Pacific Islander football players reign both the offensive and defensive lines, either to protect or blitz the quarterback. They often are trademarked by their large physique and natural aggressiveness. But what happens when these Pacific Islander traits, coupled with natural leadership skills, manifest itself in the form of a quarterback? Waiiiiiiit, hold up.
Out of Honolulu Hawaii come two standout quarterbacks that represent the Pac-12 Dynasty. Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is not only a worthy candidate for the Heisman trophy but a recognizable leader on the field. The Hawaii native has broken multiple school records and leads the country in passing efficiency. Before his commitment to the green and yellow jersey, Mariota was crowned ‘Combine King’, ‘Fastest Man’ and ‘Quarterback MVP’ at the 2010 National Underclassmen Combine. Mariota sets the standards high for USC freshman quarterback, Larry Tuileta, who is already in a lane of his own.
Not only is Tuileta an important asset to the Trojan football program but also an outside hitter for the USC men’s volleyball team. Tuileta represented Punahou High School in several National Championship games, claiming Division titles and State crowns for his alma mater.Tuileta is not only a fierce competitor but also a philanthropist to his community. An active volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Tuileta dedicates his free time to serving local food banks, homeless shelters and is a youth volleyball coach.
Both these men are the epitome of a true athlete. Oregon will battle UCLA on LA’s turf this Saturday as USC will take on the Arizona Wildcats. Good luck to both quarterbacks and be sure to check out what they do this Saturday on FOX Sports.
Written By: Tonga Fakalata