Aug. 15, 2005
BERKELEY - Sidelined by a foot fracture in 2004, defensive end Tosh Lupoi received a hardship year from the NCAA, giving him a sixth year of eligibility to compete this season. Poised to reclaim his starting position for the 2005 campaign, Lupoi looks to add to his 71 career tackles.
In an ongoing series of player profiles during training camp, CalBears.com sat down with Lupoi to get his thoughts on the upcoming season and his senior year.
What do you expect out of your team this season?
Tosh Lupoi: "I expect our team to improve every day of camp and to eventually get to a performance level of competing at a national level and for the Pac-10 championship."
What personal goals have you set for yourself this season?
Lupoi: "My personal goals start every single day, every time I hit the practice field. I mainly choose one or two things and try to work on those things. I do my best to not get down when something is not working and really try to point out my personal flaws and work on them on a daily basis."
What is the best part of being a student-athlete at Cal?
Lupoi: "The constant competition you get both on and off the field, preparing you for the real world. Just utilizing what you learn on the field and applying that off the field. Also overcoming challenges and applying that off the field in the work arena or academics."
What is the biggest advantage of being so close to home?
Lupoi: "Definitely having access to some home cooked meals, my family's support and love, and being able to bass fish on Sundays."
How has your devotion to community service helped you?
Lupoi: "It's just something I've been taught by my family to always involve yourself in the community - just realizing how fortunate I am every day, the shelter I have, the food I have and the clothes I have on my back. It makes you realize how many people don't have the same things as you and helps you give back and help others."
What hobbies do you have?
Lupoi: "I have an obsession with bass fishing. I have a 17-and-a-half Astro blast. Basically, the delta is about one hour from here. I try to get out there either on a Sunday or if the fishing is good, I will sneak out about 2 a.m.; and just go fishing for a couple hours out on the delta."
Whom do you most admire?
Lupoi: "I admire my mother, my father, my brother and Randall Perkins. My mom and dad are just amazing people. I don't think anybody has given more, as far as effort, love and support to raising a family. They are still doing it today. They have custody over my niece. My brother, I basically try to follow in his footsteps as much as I could from and kid to now. Randall Perkins has been an amazing influence to all of us for overcoming his challenges."