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Former COC player Sopoaga traded to Patriots

Posted: October 29, 2013 3:35 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2013 3:35 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles sent Isaac Sopoaga, a 10th-year veteran nose tackle, to the New England Patriots on Tuesday.

Only one deal was made on a very quiet NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.

That deal happened to involve former College of the Canyons star Isaac Sopoaga.

The Philadelphia Eagles sent the veteran nose tackle, along with a 2014 sixth-round draft pick, to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round pick.

The Eagles confirmed the deal, which was made shortly before this season’s trade deadline at 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

New England brings in Sopoaga to fill as a stout run stopper in the place of injured All-Pro defensive tackles Vince Wilfork, who sustained a season-ending Achilles’ tendon tear last month.

Sopoaga, a 6-foot-2, 330-pound defensive lineman, was drafted out of the University of Hawaii in the fourth round in 2004 by the San Francisco 49ers.

He played for COC in 1999 and 2000, setting a state record with 31 sacks in a season in 1999.

The 32-year-old spent the first nine seasons of his career with the 49ers and was a regular starter during that time.

This past March, he became a free agent and was quickly signed to a three-year, $11 million deal by the Eagles.

This season, he’s played in all eight of Philadelphia’s games, starting seven of them while accumulating 18 tackles.

He’ll join Valencia graduate Shane Vereen, who is a running back for the Patriots.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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