Marques Tuiasosopo (Blair Angulo)

Former USC and UCLA assistant Marques Tuiasosopo joins Justin Wilcox at Cal as quarterbacks coach under Beau Baldwin

Cal is expected to bring on 2015 Scout Recruiter of the Year Marques Tuiasosopo as quarterbacks coach under offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin.

According to our UCLA site, Bruin Report Online, California has added another rising star to its coaching staff in Bruins quarterback coach and passing game coordinator Marques Tuiasosopo.

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1746722-beau-ld-stroke-bea... 'Tui' is expected to be named the Bears' quarterbacks coach, under new offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin. The 2015 Scout recruiter of the year has made stops at his alma mater, Washington, as well as USC and UCLA.

A Cal official could not confirm or deny the report, when reached for comment.

Tuiasosopo has deep roots in Washington. A two-sport star at Woodinville (Wash.), Tuiasosopo was picked in the 28th round of the 1997 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, but instead stayed in Seattle to play quarterback for the Huskies. Tuiasosopo is the son of former NFL defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo (who played for UCLA), brother of former Philadelphia Eagles fullback Zach and older brother to former Tacoma Rainier and current Atlanta Brave Matt Tuiasosopo. The brothers' older sister, Leslie, played volleyball for the Huskies, and is currently associate head coach for Washington women's volleyball. Younger sister Ashley played outfield for the Huskies softball team, winning the Women's College World Series in 2009.

After earning the Rose Bowl MVP for the Huskies in 2001, the 37-year old Tuiasosopo played for seven years in the NFL as a quarterback for the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

Tuiasosopo started his coaching career as a strength and conditioning assistant for the Huskies in 2009, and became a graduate assistant at UCLA in 2011, before moving up to coaching tight ends for the Bruins in 2012. Tuiasosopo returned to his alma mater in 2013 under Steve Sarkisian to coach quarterbacks, helping to develop and refine Keith Price

In the year before Tuiasosopo got his hands on him, Price completed 60.9% of his passes for 2,728 yards, with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions (3% of his total passing attempts). Under Tuiasosopo, he completed 66.2% of his passes for 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions (1.7% of his total passing attempts), while upping his yardage total to 2,966.

Once Sarkisian accepted the job at USC, Tuiasosopo became the interim head coach, winning the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl. 

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1746714-bttv-cal-coach-jus... After the 2013 season, Tuiasosopo followed Sarkisian to USC, as tight ends coach and associate head coach, from 2014-15, and then spent the last year in Westwood, where he had to preside over a chaotic quarterback situation that saw Josh Rosen go down with a shoulder injury against Arizona State on Oct. 8. Career backup Mike Fafaul was then thrust to the fore, and went 135-for-259 (52.1%) for 1,602 yards in eight games, with 12 touchdowns to 11 interceptions and 11 sacks taken. Fafaul had never started a game in his career, and, until coming on in relief of Rosen against the Sun Devils, had gone just 6-for-6 for 52 yards in three games, spread over four years.

Tuiasosopo will face a similar challenge with Cal's quarterbacks.

After the departure of graduate transfer senior Davis Webb (who will play in the Reese's Senior Bowl), the Bears are left with redshirt sophomore Ross Bowers, redshirt junior Chase Forrest, and redshirt freshmen Max Gilliam and Victor ViramontesChase Garbers will be entering in the fall.

"The coaches that we bring in here are going to be plenty capable," Wilcox said of the quarterback situation during his introductory press conference. "They're going to be very, very good coaches. It'll be a collaborative discussion on the positions, but I'm bringing them in here to coach their positions, to do their job, and obviously, we'll have discussions about those things, going forward. Total confidence in these guys that we're bringing in."

The last offensive staff position that needs be filled is running backs coach. Sources have mentioned both Ron Gould and former Cal receiver Burl Toler as possibilities, though neither has been in direct contact with Wilcox, sources say. Gould was relieved of his duties as head coach of UC Davis this season, but was the running backs coach at Cal for 15 years, producing NFL backs Adimchinobe EchemaanduJ.J. ArringtonMarshawn LynchJustin ForsettC.J. Anderson and Jahvid Best. Toler, who most recently worked for Fresno State as wide receivers coach, signed a month ago with the Aggies, but, a source said, his heart is in Berkeley. He served three seasons under Sonny Dykes as a special teams quality control assistant, assistant receivers coach and assistant running backs coach.


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