ROSE BOWL NOTEBOOK: TUIASOSOPO, BREES RUN LIKE WIND.
Byline: Gabe Lacques Staff Writer
When it comes to running the football, no quarterback supposedly does it better than Drew Brees' Rose Bowl counterpart, Washington's 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. .
After all, Tuiasosopo is the only Division I player to throw for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in the same game, and his ability to run the option is crucial to Washington's offense.
However, statistics show Purdue's Brees actually netted more rushing yards this season.
Tuiasosopo edged Brees in gross rushing yardage yard·age 1
1. An amount or length measured in yards.
2. Cloth sold by the yard.
Noun 1. (605-601), but thanks largely to the fact Brees was sacked just eight times this season, he netted 546 yards to Tuiasosopo's 394. Purdue coach Joe Tiller Joe Tiller (b. December 7, 1942 in Toledo, Ohio) has been the head football coach at Purdue University since 1997. Before coming to Purdue, Tiller was the head coach for the University of Wyoming football program. said getting Brees to run more was one of his offensive goals.
``We put in a few more runs for him this season,'' Tiller said. ``He's a much better runner than people give him credit for. He has quick feet. He doesn't have a great 40-yard time, but he's quick as opposed to fast.
``He also has what we call an exceptional internal clock. We used to say Johnny Unitas John Constantine "Johnny" Unitas (May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed The Golden Arm, was a professional American football player in the 1950s through the 1970s. He was the National Football League's most valuable player in 1959, 1964 and 1967. had eyes in the back of his head. I think Drew Brees Drew Christopher Brees (born January 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. The San Diego Chargers originally selected him as the first pick of the 2001 NFL Draft's second round. has that same sense.''
--Tripplett could go pro: Given the strong junior season Washington defensive tackle Larry Tripplett Larry Tripplett (born January 18, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is an American football defensive tackle who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. had, he should be an early favorite to win next year's Outland Trophy The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best United States college football interior lineman. It is named after John H. Outland. Outland was one of only a few players in history ever to be named All-America at two positions, John Outland garnered consensus All-America honors in 1898 . Of course, he can't win if he's not around to play.
Tripplett said he has sent a letter to the NFL NFL
National Football League
NFL (US) n abbr (= National Football League) → Fußball-Nationalliga inquiring about his draft prospects. If Tripplett goes pro, the Huskies would lose the mainstay of their defense, a player Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said is ``a force unto himself.''
Tripplett (6-foot-1, 295 pounds) earned a spot on four All-America teams and was first-team All-Pacific-10 after recording 6 1/2 sacks and 11 tackles for loss and blocking three kicks.
``I'm still in the process of making that decision,'' Tripplett said. ``I'm not concentrating on that right now, because we play a tough team in Purdue. I'm going to gather all the information and make the best possible decision.''
Tripplett, a Westchester High graduate, must decide by the NFL's mid- January deadline.
--Grinch: Tiller was concerned about the team taking Christmas off from practice, especially after the Boilermakers were sluggish Sunday after arriving in Los Angeles on Saturday night. But he said Tuesday's effort was ``much better.''
``I don't want to call (Sunday) a wasted practice, but we were not very good,'' Tiller said. ``We showed some semblance of focus today.''
--Robbins questionable: Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said freshman receiver Justin Robbins' shoulder injury was a bit more serious than team doctors originally believed.
Robbins suffered a separated shoulder when he ran into a goal post while running a pass route during the Huskies' practice Sunday.
``He's optimistic he can make it,'' Neuheisel said. Robbins is best-known for catching the game-winning 22-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left in Washington's 31-28 win over Stanford.
--On the mend: The news was better for the Huskies' three injured tailbacks. Neuheisel said junior Willie Hurst (broken clavicle clavicle /clav·i·cle/ (klav´i-k'l) collar bone; a bone, curved like the letter f, that articulates with the sternum and scapula, forming the anterior portion of the shoulder girdle on either side. ) and freshman Rich Alexis (shoulder) definitely will play. They will also participate today in their first full-contact drills since the team arrived Dec. 20.
Sophomore Paul Arnold is questionable for the game with a back injury.