Will compete for playing time as a backup at wide receiver Key contributor on special teams Has played in 33 career games Also plays for the UMass baseball team.
2000: Played in nine games on special teams Made four tackles on the season Had a pair of solo tackles against Villanova Made one tackle against both Hofstra and Maine Returned a kickoff for six yards against New Haven Missed the William & Mary and Richmond games while recovering from off-season knee surgery.
1999: Saw action in nine games on the season Played mainly on special teams, while also seeing action as a backup receiver against New Hampshire and Northeastern Made a pair of unassisted tackles at Richmond Had a tackle against Rhode Island Made one tackle at Maine Had three tackles at Toledo Made one tackle against both New Hampshire and Villanova.
1998: Played in every game of the season, with all of his action coming on special teams Made 17 tackles on special teams, including 13 solo stops Had four solo tackles against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game Made two tackles in NCAA quarterfinal game against Lehigh Had two solo tackles in NCAA first-round game at McNeese State Made two tackles against Maine Had a pair of tackles on special teams at Rhode Island Returned a punt for three yards at New Hampshire Named to the Athletic Directors Honor Roll in the fall semester.
UMass Baseball: Serves as a backup catcher for the Minutemen Saw action in four games in 2001, going one for five at the plate Missed the 2000 season due to injury Did not see any game action in 1999.
Before UMass: Played linebacker, running back and punter for coach Steve Dunrud at Rolla High School Named All-State, All-Region and All-Conference during his sophomore, junior and senior years Team most valuable player as a junior and senior Named to the 1997 Montana-North Dakota All-Star team, and the 1997 North Dakota Shrine All-Star team A finalist for the 1997 National Power Bar Optimal Performer Award Also lettered in baseball, basketball and track Earned All-District and team most valuable player honors in basketball during his junior and senior years Hit .470 during his senior season for the baseball team Captained both the football and basketball teams as a senior.
Personal: Full name is Paul Anthony Tupa Son of Lowell and Loie Tupa Born November 7, 1978, in Rolla, N.D. Majoring in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration.