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November 25, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Trenton Tuiasosopo trying to get another year

Not much emanating from here today overall, but we did learn that middle linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo is petitioning the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility with hopes of returning next season.
Tuiasosopo missed all but two games of his true freshman season in 2004 with a knee injury. He then became a medical redshirt.
He then missed the entire 2005 season after suffering serious head injuries in a bike accident on campus (details here).
He has played regularly the last three seasons.
Sixth years are generally awarded for missing two entire seasons for events beyond a player’s control, not just simply redshirting once and then getting hurt later (as is the case with Jake Locker and why his case isn’t probable).
The return of Tuiasosopo would boost a defense that has eight other starters returning — the only seniors currently starting are defensive tackle Johnie Kirton and cornerback Mesphin Forrester.
Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell also met with reporters here today and said the play that decided the WSU game looked pretty much the same on film as it did at the time. “It was a play, an important play, and we didn’t make it,” he said. Later, he simply said that it was a two-minute drill practiced a number of times and that “we didn’t get it guided home.”
Donatell was asked about having moved Forrester from safety to cornerback before the season and said “no regrets there” noting that it was also a wish of Forrester’s to make the switch.
Donatell said he continues to believe the unit is improving. “There’s been some progress,” he said, noting an increase in turnovers, tackles for a loss and sacks of late.
He said the key has been the play of a lot of the young players, including some of the linemen, such as Everrette Thompson, Alameda Ta’amu and Senio Kelemete. He also again cited Craig Noble for praise.
“Someday you are going to say ‘they got them through that,”’ he said. “You can shape a group around that.”
Donatell said normally a bye week this late in the year might be used to help prepare a lot of the young players for next season. But noting the coaching change, he said that won’t be as much of a priority this season simply because the coaches who would be doing the evaluating won’t be around next year. “It may not have some of the same ramifications,” he said.
Donatell also said that he has not talked with Jim Mora about his future. Donatell was the defensive coordinator for Mora with the Atlanta Falcons from 2004-06. Many have speculated that Donatell could end up coaching next year with Mora, presumably with the Seahawks.

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