Idaho football coach Robb Akey has filled the vacancy on his coaching staff.

According to the school, Akey has hired former San Diego Charger tight end Al Pupunu to coach the same position for the Vandals.

Pupunu, who comes to Idaho after two seasons coaching at Southern Utah University, spent nine seasons in the NFL, including seven with the Chargers. A tight end, he was the Offensive Player of the Game in the 1994 AFC Championship game and averaged 9.8 yards per catch during his career.


He played at Weber State, when Akey was on the Wildcats’ staff, and led the FCS in receptions with 93 in 1991. That mark still ranks second for a tight end in FCS history.


“Al is a first-class person,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said in a press release. “He proved to me he’s a very good teacher. He also brings along some tricks of the trade that come with having played this game successfully at the highest level.


“I’m very happy and very excited about having Al as a member of our staff.”


A native of Tonga, Pupunu attended Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, for two years before transferring to Weber State. Not only was he an all-Big Sky Conference performer at Weber State, he was a Walter Camp All-American and is in the Wildcats’ Hall of Fame as well as the Dixie College Hall of Fame and Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

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