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Tuiasosopo to return to Washington?

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm with No Comments »
December 29, 2012 3:07 pm

Update 3:06 p.m.: Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR is reporting that Marques Tuiasosopo has been hired as the quarterbacks coach.

A report over at footballscoop.com says that Washington has offered the position of quarterbacks coach to former UW quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo.

Tuiasosopo has numerous logical ties to the school. In addition to his playing career and the Seattle area being his home, he was an assistant strength coach in 2009 under Steve Sarkisian. His role included charting plays on the sideline during games. He left to join UCLA as an intern in Dec. 2011. He moved up to a position as the Bruins’ tight ends coach under Jim Mora this season.

Tuiasosopo was also responsible for recruiting in the Northwest and San Diego for the Bruins.

There has been a lot of speculation that Washington could hire a quarterbacks coach and move offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Eric Kiesau to wide receivers coach. Kiesau was wide receivers coach and pass game coordinator at Cal prior to coming to Washington.

Also a quirk in all this is Keith Price’s reliance on former quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier, who is now the offensive coordinator at Alabama. Tuiasosopo was around when Nussmeier was working with Price early on to alter his throwing motion and teaching him aspects of the offense. Price said he called Nussmeier every week last season to discuss his performances. So, Tuiasosopo would be a hire that could bring his own expertise in addition to having an understanding of where Price was with Nussmeier.

Keep in mind these are just rumors, at the moment. Nothing official from the school about any coaching movement.

 

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