Jan. 17, 2006
SEATTLE - Five former members of the Washington football team are scheduled to participate in postseason All-Star games in January.
Offensive guard Tusi Sa'au and linebacker Evan Benjamin will appear in the 60th Annual Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii, on January 21, 2006. The two ex-Huskies will be coached by their former mentor, Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham, who will coach the West team under the game's East vs. West format. Auburn's Tommy Tuberville will coach the East team. The game will air live from Aloha Stadium on ESPN, beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.
Sa'au started in all 11 of Washington's games in 2005 at right guard. He played in 29 games and made 22 starts in his Husky career.
Benjamin, from Redmond High, started every game the last two seasons, as well as eight games in 2003 and three in 2002. He led the Huskies in tackles as both a junior and a senior, notching 105 in 2004 and 109 this past season.
Also on Saturday, two more former Dawgs will play in the 81st annual East-West Shrine Game, which will be held for the first time at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Defensive tackle Manase Hopoi and offensive tackle Joe Toledo will participate in the Shrine Game as a part of the West team coached by Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione. the game will be shown on ESPN2 Saturday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.
Hopoi started all 11 games for UW in 2005, recording 33 tackles, including 9.5 for loss. He also recorded five sacks, giving him 25 for his career - fourth-most in Husky history.
Toledo played in and started six games in 2005, splitting time between left and right tackle. He suffered an ankle sprain in the season opener that sidelined him for five games. The fifth-year senior spent his first four years at tight end, where he caught 19 passes for 202 yards as a junior in 2004.
Also participating in a postseason All-Star game was offensive tackle Robin Meadow. He played in the Las Vegas All-American Classic on January 14.
Meadow started 10 games for the Huskies in 2005, eight at right tackle and two at left tackle. He started 23 games during his career at Washington.
Additional Husky players could possible also appear in the Senior Bowl, Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. Rosters for that game will not be announced until Jan. 22.