Mike Iupati was the first player from the WAC chosen in the 2010 NFL Draft and was considered one of the top prospects at his position in all of college football entered the primetime nationally televised event held in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There were only three offensive lineman selected head of Iupati in a draft that saw a total of 38 offensive linemen taken. At 6’5″ 330 pounds Iupati has the right build for an NFL offensive guard.
Before playing in four seasons of college football for the Vandals Mike was born and raised in the south pacific in American Samoa and spent his high school years with his family in Anaheim, California. In part due to arriving in the United States later in life and also having scholastic issues as a result of trying to pick up English as a second language (his native tongue is Samoan) Mike did not have the array of college scholarship choices that are normally associated with NFL first round selections.
Through hard work, persistence, and a bit of luck Iupati found his way onto the
In 2009 the Idaho Vandals had one player taken in NFL draft. Eddie Williams was selected in the seventh and final round by the Washington Redskins. Prior to Tight end Eddie Williams being selected the