October 3, 2007

No redshirt for Kaniela Tuipulotu

When most defensive tackles arrive in college as freshmen, it's usually assumed that they'll redshirt. When that team starts two seniors at the position, the chances of earning playing time as a true freshman further diminish.

That's why Kaniela Tuipulotu's appearance in last Saturday night's 48-20 Arizona victory over Washington State comes as such as a surprise. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound tackle from Kahuku (Hawaii) played briefly against NAU, but was still expected to redshirt this season.

However, towards the end of the WSU game, the UA coaches ended that possibility and sent him into the game.

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