Jan. 24, 2005
SEATTLE - Former Washington football players Khalif Barnes and Zach Tuiasosopo are scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl all-star football game this Saturday, Jan. 29, in Mobile, Ala. The game will be televised live on ESPN2, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.
Both Barnes and Tuiasospo will compete for the North team, which will be coached by Norv Turner and the Oakland Raiders' coaching staff. Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff will oversee the South team.
The players will participate in practices today through Friday under the watchful eye of scouts and coaches from every NFL team.
Barnes, an offensive tackle from Spring Valley, Calif., and Tuiasosopo, a fullback from Woodinville, Wash., were both captains of the 2005 Husky football team. Both, however, also had their senior seasons cut short by 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.
Barnes had started every game of his college career prior to breaking a wrist in practice prior to the sixth game of the season (vs. Oregon State). Before the injury, he had started all 42 games of his UW career.
Barnes was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 2003 and was picked as a preseason first-teamer by several publications prior to the 2004 season. He originally came to the UW as a defensive lineman and spent his redshirt year in 2000 on the defensive side before switching to offensive tackle before the 2001 season.