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    Taitusi Lutui
    Taitusi Lutui

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Mesa, AZ

    High School:
    Mesa

    Last College:
    Snow JC

    Height / Weight:
    6-6 / 365

    Position:
    OT

    Experience:
    JC

    2005: Lutui, a 2004 starter, will battle for starting time at right offensive tackle as a senior in 2005.

    2004: Lutui, who came to USC in the fall of 2005 as a heralded junior college transfer, started all season at right offensive tackle as a junior in 2004 and did a fine job.

    JUNIOR COLLEGE: He was named to the 2003 J.C. Grid-Wire All-American first team, National Junior College Athletic Association All-American first team, Super Prep JUCO 100 and All-Western States Football League first team as a sophomore offensive lineman at Snow Junior College in Ephraim (Utah). Snow went 9-1 and tied for fourth in the final NJCAA poll.

    He spent his 2002 freshman season at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College.

    He originally signed with Utah in 2002, but did not qualify for admission.

    HIGH SCHOOL: As a senior two-way lineman at Mesa (Ariz.) High in 2001, he was a Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest, All-State, All-Region and All-Conference selection.

    As a junior in 2000, he made All-State, All-Region and All-Conference.

    PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. He was married in July of 2004 and his wife's name is Pua. Their son, Inoke Liuaki Moeltau ("Return a champion"), was born on Jan. 5, 2005, the day after USC's win in the 2005 Orange Bowl. His brother, Sam, was an assistant football coach at Southern Utah, where he also started on the line in 1995 and 1996. He is related to current BYU players T.J. Sitake and David Tafuna and former Cougar Ofa Mohetau. His nickname is "Deuce". He was born in Ha'api, Tonga.

    TAITUSI LUTUI ON:

    His size:
    "I have always been one big boy. When I want to, I can eat. I'm trying to cut down, but I love my rice and those carbs."

    Surviving an auto accident when he was 6 years old that killed his sister and disabled his father:
    "It was a trauma for all of us. I was determined after that to make something of my life. My parents were hurt, but I felt they had brought us to this country for a purpose...As a teenager, I had to take care of the family. I was the one paying the bills. My parents, coming from the Tongan Islands, weren't too familiar with the American system."