Palomar Comets Football
GUARD, SOPHOMORE, 6-3, 320
Banning (Wilmington) (Class of 2008)
PERSONAL: Full name is Samuelu Edward Tupua
Jr. ... Born Nov. 15, 1990, in Harbor City. ... Son of
Samuelu and Grace Tupua. ... Has five brothers (Shiane,
17, Nobert, 15, Shalom, 13, Shammah, 12, and Suaava,
10) and three sisters (Pealhie, 16, Samalia, 7,
and Grace (1). ... Nephew of Lafo Malauulu,
former Palomar, San Jose State and British Columbia
Lions receiver. ... Lafo Malauulu caught 76 passes for
the Comets in 1983, scored five touchdowns vs.
San Diego Mesa on Thanksgiving Day of that season -- and
still is ranked as one of the best receivers (if not the
best) in Palomar history. Lafo Malauulu also was an
assistant coach for the Comets.
SEASON: First-team All-Southern Conference
selection as a true freshman. ... Has started throughout
the season at right guard for the Comets as a true
Found himself being recruited even before his freshman season by
virtually the entire Pac-10 Conference. ... Has played
an integral role as a key blocker in Palomar's
successful run game, including a big evening in a
303-yard effort by the Comets in their season-opening 21-19 win over
Southwestern on Sept. 6.
SCHOOL FOOTBALL: All-City (Los Angeles), All-Marine League
and pre-season High School All-American under coach
Chris Ferragamo in three varsity seasons for the Pilots.
OTHER HIGH SCHOOL SPORT: Basketball
ACADEMICS: Undecided major. ... Carried 3.1 high
school grade-point average.
(Updated Aug. 19, 2009)