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March 23, 2009 at 12:05 PM

The Top 10 Huskies — Number Seven

We continue with another linebacker, evidence that that group could be a real strength for this team in 2009 — Trenton Tuiasiosopo.
Tuiasosopo began the 2008 season as a backup MLB behind Donald Butler, then moved into the starting lineup after the fourth game when Butler was injured, and stayed in it when Butler returned and move to the strongside OLB spot, replacing Josh Gage.
That trio seemed to work a little better with Tuiasosopo providing a sturdy presence against the run — he finished with 71 tackles, third on the team, and also had the longest interception return of the season for the Huskies, a 33-yarder against UCLA that set up an early touchdown.
Tuiasosopo is a member of the Class of 2004 and listed as a senior last season, but was granted a sixth year after missing essentially two straight years due to injury to start his career.
His return means every linebacker from last year is back except for backup Chris Stevens.
And as mentioned in the previous entry on E.J. Savannah, one of the more intriguing aspects of what will be a very intriguing spring is seeing how the linebacker competition unfolds with what are four full-time starters returning, if you include Savannah.
As for Tuiasosopo, his return allows him to be a rare player who was initially recruited by Rick Neuheisel, played for coaches Keith Gilberton and Tyrone Willingham and will now play for Steve Sarkisian.
PREVIOUS ENTRIES
Number eight — LB E.J. Savannah
Number nine —- TE Kavario Middleton
Number 10 — DE Everrette Thompson.

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