Two Wins And Now Fresno State

Will Tukuafu

Will Tukuafu, 6-4, 279, has made an immediate impact on the Oregon Ducks' defense. He's recorded six tackles in two games and has a fumble recovery. This week against Fresno State, Tukuafu a sophomore defensive end from Salt Lake City, Utah will have to use all his strength and courage to help the 19th ranked Ducks (2-0) maintain a perfect season record.

Initially, William Tukuafu signed a National Letter of Intent to BYU out of high school but went on a two-year mission. Once his mission was completed. When it was time to go to college he discovered he was one credit short for admission and he enrolled at Scottsdale Community College where he also played one year of football. He recorded 10.5 sacks while at Scottsdale, but decided to gets himself ready to go to a Division I school and transferred to Yuma College. He gave a verbal commitment to Arizona, but when the Ducks started showing interest Tukuafu changed his mind and committed to Oregon. He was eligible for enrollment in winter session and was able to participate in spring practice with the Ducks last April.

Once Tukuafu got on the practice field, all eyes were on him. He's an impressive physical specimen and has adapted to the Oregon defense very quickly. There was no question that he would be the starter once fall practice commenced. Since then, he's opened a lot of eyes as to what he can do.

This week he and his teammates will have to content with Tom Brandstater, a tall (6-5, 220) and rangy quarterback who has the ability to scramble out of trouble and throw on the run. Brandstater's favorite target this year has been big tight end Bear Pascoe, 6-5, 260. Pascoe, a player the Ducks recruited out of high school is a very good receiver and excellent blocker. While the Ducks need to have all concentration and effort they have to contend with Fresno State, FSU's Pat Hill thinks Oregon is a hand full too.

"We have to get ready for Oregon, which is the best Oregon team we've faced since I've been here," Hill said of the upcoming game. "They have great size and speed."

For Tukuafu, all his attention this week has been on Fresno State. While the big win over Michigan has lots of people talking, for Tukuafu the win really means the Ducks now have won two games and the business at hand is the Bulldogs.

Tukuafu spoke to eDuck Sports on Tuesday about the Michigan game and the upcoming contest at Autzen Stadium with a 4:00 p.m. kickoff time.

Will Tukuafu on Michigan and Fresno State

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