Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pac-10 Spring Breakout Players

Every spring, a handful of players make names for themselves. Here are some Poly's making names for themselves this spring in the Pac-10.


The sophomore can play fullback, tailback or tight end. At 6-foot-2, 258 pounds, he packs a punch. “He’s very physical,” Littrell said. “That’s one of the things we had to work on last year when he first got here, being more physical. He’s really taken on that role and he’s taking the coaching well.” Tutogi has electrified the mood of the offense — as well as fans during the spring game.

DT Sione Tuihalamaka

Not a lot has been written about the redshirt freshman, but he had a great spring and will enter fall camp as the starter at defensive tackle. Tuihalamaka has put on a ton of muscle since arriving in Tucson and at the very least will be in the mix for reps on the interior defensive line. His move up the depth chart "pleasantly surprised" Kish, but the hulking defensive tackle has the size and ability to play right away. The younger brother of defensive end Apaiata Tuihalamaka and cousin of former UA linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka impressed coaches with his quick hands and footwork.


Cal running back Isi Sofele impressed during Saturday's scrimmage by rushing for 51 yards on eight carries.  He flashed his explosiveness with a long punt return for a touchdown but it was called back by a penalty. The diminutive sophomore (5-foot-7) is still in the running for the backup running back spot for the Bears.  He played in all 13 games last year and had 12 carries for 82 yards and one touchdown.  While he isn't the big name of some of the others in the running, he might just edge them out for the reps behind Shane Vereen.


The 6-foot-8, 244-pound redshirt freshman showed good speed and good hands during the spring, and he is difficult to cover. Expect his playing time to increase as the 2010 season wears on." Toilolo has really separated himself from the rest," coach Harbaugh said.

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