Marques Tuiasosopo

Tuiasosopo returning to Washington as QBs coach


One of the greatest players, let alone quarterbacks, in the history of the Washington football program is coming home.  Again.

Following up on speculation that had been percolating over the past day or so, UW confirmed via a press release Saturday night that Marques Tuiasosopo has been hired as the Huskies’ new quarterbacks coach.  Tuiasosopo had spent the past two seasons at UCLA.

“I’m very excited to come back home to coach where I played and to help Coach Sarkisian continue to bring the Huskies back to where we belong: at the top of the Pac-12, in the Rose Bowl and competing for championships,” Tuiasosopo said in comments released by the school. “I’m also happy to be coaching the position I love.

“I’m very grateful to Jim Mora and UCLA for giving me the opportunity to get my first full-time coaching job.”

Current UW quarterbacks coach Eric Kiesau will move over to coach wide receivers — replacing Jimmie Dougherty, who left to become the offensive coordinator at San Jose State — while also retaining his coordinator duties.

Tuiasosopo spent 2009 and 2010 as an assistant strength coach at UW before leaving for the Bruins.  He was a grad assistant at the alma mater of his father — underrated former NFL player Manu Tuiasosopo — in 2011 before being promoted to tight ends coach in 2012.

It was at UW, though, that the son matched and even surpassed dad’s notoriety.

From 1997-2000, Tuiasosopo set the Huskies’ career mark for total offense.  After being named as the Pac-10’s Offensive Player of the Year in his last season at UW, Tuiasosopo went on to spend eight seasons as mainly a backup quarterback in the NFL.

“Marques is a Husky football legend,” UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said, “and we’re excited to welcome him back home to Washington.

“He brings a high level of expertise about the quarterback position which will be of great benefit to our program.”

Sarkisian still has one hole left on his staff to fill as running backs coach Joel Thomas left for the same position at Arkansas.

Rutgers reinstates WR Leonte Carroo to football team

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28:  Wide receiver Leonte Carroo #4 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights makes a touchdown catch on the first play of the game against the Washington State Cougars at CenturyLink Field on August 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.

In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program.  The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”

The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend.  Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.

Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension.  He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.

Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns.  He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.

Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).

Pig Howard dismissed by Vols

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 5: Pig Howard #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers fumbles the ball through the end zone during overtime of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.

On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program.  Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.

Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before.  It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.

Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina.  He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.

The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively.  He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.