Washington: A team captain for 2004 ... returns as the starter at fullback ... one of the nation's top fullbacks ... picked as the nation's No. 1 fullback in the Sporting News college football preview, a member of the preseason All-Pac-10 first team and billed as the "best blocking back" in the conference ... a preseason All-American honorable mention at running back according to Street & Smith's magazine ... started his Husky career at outside linebacker ... excellent blocker and ball carrier in short-yardage situations ... a three-time letterwinner ... triple-threat player as a rusher, pass catcher and blocker ... older brother Marques is backup quarterback for the Oakland Raiders ... sister Leslie is assistant volleyball coach at Washington ... father was standout defensive lineman at UCLA and for Seattle Seahawks. 2003: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2003 ... played in 11 games and started eight times ... has started 18 times during his career ... rushed for 87 yards on 29 carries ... scored two touchdowns .. had 11 receptions for 132 yards ... rushed for season-high 17 yards in games vs. Indiana and Nevada ... caught a pair of passes for 43 yards vs. Indiana ... scored the first touchdown of his career against Idaho... had three catches in season finale vs. Washington State ... a three-time letterwinner ... presented the KING-TV Most Improved Offensive Player Award and the Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award at 2003 team banquet ... earned the "Big Hit" of the Week award for the Oregon game. 2002: Appeared in all 13 games in 2002 and started five times ... moved to offense after having played outside linebacker in 2001 ... finished the season with 36 yards on 15 carries and 50 yards on six receptions ... had easily his most prolific rushing day at ASU, when he ran for 18 yards on five carries ... lost only one yard all season ... his six receptions came in six different games ... long catch was a 19-yarder at Washington State. 2001: Backed up both outside linebacker positions ... made first-career start in Huskies' win over USC while junior Kai Ellis rehabilitated an injury to his knees ... had a career-best nine tackles in the game, including one for loss ... started four consecutive games before Ellis returned to the lineup at Arizona State ... ranked sixth on the team with 41 tackles and three tackles for loss ... also added a sack and two forced fumbles ... part of a Husky defense that did not allow a rushing touchdown until the team's fifth game of the season ... was twice honored as coaches' special teams MVP, for performances in punt and kickoff coverage against Arizona State and Washington State ... had six tackles against the Sun Devils ... turned the tide against Washington State with a forced fumble on a kickoff return just before the half, leading to a Husky field goal ... had two tackles for loss and first-career sack in Huskies' 31-28 come-from behind win against Arizona ... credited with four tackles and forced fumble in 42-28 win over 10th-ranked Stanford ... notched three tackles, including one for-loss, in Holiday Bowl loss to Texas ... younger brother of former Husky quarterback and current Oakland Raiders backup Marques Tuiasosopo. 2000: Redshirted the season ... was the Huskies' most-decorated defensive scout team player, twice earning Defensive Scout of the Week honors ... received the honor for the weeks prior to the Huskies' wins over Colorado and California ... was the only defensive scout to earn the honor twice in 2000.
High School and Personal: Born Dec. 19, 1981 ... parents are Tina and Manu ... played for coach Terry Agnew at Woodinville High School ... rushed for 1,055 yards, and recorded 44 total tackles and seven sacks in 1999 ... recorded 16 career sacks ... named to the Seattle Times' All-State team at defensive end ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" team ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Northwest Nuggets" team ... earned first-team honors with seven votes in Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" poll ... a member of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's "Elite 11" squad ... honorable mention selection to Orange County Register's "Fab 15" team ... two-time Woodinville HS Defensive Player of the Year ... as a junior in 1998, was an All-Eastside selection at defensive end, and an all-KingCo selection at tight end and defensive end ... selected to the Eastside Journal's All-Eastside team at defensive tackle ... a 1999 KingCo 3A first-team selection at running back and defensive end, and an honorable mention selection at punter ... PrepStar All-American at linebacker ... ranked #36 among USA prep linebackers by Rivals.com ... a Rivals.com Pacific West Top 60 selection ... ranked number six in the northwest by SuperPrep ... PrepStar's 12th-rated linebacker in the Western Region ... a member of Prep Football Report's All-West team ... also excelled in baseball at Woodinville ... was named to the all-tournament team at the 1998 16-and-under AAU National Championships ... batted .400 in KingCo conference in 1998 ... majoring in history.
Rushing Year G-S TC Yds. Lost Net Avg. TD LG 2002 13-5 15 35 1 34 2.3 0 7 2003 11-8 29 88 1 87 3.0 2 13 Totals 24-13 44 123 2 121 2.8 2 13
Receiving Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2002 13-5 6 50 8.3 0 19 2003 11-8 11 132 12.0 0 35 Totals 24-13 17 182 10.7 0 35
Defensive Statistics Year G-S Solo Asst. Tot. Loss FC FR PD Int. Sacks 2001 11-4 22 19 41 3-10 2 0-0 1 0-0 1-6
Tuiasosopo news and features:
Tui UW's most inspiring player - Seattle P-I (Nov. 23, 2004)
Tuiasosopo headed in right direction - Seattle Times (Sept. 15, 2004)
In the Trenches with Zach Tuiasosopo - gohuskies.com (Sept. 9, 2004)
Go 2 Guy: Huskies fullback plows straight ahead - Seattle Post-Intelligencer (April 23, 2004)