Arizona Wildcats football: Tutogi invited to rookie mini-camp with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2013-04-28T10:52:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: Tutogi invited to rookie mini-camp with Tampa Bay BuccaneersDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 28, 2013 10:52 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats fullback Taimi Tutogi will get his shot at the NFL--in fact he may get a couple of shots.

Tutogi has been invited to rookie mini-camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which begins Friday. He'll have three days to prove himself and earn a rookie free-agent contract. 

"I have to beat out the other fullback they're bringing in, so I have to be the best," Tutogi said in a text.

If it doesn't work out for the fullback, he will head to rookie camp with the New Orleans Saints the following weekend.

Tutogi also received an invite to the New York Jets mini-camp, but it's scheduled as the same weekend as New Orleans'. The Chula Vista, Calif., native said he picked the Saints over the Jets because he thought it was a better fit.

Tutogi is one of four former Wildcats who will be in a rookie mini-camp this offseason. Quarterback Matt Scott signed a free agent deal with Jacksonville. Wide receiver Dan Buckner signed with the Arizona Cardinals and center Kyle Quinn will get his chance with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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