UTAH: Could be the best offensive tackle in the Mountain West Conference ... has started at left tackle since his freshman year ... athletic, mobile player was a safety in high school who grew into offensive line stature while on an LDS church mission to Tucson, Ariz. (2000-02) ... quickness creates match-up problems for opposing defenses ... Athlon Sports picked him for its preseason all-MWC first team.
2005-Second-team all-conference offensive lineman started all 12 games at left tackle ... participated in 832 plays ... 27 knockdowns and 5 pancake blocks ... led Utes with 7 knockdowns vs. Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl ... also had 3 cuts vs. the Yellow Jackets ... 8 cuts vs. New Mexico was the most by a Ute all season ... 6 cuts vs. UNLV and 5 cuts against both BYU (in just 40 plays) and Utah State ... 4 knockdowns against Arizona.
2004-Started all 12 games at left tackle ... in regular season games, participated in 760 plays (third most among Utah's offensive linemen) ... averaged 69.1 plays per game ... 32 total knockdowns ... season-best 10 knockdowns against BYU ... 4 knockdowns against CSU and North Carolina ... elected to the Utah Football Leadership Committee.
2003-Played in 11 games and started last nine at left tackle ... despite not playing against Texas A&M, led the team with 47 knockdowns in the regular season... average grade was 80% ... 9 knockdowns vs. UNLV was the best for a Ute offensive lineman all season ... 8 knockdowns against Cal ... named team's co-offensive line player of the game vs. Air Force and Wyoming ... graded out at 94% vs. AFA. 2002-Redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-state as a senior in 1998 ... Kahuku High was 1998 state runner-up ... lettered four years in football and basketball ... honor roll.
PERSONAL: Son of Vaenuku and Saineha Tupola ... married (Andria) ... sociology major ... full name is Tavo Tupola-Toatai ... name is pronounced tah-vo too-poll-a ... born Dec. 23, 1980.