Few players in recent Washington football history are as beloved as former quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. Although that may have changed slightly now that the 33-year-old is working for a conference rival.
Tuiasosopo, four years removed from an eight-year career as a backup NFL quarterback, is in his first season as the tight ends coach at UCLA. He was an assistant strength coach for both Washington (2009-2010) and the Bruins (2011) before taking on his current position.
During his playing career, Tuiasosopo was one of the more successful and prolific signal callers in Washington history — no small feat for a program that has seen its fair share of them. He led the Huskies to the 2000 Pac-10 title and a win in the 2001 Rose Bowl, where he was the game’s MVP.
He also remains the only player in FBS history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 300 yards in the same game, a feat he accomplished against Stanford in 1999.
Tuiasosopo will not coach against his alma mater in 2012 as Washington is not on UCLA’s schedule. Washington hosts No. 11 USC on Saturday. Marques Tuiasosopo profile