The Bruins and Cardinal will square off for the second time in six days on Friday.
Bruin football team looking for sixth-straight victory.
Bruins and Trojans set for a Noon kickoff at the Rose Bowl.
Game to air live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. (PST).
Bruins and Wildcats to square off at 7:30 p.m.
The Bruin Report for 12-24-11 featured football guests Joseph Fauria, Kevin Prince, Marques Tuiasosopo and Jim Mora
Marques Tuiasosopo, former standout performer at the University of Washington and in the NFL, is set to begin his first season as a collegiate coach and will work with the UCLA Y receivers (tight ends). He was an intern in the UCLA football office in 2011 before being elevated to a full-time position, as quarterbacks coach, for the Kraft Fight Hunger bowl game.
An outstanding quarterback at the University of Washington, he became the first player in NCAA history to pass for over 300 yards (302) and run for over 200 yards (207)in a 1999 game versus Stanford. He led the Huskies to the 2000 Pac-10 title and a trip to the 2001 Rose Bowl game. Washington defeated Purdue, 34-24, in the New Year's Classic and Tuiasosopo was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game. He finished eighth in the voting for the 2000 Heisman Trophy. Marques was also selected as the Pac-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and as the league's first-team all-conference quarterback.
Tuiososopo served as team captain of the Huskies for both his senior and junior seasons and started 27 games. He finished his career with a Washington school record for total offense and compiled 1,495 career rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns, while passing for 5,879 yards and 33 touchdowns. Tuisasosopo was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick in his junior season and a multiple year honorable mention all-conference academic team selection. In 1997, he became the first true freshman to start a game at quarterback for Washington in a game versus Oregon.
Tuiasosopo went on to be selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and played in the NFL for eight seasons. He spent seven seasons with the Raiders (2001-2006, 2008) and one with the New York Jets (2007). He appeared in 13 games with the Raiders over the years while competing with the likes of Rich Gannon, Kerry Collins and Aaron Brooks.
Also a standout on the baseball field, Marques was selected in the 28th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins. His dad, Manu, was a defensive lineman at UCLA who earned first-team all-conference honors in 1976-78. Manu went on to play in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. The family ties to UCLA football also include cousins, Terry and John Tautolo, who each played at UCLA and then in the NFL.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- Northwest and San Diego.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's Degree from the Foster School of Business at Washington ('01); At UCLA: First year (joined the staff in December of 2011); Born: March 22, 1979. Family: Marques and his wife Lisa (a former volleyball player for North Carolina) have two sons, Brayden and Bryce, and are expecting a baby girl in June, 2012.
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