Spotlight on the Mad Samoan
One player so far this season is raising eyebrows based on his preseason play. No it’s not Taylor Jacobs – two catches for 22 yards won’t do it – it’s Hawaii’s latest hero Isaac Sopoaga. Here is a recent snippet from ESPN, talking about how after his preseason performance, look for him to split time with Aubrayo Franklin.
Fourth-year Niners DT Isaac Sopoaga has never had a problem passing the eyeball test. An imposing-looking physical specimen if ever there was one, the 6-2, 325-pound Sopoaga is widely considered the strongest player on the team, but a glaring inconsistency and concerns about his intensity have kept him relegated to reserve duty — until now. After back-to-back impressive performances in game situations for the first time in his career, we hear Sopoaga could be sharing the load at nose tackle this season with free-agent addition Aubrayo Franklin — who is expected to be fully recovered in time for Week One from the knee injury that has sidelined him this preseason — much more than the team originally had planned.
The reason for the Mad Samoan’s change of direction? New D-line coach Jim Tomsula, who has taken more of an interest in Isaac than previous D-line coach Gary Emanual.