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    Christian Tupou
    Christian Tupou

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    Sacramento

    High School:
    Grant

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 300

    Position:
    DT

    Birthdate:
    05/07/1989

    Experience:
    3V

    03/05/2012

    USC Football Spring Practice Starts Tuesday

    Trojans looking to take care of "unfinished business."

    12/05/2011

    Matt Barkley Named USC MVP

    Christian Tupou wins Most Inspirational.

    11/28/2011

    Seven Trojan Footballers Make All-Pac-12 First Team

    Lee, Bailey named Freshmen of the Year.

    CAREER: He has 37 career tackles, including 7 for losses (with 1.5 sacks). He has 21 career starts.

    2011: Tupou, who missed the 2010 season with an injury after starting the 2 previous years, will look to resume his starting defensive tackle role as a senior in 2011. He likely will miss 2011 spring practice while recuperating from a 2010 knee injury.

    2010: Tupou was set to anchor the line in 2010 as a senior tackle starting for his third year. But he tore ligaments in his left knee in USC's spring game that concluded 2010 spring drills, so he redshirted while sidelined in 2010. He won USC's Courage Award and USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award.

    2009: Tupou started at nose tackle for his second season as a junior in 2009. Overall in 2009 while appearing in all 13 games (and starting all but Notre Dame and Oregon State), he had 25 tackles, including 4 for losses (with 1.5 sacks), and 2 forced fumbles. He made 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and won USC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year Award and Bob Chandler Award.

    He had 1 tackle each against San Jose State and Ohio State, then 3 tackles (including 2 for losses, with a sack) and a forced fumble at Washington. He added 2 stops (0.5 sack) against Washington State, 2 tackles at California, 4 tackles at Oregon and 3 tackles and forced a fumble that USC recovered at Arizona State. He had 1 tackle each against UCLA and Arizona. He had a team-best 7 tackles (including 1.5 for losses) against Boston College.

    2008: Tupou more than held his own in his 2008 sophomore season as he started USC's last 10 games at nose tackle after serving as an often-used backup there in the first 3 contests. Overall in 13 games in 2008, he had 12 tackles, including 3 for losses of 7 yards, and a deflection. He had 3 tackles versus California and 2 each against Arizona State, Notre Dame, UCLA (with a deflection) and Penn State.

    2007: Tupou saw brief action in 4 games (Washington State, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Illinois) as a reserve defensive tackle as a first-year freshman in 2007. He did not make a tackle. He won USC's John McKay Award and Service Team Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    HIGH SCHOOL: His 2006 honors included Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team and Sacramento Bee Defensive MVP as a senior defensive end and fullback at Grant High in Sacramento (Calif.). He had 82 tackles and 5 sacks in 2006 as Grant went 13-0.

    As a junior in 2005, he was All-Area, All-City and All-League as he had 85 tackles, 16 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.

    He had 26 tackles and 9 sacks as a 2004 sophomore.

    He also played basketball at Grant.

    PERSONAL: He is a political science major at USC with a B- average (2.79 GPA). He made 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. His brother, Fenuki, was an offensive tackle at Oregon (2007-08) who now plays with the Philadelphia Eagles.

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
    2008 (So.)... 12 3/7 1 0
    2009 (Jr.)... 25 4/15 0 0
    CAREER....... 37 7/22 1 0

    GAME-BY-GAME WITH CHRISTIAN TUPOU

    2009

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
    San Jose St.* 1 0/0 0 0
    Ohio State* 1 0/0 0 0
    Washington* 3 2/3 0 0
    Wash. St.* 2 0.5/0 0 0
    California* 2 0/0 0 0
    Oregon * 4 0/0 0 0
    Arizona St.* 3 0/0 0 0
    UCLA* 1 0/0 0 0
    Arizona* 1 0/0 0 0
    Bost. Col. (EB)* 7 1.5/12 0 0
    2009 (Jr.)... 25 4/15 0 0

    2008

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
    Oregon St. 1 0/0 0 0
    Arizona St.* 2 1/2 0 0
    California* 3 1/2 0 0
    Notre Dame* 2 1/3 0 0
    UCLA* 2 0/0 1 0
    Penn St. (RB)* 2 0/0 0 0
    2008 (So.)... 12 3/7 1 0
    *Starter