OU Football Tradition | Award Winners

Mosi Tatupu Award | Official Site
The Mosi Tatupu Award is given annually to the special teams Player of the Year by the Maui Quarterback Club and the Hula Bowl. Mosi Tatupu was a standout player at Punahou School, the University of Southern California and the New England Patriots of the National Football League.
 
J.T. Thatcher
  2000 | J.T. Thatcher

A standout on both defense and special teams, J.T. Thatcher was named an All-American as both a defensive back and returner.
 
The Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year Award winner, Thatcher was one of only seven players to return two or more punts for a touchdown in 2000 and ranked ninth nationally in punt return average.
 
A four-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week selection, Thatcher set OU's single-game (160) and single-season (599) records for punt return yards. He also posted the second-highest single-game kickoff return yard total with 150, including a 93-yard return to set up OU's go-ahead touchdown against second-ranked Kansas State.
 
Thatcher was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award - awarded to the nation's top defensive back - and tied school records for interceptions in a game (3) and season (8).
 

 Career Statistics
 Season
PR
Yds
Avg
TDs
KR
Yds
Avg
TDs
 1997
0
0
0
0
1
16
16
0
 1999
4
146
36.5
1
0
0
0
0
 2000
43
634
14.7
2
11
264
20.1
0
 Totals
47
780
16.6
3
12
280
20.1
0