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Monday, December 15, 2008

Tuitama's family tree will be rooting in Vegas

By Ryan Finley
arizona daily star
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.15.2008

Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama has been to Las Vegas just once in his life, when a middle-school basketball tournament took him to the desert for a long weekend.
Tuitama will feel more at home for Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl game against BYU.
Four of Tuitama's cousins — linebackers Masi Tuitama, Matt Ah You and Iona Pritchard and safety Shiloah Te'o — are on the BYU roster.

The Wildcats' quarterback also has family in Sin City, including distant cousins who perform at the Tahiti Village resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Those who aren't Nevada natives will travel from Northern and Southern California and Salt Lake City to watch Tuitama play.
The Tuitamas expect about 200 family members to be in the stands for the game, Willie's last as a college player.
"To play them and have family come over to watch all of us is real nice," Willie Tuitama said.
That is, unless you're in charge of divvying up tickets.


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