Fatu Turituri hails from American Samoa and later attended a school in California. He said he didn't like it at Los Angeles Harbor College and later enrolled in a junior college in Utah. He to also expressed admiration for McBride, who recruited him to UK. Western Samoans and American Samoans distinguish themselves by a tattoo on the left shoulder. Turituri said that is their form of circumcision. His father was from Western Samoa.
Turituri made a big splash last spring at left guard and was a piece of an O-line that had a lot of cohesion at that time, despite its shortcomings Then came the exodus of Aaron Miller, which left a void at left tackle. "When I returned last fall, I was shocked when told I would be moving to left tackle," Turituri lamented. "I took one for the team." This meant that he knew he would be shooting a short stick size wise but he's a team player, he said. The young man is on pins and needles with that fear hanging over his head this season. You see, Miller is in summer school with his eligibility hanging in the balance.
"Coaches told me after the spring semester that I might have to play tackle again. I told them please don't mess up my season."
Technique-wise and leadership-wise, Turituri was head and shoulders above during 2005 spring practice. Being technically sound is one of the factors that helped him survive last season. He said Florida defensive end Jeremy Mincey and Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil gave him the most trouble during the season. Dumervil was tough because he was so short and quick. "I gave up a sack to him due to the fact it was so hard to get under his pads.
Turituri suffered a season ending knee injury last year and has rehabbed it well. He has been medically released for full scale duty in August. He said going against U of L's line is different than the SEC lines. Their d-lines are not as big but very quick and the same across the whole team.