O/NSO: The USC football Mount Rushmore series edition- The Fullbacks

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  2. Cyrus

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    I decided to watch a little bit of the 78 ND video but got hooked and watched the whole game. What a great game. Watching the I formation runs with Charles White and Dwight Ford never gets old. Will we ever have a physical running attack like that again?

    Not a problem with any of the choices. But considering that Ricky didn't make the Mt Rushmore TB list I would have given him a spot here. And maybe Kennedy P. should have got an honorable mention.
     
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    I lived and worked in Hawaii 1963 to 1975. In that time, I saw many of Hawaii’s great FB players. These 2 RB’s stood out over time and still considered the top 2 Hawaiian RB’s.

    Mosi Tatupu #2 RB, (Samoan), Punahou HS, 1972-74 along with Bob Apisa #1 RB, Farrington HS, 1963-65 were the best running backs to come out of Hawaii. Mosi was a man among boys in HS. Many times it would take multiple tacklers bring him down. Once, I saw Mosi carry/drag 4 tacklers for 30 yards into the end zone, unreal display of power. I will never forget Mosi Tatupu; in my mind he was one of the best football players I ever saw. In one game Mosi ran for over 400 yards. Punahou HS vs St. Louis HS were epic battles. Mosi was an All State baseball player and did track and field in the discus and shot put and ran sprint relays 440 yds. relay.

    I feel Mosi was USC's best blocking Fullback. Mosi demolished LB's and even DE's. On special teams, he had crushing tackles. I really believe Mosi would have been a great MLB...

    Bob Apisa #1 RB (Samoan), All State player from Farrington HS, 1963-65. 1963, every week Apisa would make headline news in the sports section. So, I decided to see for my own eyes why he was receiving all the spotlight. Oh my God that first game I went, Apsia ran for 300 yds+ and I said holy cow he is the Best Big RB that I have ever seen. In total, I saw Apisa play 9 times over his FB career at Farrington HS. Once, he ran for nearly 400 yards, but the coach took him out after the 3rd quarter. Apisa was a violent RB, he punished defenders, tacklers learned not to hit him high. He ran thru defenders with ease. Apisa was the strongest and most powerful RB that I ever saw. Well Mosi Tatupu is a close 2nd.

    Apisa continued his football career at Michigan State, under famed coach, Duffy Daugherty. Michigan St. was a powerhouse back then. Duffy recruited many Hawaiian players, he loved how they played and size. Apisa became a great collegian football player; he was selected a consensus All American as a RB. Apisa was like a Larry Csonka of Syracuse and the Miami Dolphins. Apisa helped MSU win an AP National Championship title in 1966.

    Apisa played in the NFL and had a decent, but short career (knee injury ended his pro career). After the NFL, he became a stuntman and side kick actor. Apisa became one of Hollywood’s famed bad guys (actor) in movies; mostly playing a body guard thug in Hawaii Five O TV series and many more TV and film credits. I think, Apisa lives in the Los Angeles area. Bob Apisa will be remembered not as an actor, but as a great, great Hawaiian football player.

    Also, during that same time period 1963-65 as Apisa, there was a super great QB, Sammy Stevens (Hawaiian), Aiea HS who was an amazing QB and very gifted all around athlete. He was All State in FB, Basketball and Baseball. Even today, I rate Sammy Stevens just behind Marcus Marriotta and Tua Tagovailoa best Hawaiian QB’s. Sammy is #3 only because he did not play college ball due to reading disorder. Sammy could have been the all time best Hawaiian QB.
     
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    Great list, thanks for rekindling those memories.

    If there was a Mt Rushmore of under the radar fullbacks I would nominate Terry Barnum who played in the mid-nineties. Undersized (maybe 5' 9" and 200 lbs?) it seemed as though every blitzing linebacker was hit square on the thigh pads and had his legs taken out from under him and even though he only got a few touches a game it would result in a first down. He really seemed to play the game the right way while maximaizing his abilities.
     
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    I remember Terry Barnum. IIRC he was recruited put of Alemany as a tailback, but was repurposed as a fullback.

    Im sure he wouldn't remember, but I actually attended school with Terry Barnum. I was only at that school for one year, but he stuck in my memory because, on that first day of school in 4th grade, everyone was asked to stand up, introduce themselves, etc. One of the things we were asked to relate was "what is your favorite TV show?"

    Most of the boys would say "The A-Team," or "Knight Rider," but I remembered that Terry said his favorite show was "NFL Football."
     
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    Hi Canyon,

    Thanks for sharing the Hawaiian football history above. Like you, I lived in Hawaii near that time period. In my case, from '72 to '83, as a young kid and through high school and college years. When my family moved to Hawaii Kai in '72, Mosi Tatupu was a senior at Punahou. OMG! Like you implied, he was a man amongst boys. I recall the Advertiser newspaper with a big image of him running the ball on the front of the sports page.

    I played high school football for Kaiser High. The program was young and we usually got out asses handed to us. By our senior year though we had become a decent program and almost upset Waianea in Waianea (we led at half time)! I recall they had a lineman, Tom Tuinei, who would go on to get a look in the NFL. Bottom line, there are a lot of stud football players from Hawaii.
     
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    Great list. I'm not old enough to have seen the heydey of the FB era, and I certainly haven't seen anything since I've been watching USC football that would give me grounds to disagree. It makes me ponder, then, if those same players played in the current era, what position would they play? If we had a Sam Bam on the roster, would the coaches change the system, or is the role as performed by Sam et al simply antiquated?
     
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    Greg, question...in making the WR list, were flankers considered? If not, will there be a separate Rushmore for them? If not, or even if so, will there be an "overall athlete" series?
     
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    Howzit Bruddah Rainman44,

    Yeah, brothers Tom and Mark Tuinei, Tom the eldest were legends in Hawaii. They grew up in the Waianae, Nanakuli area (rough and tough towns). Mark played at Punahou HS, Tom at Waianae HS. The boys were All State in football.

    Both brothers were trained fighters and developed a reputation for their buss up street fights. Mark played his 1st 2 years at UCLA. He got kicked out for fighting a teammate which he injured badly. Mark transferred to play out his college football at U. Hawaii, under legendary HC Dick Tomey.

    While in the Pro’s, Dallas Cowboys (15 years), he was known as an enforcer. After several post game fights (buss them up) word got out not to mess with Mark. Soon no one dared pick a fight with Mark. Mark died at an early age of 39 in 1999, Plano, TX, his home due to accidental drug overdose (bad and fatal allergic reaction).
     
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    Hi uscvball! You bring up some good points and, yes, there will be at some point one or more special Mount Rushmore editions for "specialists like "overall athlete." Always enjoy reading your commentaries and suggestions on the Garry P. Message Board. Fight On! GK
     
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    I think you've clearly picked the top 4 Greg, unless you want to look at CR Roberts. I vaguely remember CR with the 49ers but not at SC.

    Of course Sam is the gold standard, but I enjoyed watching the rest too. I thought Leroy Holt was way underrated. A great true fullback. Excellent blocker and I didn't realize he rushed for that many yards.
     
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    Sam would probably play TB now. He'd be a great one too.
     
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    A JC player makes The Mount Rushmore for tailback, wide receiver and now fullback. JC kids don't get the same look anymore.
     
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    I could see Sam Bam lined up like a Markese Stepp, but the others... I wonder if they make the field in a modern offense.
     
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    Since the ncaa didn't allow freshmen to play back then, a lot of good players went to JC to play rather than play freshman ball at the universities. JC football then was great... including the Jr. Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
     
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