Seahawks’ Will Tukuafu preparing for a busy day in Kansas City

Nov 13, 2014, 4:13 PM | Updated: Nov 14, 2014, 8:24 am
Will Tukuafu has played in each of the past two seasons for the Seahawks on both sides of the ball....
Will Tukuafu has played in each of the past two seasons for the Seahawks on both sides of the ball. (AP)
(AP)
LISTEN:

Seattle’s new fullback isn’t just a fullback.

Will Tukuafu can also played defensive line, something the Seahawks may actually need him to do starting Sunday now that their rotation is a man down. And when you take into account the different special teams he’s a part of, Tukuafu could be in for a busy afternoon in Kansas City.

“I’m preparing like I’m going to be playing offense, defense and special teams,” Tukuafu told 710 ESPN Seattle’s “The Huddle” on Thursday.

That’s quite a turnaround for a guy who had been released by San Francisco in September and was out of a job entirely for almost two months before Seattle came calling. The Seahawks thought Tukuafu and his 285-pound frame could add some much-needed physicality to their running game, something it had lacked since Derrick Coleman’s season-ending foot injury left Seattle without a traditional fullback.

Tukuafu was a defensive lineman in college at Oregon and played both end and tackle in San Francisco’s base 3-4 defense in addition to fullback. His ability to play defensive line was an added bonus when Seattle signed him, and it’s especially significant now that Brandon Mebane has been lost for the season with a hamstring injury. The Seahawks didn’t add a defensive lineman when they placed Mebane on injured reserve earlier this week, which could give Tukuafu a chance to mix into the rotation beginning Sunday.

His primary job, though, will be lead blocking for Marshawn Lynch, who isn’t all that particular about how he prefers that to be done.

“He told me the first day I came over here, ‘You can do no wrong,’ ” Tukuafu recalled. “I’m like, ‘What?’ I’m like, ‘So, how do you want me to attack this guy? You want my head on the outside?’ He’s like, ‘Dude, just go hit him. We’re going to race to see who can hit him first, so try to beat me there.’ ”

Bob, Groz and Tom

Seahawks RB Chris Carson...
Brent Stecker

Heaps: Bench Chris Carson? Seahawks need him running to make playoffs

Seahawks running back Chris Carson is struggling with fumbles, and it's imperative he corrects the issue, says Jake Heaps. "If this team is going to go to the playoffs, they have to have Chris Carson running the football."
3 years ago
The Groz at T-Mobile Park...
Brent Stecker

Watch: The Groz throws out the 1st pitch before Mariners-Astros game

Dave "The Groz" Grosby was honored by the Mariners on Tuesday night by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Check out video, photos and more from his big night here.
3 years ago
Bob, Groz and Tom...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Highlights from The Groz’s last show on Bob, Groz and Tom

Dave "The Groz" Grosby signed off as a full-time Seattle sports radio host Friday on Bob, Groz and Tom with visits from several notable names from his career.
3 years ago
The Groz...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Watch: Members of the Seattle sports media pay tribute to The Groz

Watch a special tribute to 710 ESPN Seattle's The Groz featuring messages from members of the Seattle sports media to commemorate his 29 years as a daily host in the market.
3 years ago
The Groz...
Brent Stecker

The Groz’s final show on Bob, Groz and Tom airs Friday at noon

Dave "The Groz" Grosby will finish up his 29-year career as a daily Seattle sports radio host on Friday from noon to 3 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle's Bob, Groz and Tom.
3 years ago
Mariners OF Kyle Lewis...
Brent Stecker

What sets Mariners OF Kyle Lewis apart from other prospects?

Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis hit his fifth home run in eight games in the big leagues on Wednesday. ROOT Sports analyst Mike Blowers talked to Bob, Groz and Tom about Lewis and what makes him stand out.
3 years ago
Seahawks’ Will Tukuafu preparing for a busy day in Kansas City