likes of Michael Vick, Drew Brees, & Quincy Carter but he didn’t see much action as a pro.

With the Raiders, Tuiasosopo earned just one start while playing relief in a Monday Night Football game in 2003.

In 2007 Tuiasosopo signed a one year contract with the New York Jets and in 2008 he returned to the Raiders as a backup. 2008 would be his final season as a pro.

Tuiasosopo quickly caught on as a strength coach for the University of Washington after his pro career and to this day acts as an Assistant Coach with the UCLA Bruins.

Career history

As player:

Oakland Raiders (2001–2006)
New York Jets (2007)
Oakland Raiders (2008)

As coach:

Washington Huskies (NCAA) (assistant strength) (2009–2010)
UCLA Bruins (NCAA) (assistant strength) (2011–present)

Career highlights and awards

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

Career NFL statistics as of 2008

TD-INT: 2-7
Passing yards: 554
QB Rating: 48.1

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