A Look Ahead: Quarterbacks

The quarterback position always gets the most attention. Sometimes it is warranted and a lot of time it is not. The position got more attention than normal this year because of the massive turnover for the Wildcats.

Starters Returning: Richard Kovalcheck, So. (67-136 880 yards 6 tds, 6 int)

Others Returning: Adam Austin, Jr.

Starters Lost: Kris Heavner, Jr. (transfer to Baylor)

Others Lost: Nic Costa, Sr. (transfer), Ryan O'Hara, Jr. (left program)

Recruits Added: William Tuitama will be the only scholarship player added, but the Cats may add a walk-on or two by fall.

2006 Plans: The Cats don't lose any QB's but will add one to further bolster the position.

2005 profile

William Tuitama
QB, 6-3, 215
St. Mary's HS, Stockton, CA

10th ranked quarterback in the nation

Description:Tuitama is a big, strong quarterback. He's got a cannon arm and is just mobile enough in the pocket. He won't remind anyone of Michael Vick, but he can avoid a sack and move around to buy time. He has a great feel for the game and nice touch on his passes.

Bio:Tuitama was not a huge name entering the summer as he split time as a junior. Despite not being a full-time starter he passed for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had a great summer at the camps and combines and attracted the interest of Arizona. He committed over the summer and was the first player in the class. He led his team to the championships and was unbelievable in the playoff run. Wildcat assistant coach Mike Tuiasasopo is Tuitama's second cousin and used to coach at St. Mary's.

2005 Outlook:Tuitama will have a lot to learn and despite the hype it will next to impossible for him to unseat Richard Kovalcheck. Odds are that Tuitama will be No. 2 quarterback, but will only be used if Kovalcheck goes down for an extended amount of time.

Quote: "I'm kind of like Peyton Manning. I prefer to drop back and read defenses. My arm is pretty strong." --William Tuitama

Mike Canales Says: "He's (William Tuitama) got ‘it'. He's what you're looking for in every quarterback. He's mentally and physically tough. He's intelligent. He has great football awareness. He's competitive. He guided his team to the state championship.

"He has as good an arm as anyone. He's mobile enough to move in the pocket, and he'll make all the throws. Great leader. I was so impressed with how he handled himself. He makes the players around him play above their potential. The players around him perform at another level. I'm so excited to get him here in June. It's going to be exciting to get him here."


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