Jan. 12, 2005
SEATTLE - Two former members of the Washington football program are scheduled to participate in postseason All-Star games in coming two weekends.
Husky fullback Zach Tuiasosopo will appear in the 80th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 15 at SBC Park in San Francisco. Tuiasosopo, playing for the West team, will be coached by Oregon State's Mike Riley. Proceeds from the East-West Shrine Game go to the 22 Shriner's Hospitals for Children.
The game will air live on ESPN this Saturday, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Husky senior wide receiver Charles Frederick will travel to Maui for the Hula Bowl scheduled for January 22 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The 59th Annual Hula Bowl will be played at War Memorial Stadium in Maui in another east-against-west format. Oregon's Mike Bellotti will coach Frederick and the West team while Georgia's Mark Richt will coach the East. The game will also air live on ESPN.
Both players will be looking to improve their status in the eyes of NFL scouts as both missed significant portions of their senior season due to injury.
Tuiasosopo broke his leg in the third game of the season at Notre Dame and never returned to action. The 2004 co-captain began his UW career as a linebacker, but moved to fullback prior to the 2002 season. Before his injury last September, he'd carried the ball five times for 62 yards (including a 50-yard run vs. Fresno State) and caught five passes for 47 yards.
Prior to the season, Tuiasosopo was named the nation's top fullback by The Sporting News. Despite having appeared in only three games, he nonetheless was honored with the UW's oldest team trophy, the Guy Flaherty Award, at the team's awards banquet. The Flaherty Award is given to the team's most inspirational player.
Frederick played in only four of 11 games in 2004 due to a hamstring injury. Also a co-captain, he caught 17 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown for the season.
Frederick finished his career with 121 catches for 1,735 yards and five scores. He also returned 63 punts for 699 yards and two scores over his career. He ranks sixth in UW history in receptions, seventh in receiving yards, seventh in all-purpose yards (3,787). He also holds the school records for career kickoff returns (72).
Additional Husky players may also be appearing in the Senior Bowl, Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala. Rosters for that game will not be announced until Jan. 23.