Former Oregon defensive lineman Tui Talia, who played for the Ducks from 2014-2015, has reportedly passed away this weekend.
The official cause of death has yet to be confirmed, but there are reports that he passed away from a car accident.
Talia joined Oregon as ESPN’s No. 1 junior college defensive end and played two seasons for UO. He started his college football career at Diablo Valley College.
At 6-foot-5, 285-pounds, Talia was a huge asset for Oregon’s defense. As a senior, he started six games and was the team’s third leading tackler, helping Oregon finish with a 9-4 record.
Talia was from Concord, California and is survived by his parents, Tofa and Saane and two brothers.
His former junior college coach Mike Darr posted on Twitter:
That wasn't rain today...even God shed tears as we lost a legend in Tui Talia. One of the best to ever put on the Viking uniform & one of the best Juco players of All-Time! We'll always remember the savage on the field & huge smile off it. RIP Tui! https://t.co/YrK87OUZJd pic.twitter.com/XUTEPKXNdf— Mike Darr (@DVC_CoachDarr) May 27, 2019
Current UO offensive lineman Shane Lemieux paid tribute:
Rest easy big uce 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/6kqN6F44c7— Shane Lemieux (@ShaneLemieux) May 27, 2019
As well as former Duck, Canton Kaumatule:
I always told you I looked at you as an older brother. I still do. My only regret is not keeping in touch with you after you left. Thanks for always taking care of me brother. Too many memories man... I love you toko. Rest In Peace Tui Talia pic.twitter.com/0IK6YMkQpg— Canton Kaumatule (@CantonKaumatule) May 28, 2019