We're two days from National Signing Day, and that also means the start of spring practice is just around the corner. Starting with the WAC, here's a look at the start dates for all 120 FBS teams plus the overriding problem each program must deal with during spring drills.[details]
Iupati is an impressive natural bender for his size who coils up into his stance well and can quickly get off of the snap. He showcases impressive initial quickness and has the range to both cleanly reach opposing tackles shooting the gaps on either side and to lock out on contact. He sets quickly in pass protection and does a nice job keeping his pad level down and gaining initial leverage. Iupati showcases good lateral quickness for his size when asked to mirror in space and displays a devastating punch on contact. But he has a tendency to get overextended at times, which leads to him losing track of his man. He exhibits the body control to regain his balance quickly and make up for a false step, making everything look effortless. He does a nice job extending his long arms on contact, getting his hands inside and anchoring at the point of attack. Yet he isn't a Velcro player. He looks content to punch and doesn't do a great job of locking out on blocks. He showcases good awareness in pass protection and is quick to slide laterally and help out his left tackle one-on-one, displaying impressive lateral range. He consistently is able to get under defenders in the run game, pump his legs through contact and drive them cleanly away from the ball. Iupati plays with a real mean streak. He isn't technically sound when asked to seal defenders and is so physically gifted that he can get away with it. But he needs to do a better job getting his feet around and dropping his anchor and locking out instead of just chucking the defender aside. He's an impressive athlete who displays great lateral quickness and power for a guy his size. However, he's a bit raw with his hands and has a tendency to get overextended and lose his balance.