2003 All-Sun Belt Conference (second team) Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week (9-29-03)
Quickly: Last name is pronounced Too-pay-uh... Started eight games at nose guard and four at tackle in 2003 and is listed as the starter at tackle heading into 2004... His 30 consecutive and total starts top the team.
2003 (Jr.): Earned second-team all-Sun Belt Conference honors... Named the team's most outstanding defensive lineman... Earned Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording six tackles, including three sacks while also recovering a fumble against UL-Monroe... Made 35 tackles on the season... Had eight tackles for loss, including six sacks, which ranked tied for first in the conference... Recovered two fumbles and forced two others... Best tackle game was seven at New Mexico State, while recording six against ULM and Troy State.
2002 (So.): Named the team's most outstanding defensive lineman... Started all 11 games at defensive tackle... Finished the year with 29 stops, third among Aggie defensive linemen... Had season-best five tackles against Middle Tennessee in the last game of the year... Had four tackles in four other games... Had three tackles for loss on the year, including a sack against Idaho State.
2001 (Fr.): Started the final seven games of the year... Recorded 23 tackles on the season, including one for loss... Best game statistically was his six-tackle game against Idaho State... Also had three stops against South Florida... Shared the team's top freshman of the year honor with Robert Watts.
High School: A two-time all-state selection as a junior and senior... Earned honorable mention all-region honors as a sophomore... Played tight end and defensive end... Averaged 21 yards per reception as a tight end and made 95 tackles, two sacks and had three pass deflections on defense his senior year... Also played basketball and baseball.
Personal: Born Jan. 17, 1982 in Seattle, Wash... Son of Itula and Francella Tupea... Has three brothers and one sister... Two brothers played junior college football, including Elliott, who was a junior college All-American at Dixie (Utah) JC and is now at USU... Wants to major in physical therapy or dentistry... Hobbies include all sports... He and his wife Sala have three children.