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September 5, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Tui time

One UW player who earned significant praise from Husky coaches today is middle linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo, who got the first start of his career Friday against Syracuse and responded with four tackles.
“He’s steadily improved,” said linebackers coach Chris Tormey. “He’s always has the physical tools and now he’s started to put it together, reading his keys and being focused and taking one play at a time. The last three weeks he’s really come a long ways.”
That’s not to mention how far he’s come the last few years. Tuiasosopo suffered serious head injuries in a bike accident in 2005 (here’s a story I wrote on that last year).
“He was in critical condition,” Tormey remembered today. “The first concern was for his life. It was dicey the first day or so. Then it was whether he would be able to play again or not.”
He returned last season, however, and moved into a starting role last week due in part to a knee injury to Donald Butler. I talked to Tuiasosopo after the win in Syracuse and he was beaming, talking about how thankful he was to be back on the field in a key role. “It’s been a long road,” he said.
Tuiasosopo said he thought one key to his improved play is that he put on about 10 pounds over the summer, and now weighs 245 pounds, while keeping his speed the same.
“I wanted to maintain the speed,” he said. “So far, so good.”
Tormey said it is likely that Tuiasosopo and Butler will remain in a rotation for the time being. Butler saw significant time against Syracuse and finished with six tackles.
“I think so,” Tormey said. “You’d like to be able to play two players at every position. That’s good for them. The starter knows he has to play well to keep his job and the backup knows he is going to play. The competition just makes everybody better.”

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