Friday, July 17, 2009

Tauiliili Out to Prove Doubters Wrong

Mike Tauiliili
was suspended for the first game of the season in 2007, and had 13.0 tackles for loss this past season with four sacks and three interceptions. A big-time recruit at Duke under his former name, Mike Brown, he changed his name to Tauiliili because of his maternal great, great, great grandfather, a Samoan high chief. He was a first-team freshman All-America, a three-year starter, and while his size (5-feet-11, 235 pounds) isn’t prototypical NFL, it perhaps not coincidentally is exactly the size of Brackett, who went undrafted from Rutgers in 2003. He was the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the East-West Shrine game. Outlook: Although the Colts have depth at linebacker, Tauliili was too productive in college to be overlooked in training camp.