Position:DT Class: Sr School:
Wash. St. Conference:
Pac-10 Ht., Wt.: 6'4, 330 40 Time: 5.41 Grade: 3.26
BIO: Tackling numbers were 25/5.5/2.5 as a senior after only 11/0/4 the prior season when he did not start a game.
POSITIVES: Big, powerful lineman that may have finally seen the light as a senior. Strong, plays with leverage and tough to move off the point. Commands double teams and an imposing figure that stands out. Improved his effort tenfold last year.
NEGATIVES: Lacks the great first step off the snap, not nifty and best in a straight line. Limited pass-rush skills.
ANALYSIS: Known as a laid-back but likable team member, Tupai seemed to develop some fire in his game last year. Can be a tough prospect to handle and offers a good degree of upside for the next level but must continue to progress and give top effort.