A QB WITH MCNOWNLIKE RENOWN.Byline: Jon Wilner Staff Writer
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX most about Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo Marques Tuiasosopo (born March 22, 1979 in Woodinville, Washington) is a professional football player, a quarterback for the NFL's New York Jets. He began his career in 2001 with the Oakland Raiders. is not his cannon arm or blazing speed or vast experience or stellar pedigree. He has none of those attributes, save the pedigree. (His father, Manu, played defensive line for the Bruins in the 1970s.)
Instead, what worries the Bruins most about Tuiasosopo is his resemblance to an old friend. In instinct and toughness, in leadership and savvy, he's the closest thing the Pac-10 has to Cade McNown Cade McNown (born January 12 1977 in Portland, Oregon) is a quarterback who played in the National Football League. He attended played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles. . And the last person UCLA's battered defense wants to face is a McNown-alike.
``The big thing is (Tuiasosopo's) ability to make plays,'' Bruins coach Bob Toledo Bob Toledo (born March 4, 1946, in San Jose, California) is an American football coach, recently hired as head coach at Tulane University. He is best-known as the thirteenth head coach at UCLA. said, echoing McNown's greatest asset. ``He gets away from the rush. He finds open guys. He plays hurt.
``He's the best player in the conference.''
Tuiasosopo's courageous performance two weeks ago against Stanford (509 total yards despite a severely bruised behind) was reminiscent of McNown against Oregon, when he vomited at midfield, then led the Bruins to an overtime victory.
Their similarities in style and productivity explain why Tuiasosopo is heavily favored win Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and why Washington is tantalizingly tan·ta·lize
tr.v. tan·ta·lized, tan·ta·liz·ing, tan·ta·liz·es
To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach. close to its first Rose Bowl since 1993.
The Huskies' senior class is as small as UCLA's (12 members). Their running backs and receivers are no better than seventh in the league. Their defense is eighth in the conference. They have the Pac-10's worst pass rush and they outscore Verb 1. outscore - score more points than one's opponents
beat, beat out, vanquish, trounce, crush, shell - come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard opponents by three points a game.
In short, there's no tangible explanation for their success - except they have the best player at the most important position. Tuiasosopo is a running, passing get-out-of-jams-free card.
``He gets us off the hook and all coaches will tell you that if you've got somebody to do that, you're way ahead of the game,'' Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel Richard Gerald "Rick" Neuheisel, Jr. (born February 7, 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American football coach. Formerly a college head coach, he is currently the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, after being promoted from quarterbacks coach on January 15, said. ``Cade McNown did that for several years at UCLA. Marques Marques may refer to:
The Bruins hoped he would do it for them, given the family bloodlines. Naturally, Tuiasosopo was a huge UCLA fan growing up the early '90s in Woodinville, Wash., which lies 30 minutes east of Husky Stadium.
``In junior high, I'd get in fights with friends over the UW-UCLA game, which was pretty crazy since that was when the Huskies were so dominant,'' Tuiasosopo told the Tacoma News Tribune.
But proximity to home lured Tuiasosopo to Washington. (His sister, Leslie, played volleyball for the Huskies.) He sat behind Brock Huard for two years, then took command this season - of the team and the conference.
To get win No. 4, the Bruins must stop Washington's No. 11.
PHOTO MARQUES TUIASOSOPO
The son of a former UCLA star, he is widely considered to be the conference's best player.