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Alualu's mettle is proven

Cal defensive lineman's toughness, passion, character attract Patriots

Updated: April 7, 2010, 8:30 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Since Bill Belichick was hired as head coach in 2000, the New England Patriots have hosted hundreds of college prospects in advance of the annual NFL draft. One of this year's visitors has a story unlike any other.

Meet Tyson Alualu.

Projected as a late-first- to mid-second-round draft choice, Alualu had a solid career as a defensive lineman at the University of California. He's durable, powerful and versatile.

Performance alone has helped him stand above most of his peers in ...

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