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 ā€” 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 ā€” who is expected to be fully recovered in time for Week One from the knee injury that has sidelined him this preseason ā€” 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.


~ by 49ersNews on August 31, 2007.

6 Responses to “Spotlight on the Mad Samoan”

  1. Great to hear, sounds like the competition at all the positions is forcing guys to raise their level of play. Now if only we can get back the Brandon Moore of last year- really dissappointed to hear he is not doing so well.

  2. Did you see that biatch slap to Lekikkkkkkkerkkkkker? That was old school.

  3. He looked positively disruptive yesterday, it’s like someone pissed him off. Great game for Isaac.

  4. One of the bright spots on the D line this pre-season. Now lets see how the starters perform in their first game together. Fields, Sopoaga, and McDonald have looked very good and should provide good young replacement for Young and Douglas, who are not getting any younger.

  5. I say the 9ers starting d line be Young, Franklin, Sopoaga

  6. i’ll roll with those 3-we need to get the other 10 defensive players pissed off too so we can start delivering some punishing blows a la ronnie lott-i feel we aren’t physical enough sometimes

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