2020 Mountain West Football Top 50 Players: #48, Hawaii C Taaga Tuulima
The Warriors center had a uniquely demanding workload that he handled with flying colors last fall.
One of the quietest, and biggest reasons, for last year’s successes.
Centers don’t usually receive a lot of attention if they aren’t making mistakes, but insightful football fans know a good one makes everything else work on offense and, when you’re as aggressive as the Hawaii Warriors have been over the last few years, having someone like the next athlete on our countdown of the Mountain West’s best football players is almost like a cheat code.
Taaga Tuulima received only an honorable mention from the Mountain West media in 2019, but you could make a pretty convincing argument that he was underappreciated. For one, he was named the team’s offensive MVP in December. On top of that, he enters 2020 as one of college football’s most unique players, according to Pro Football Focus:
That, in itself, is a significant reason why Hawaii improved its sack rate allowed from 8.2% in 2018 to 3.9% in 2019. While we don’t know just yet how new head coach Todd Graham will refine the offense that fans know and love, Tuulima should continue to be as integral to its successes as ever.