Quickly: Last name is pronounced Too-Pay-Uh... After starting at right tackle in 2003, has been moved to right guard for 2004... Spent the spring of 2002 at San Jose State before deciding to transfer... Was in Logan for spring drills in 2003.
2003 (Jr.): Started 10 of 12 games on the season at right tackle... Started the first four contests before giving way to Brenen Burningham for two games... Returned to start the final six games.
Junior College: Was a two-time all-conference selection at Dixie State (Utah) Junior College... Played tackle as a freshman and guard as a sophomore.
High School: In high school he was a two-time all-state and all-region selection... Also competed in the shot put and discus in track.
Personal: Born Sept. 26, 1979 in Fort Lewis, Wash... Son of Itula and Francella Tupea... Has three brothers and one sister... Brother Ronald is a starter on the USU football team, while brother Kenneth played at Dixie State.