Hawai’i libero Tuileta joins Rainbow Warriors’ football team as QB

The off-season for All-American libero Larry Tuileta has included everything from playing with the United States at the Pan American Cup to now being a college football quarterback.

Tuileta was named to the Hawai’i football team on Tuesday and began practicing with the team during its opening week of the preseason training camp.

The 6-foot-2 multi-sport athlete finished the 2017 men’s volleyball season third in the MPSF with a 2.36 digs per game average as he helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to the NCAA Tournament semifinals.


Tuileta also was one of 10 current college players selected to the U.S. roster for the Pan American Cup. The libero was sixth among all players with 22 digs during the United States’ fifth-place finish at the international tournament last week in Canada.

This is the second time in Tuileta’s college career that he has been a multi-sport athlete. Tuileta while at USC was a quarterback on the football team and an outside attacker on the men’s volleyball team before transferring at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

Tuileta played both sports in high school and was a two-time recipient of the Gatorade Hawaii High School Football Player of the Year. In addition, he had more than 2,500 passing yards and threw 28 touchdowns in his senior season.

With the addition of Tuileta, Hawai’i has eight quarterbacks on its training camp roster.

Dru Brown returns for his junior season after starting the final 10 games for the Rainbow Warriors last year. Brown in 2016 completed 62 percent of his passes and had 19 touchdowns to seven interceptions.

Hawai’i finished last season 7-7, including a 52-35 victory against Middle Tennessee in the Hawai’i Bowl.