Tupou explores options after broken leg

AUBURN, Wash. -- Mikey Tupou (Kenmore, Wash./Inglemoor) was ready to have a big year.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound middle linebacker was preparing for his senior season. He was drawing interest from Washington, Washington State and Wyoming. He was ready to turn his final year of high school football into scholarship offers.

Then, during a team camp in Wenatchee, Wash., he broke his left leg in two places.

“Our team was looking good and I was ready to have a really good year,” he said. “That camp just was bad luck.”

The injury kept him on the sideline throughout his senior season. Now he just wants an opportunity to play at the next level.

“I just want to play,” said Tupou, who played for Team Washington during Saturday’s Tanoa Bowl. “It doesn’t really matter to me where.”

Tupou, who is the cousin of Washington defensive lineman Taniela Tupou, is now trying to explore his options. He is looking at opportunities to become a preferred walk-on and, if that doesn’t work, he plans to attend Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

“I just want to play again,” he said.