Unleashed: Bringing Back Tui May Prove A 2013 Coup
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Marques Tuiasosopo is the last Huskies quarterback to win the Rose Bowl. He was the relentless passing and running dynamo that beat Purdue a dozen years ago. He was the Pac-10 offensive player of the year in 2000. The year before that, as a junior, he became the first player in NCAA Division-I history to pass for 300 yards and run for 200 in the same game.
Yet when the 34-year-old Tuiasosopo wearing lanyards walked off the East Field last Tuesday night following his first practice as a full Huskies coach, after he got done with two hours of teaching the position that became his life starting a quarter century ago in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville,
"This has just been a fantastic opportunity for me so far. Just an honor," Tuiasosopo said, wearing a gray UW pullover and a black lanyard with a red marker dangling from his neck instead of his old, purple No. 11. Price has another term for Tui's return: "Perfect."
The about-to-be fifth-year senior quarterback with lanyards was talking about the timing of getting to work with Tuiasosopo, who as UW's assistant strength coach in 2009 was part of the installation of Sarkisian's offense at UW when Price was redshirting his first season. Now he is back for Price's last one as a Husky. Tui isn't the only one smiling about it. His quarterback is being "Teeth" Price again.
Now, Tuiasosopo and Sarkisian have the Huskies in overdrive. They are installing far more no-huddle offense with a far faster tempo than Washington's inconsistent offense had in 2012. The offense ran 130 plays, by Sarkisian's count, in a little more than an hour of the first spring practice last week. Because Tuiasosopo knows the system so well, Sarkisian and Price think this is the ideal time to tweak the offense to hyper speed.