September 29, 2007

Tupou breaks through family's struggles

Christian Tupou heard his name called urgently, through the gruff voice of defensive coordinator Nick Holt.

"I came running: 'What, what, what, what!!??'" Tupou recalled.

"'You're getting in, you're getting in!! Right after this play!!'"

The true freshman defensive tackle would not redshirt after all. He ran on to the Coliseum field to help mop up USC's blowout victory against Washington State, as the Trojans improved to 3-0.

"Some people would have words for it like, 'It's special,'" Tupou said. "But for me, to come where I'm from - it's like a dream. Then you wake up and you start doing something, and you can't even remember it."

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