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Willie Tuitama
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 18, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 2L... A healthy Tuitama is a key for his maturation in 2007 as a quarterback of record at Arizona... Spring ball was all-systems-go... His 2006 season was abbreviated by hits to the head at LSU, vs. UCLA and ASU, effectively causing him to miss much of five games... First play of the game at LSU drew a roughing the passer penalty but also changed the complexion of his season... Completed 56 percent, throwing for 1,335 yards and seven scores on the year... Career-high 24 completions on career-high 41 attempts against Washington, with 308 yards... Career-long 78-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson at WSU... Opened Oregon victory with eight-for-nine passing and two scores to post career-best single-game 274.22 pass efficiency rating, then sat down for second half... Had 93 consecutive passes thrown without an interception bridging the 2006-07 seasons, a game shy of UA record of 128...  Clearly one of the top themes in UA football for 2005 was his emergence in the seventh game of the year and his leadership and play the rest of the way...

Came out of a planned redshirt year to play in five and start the final four games, providing an immediate team-wide spark... Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors in that short span from The Sporting News ... Finished with a 58 percent completion rate, hitting 82 of 142 attempts for nine scores and 1,105 yards... His 136.99 pass efficiency rating stacks up as No. 6 in UA history... Led the Cats to victory with career-best 335 yards passing in his first start on the road at Oregon State and a week later over No. 7-ranked UCLA with a 204-yard effort... In his first action off the bench vs. No. 15 Oregon, he completed 18 of 34 throws for two scores and 182 yards... Threw season-long bomb of 75 yards to Mike Thomas for a score at OSU and a 68-yarder to Anthony Johnson  to set up another score against the Beavs...  Season highs of 21 completions, 42 attempts and 3 INT vs. Washington... Was the lone quarterback signee in the class of 2005...


High School: SuperPrep All-America, rated its No. 16 quarterback... PrepStar All-America honors... Rivals four-star rating and No. 5 at quarterback, plus listed the No. 16 recruit in the state... Received votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Poll ... Cal-Hi Sports third-team All-State... four-star and No. 10 QB ranking... Senior year he completed 158 of 254 passes for 2,734 yards and phenomenal 32 touchdowns, with only 7 interceptions... Led Stockton St. Mary’s to California’s Division I sectional championship, beating Nevada Union of Grass Valley, Calif., 50-45 with Tuitama completing his last 11 passes. He had no incompletions in the second half... Team finished 13-1 and Tuitama led the league in passing yards, completing 17 of 23 passes for career highs of 312 yards and five touchdowns in his final prep game...  Max Emfinger top 30 dropback QB list with 4.5 stars... No. 12 QB prospect nationally... Two-year letterman in football and once in baseball... Senior team  captain...


Personal: Academic major is communication... Son of Lui and Nancy Tuitama of Stockton... Parents are University of the Pacific graduates... Dad is a broker and mom is a travel agent... Boys Senate honors in school... Volunteered as a Pop Warner assistant coach and also a volunteer elementary teacher’s aide... Older sister, Tiare, played volleyball at Cal State Los Angeles... Relative of former UA tight end Brandon Manumaleuna of the St. Louis Rams, former USC All-American and All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau of the Miami Dolphins, and former ASU star Junior Ah’You...  Like video games, poker and playing golf...  Full name Willie Coonley Savea Tuitama... Date of birth: Jan. 13, 1987, in Stockton, Calif.


Tuitama’s Career Totals

Year G-GS Att.-Comp.-Int. Yards TD Pct.


2005 5-4 142-82-5 1105 9 57.7 136.99
2006 10-9 211-118-6 1335 7 55.9 114.33
2007 - - - - - -
2008 - - - - - -
Totals 15-13 353-200-11 2440 16 56.7 123.40

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