Marques Tuiasosopo will coach the University of Washington football team in its upcoming bowl game, the school said Wednesday.
The Huskies MVP of the 2001 Rose Bowl is in his first year as UW’s quarterback’s coach, serving the regular season as mentor to fifth-year senior quarterback Keith Price.
Tuiasosopo played eight seasons in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and Jets, primarily as a backup quarterback, then became UW’s assistant strength coach during the 2009-10 seasons. He spent two years at UCLA (2011-12), one as a grad assistant, one as a tight ends coach, before former UW coach Steve Sarkisian officially brought him back to Montlake Dec. 29, 2012.
Tuiasosopo, 34, was a versatile dual-threat quarterback for the Huskies from 1997-2000: He threw for 5,879 yards and 33 touchdowns and ran for 1,495 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns during his UW career.
A native of Woodinville, Tuiasosopo met with UW athletic director Scott Woodward early Wednesday. The players learned about the move Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies, who finished their season 8-4 (5-4 Pac-12), find out Sunday what bowl game they are headed to.