Archive for January, 2009

Iceman gets futbol opportunity

January 31st, 2009

Former UH placekicker Dan "Iceman" Kelly has tryouts planned with Chivas USA and the L.A. Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
Kelly was a decorated goalie until deciding to pursue a football career.
For now, he is putting his football aspirations on hold to focus on soccer. He also coaches a youth team.
Even at UH, Kelly kept busy during the football offseason by playing soccer.

Spring roster

January 30th, 2009

 Here's the (tentative) 2009 spring roster:
Quarterbacks: Greg Alexander, Shane Austin, Inoke Funaki, Steele Jantz, Bryant Moniz, Brent Rausch.
Kicker: Brett Symonds.
Offensive linemen: Taylor Choy, John Estes, Andrew Faaumu, David Garness, Brysen Ginlack, Austin Hansen, Ray Hisatake, Raphael Ieru, Daniel Johnson, Lucas Kennard, Aaron Kia, Clayton Laurel, Matagisila Lefiti, Levi Legay, Brett Leonard, Laupepa Letuli, Joey Lipp, Daniel Otineru, Ikaika Rodenhurst, Adrian Thomas, Bronson Tiwanak, Tuiatua Tuiasosopo, Drew Uperesa.
Receivers: Joe Avery, Craig Bell, Dustin Blount, Rodney Bradley, Ryan Henry, Jett Jasper, Matt Kiel, Malcolm Lane, Troy Lauduski, Daniel Lofton, Jon Medeiros, Miah Ostrowski, Corey Paclebar, Kealoha Pilares, Royce Pollard, Greg Salas, Billy Ray Stutzmann, Jovonte Taylor, Rick Taylor, Mike Tinoco.
Running backs: Kimo Alo, Joey Cadiz, Kennedy Carlson, Jake Heun, Kahekili Kalalau, Bryce Kalauokaaea, Daniel Libre, Jayson Rego, Hogan Rosehill, Leon Wright-Jackson.
Defensive backs: Chris Black, Jeramy Bryant, Steven Christian, JoPierre Davis, Lametrius Davis, Rykin Enos, Kenny Estes, Jordan Gomes, Tank Hopkins, Marvin Judd, Kawika Ornellas, Fefootai Papalii, Mana Silva, Spencer Smith, Steven Stepter, Richards Torres, Lewis Walker, Cody Walker.
Linebackers: Pookela Ahmad, Josh Andrews, Paipai Falemalu, R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, Art Laurel, Mana Lolotai, Joseph Malabuyoc, Marc Moody,Vili Nauahi, Corey Paredes, Josh Rice, Brashton Satele, Blaze Soares.
Defensive linemen: Cameron Allen-Jones, Abraham Cavco-Amoy, Victor Clore, Haku Correa, John Fonoti, David Haoka, Geordon Hanohano, Chris Leatigaga, Waylon Lolotai, Antwan "Tua" Mahaley, Vaughn Meatoga, Bo Montgomery, Elliott Purcell, Aaron Rink, Landon Satele, Rocky Savaiigaea, Alema Tachibana, Alasi Toilolo, Tuika Tufaga, Keahi Watson, Quentin Beaver.
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This is the final recruiting weekend before Wednesday's signing day. Monday is the start of the dead period in which coaches may not initiate any contact with prospects.

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There was laughter.
Roarin' laughter.
Too much fun for a late-night errand run to Wal-Mart.
And that's when I saw defensive tackles Rocky Savaiigaea and Tuika Tufaga.
Shampoo run, they said.
It was a reminder that college students are college students, and everyone is on a budget.
It's even tougher on Tufaga, who is not on scholarship.

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Did I forget to mention that, according to the word on the street, safety Keao Monteilh has been offered a student manager's position this spring?

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Did I forget to mention that earlier this month, Erik "E-Rob" Robinson and  Monteilh's sister wed?


Keeping a promise

January 29th, 2009

It's been open season on UH recruits.
But don't worry about quarterback David Graves.
"I'm definitely still with Hawai‘i," Graves said.
He said quarterback Nick Rolovich made a home visit the past Monday.
"For sure, I'm signing with Hawai‘i," Graves said. "Everything is A-OK. I'm pretty excited."

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Fourteen players who competed in last week's walk-on tryouts have earned berths on the spring roster. They'll participate in next week's start of Super Games, and will be assigned lockers.

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Jim Donovan is making good on a promise to run a clean program.
This Saturday is another clean-up day, with UH staff members and coaches raking, weeding and picking up trash on the Lower Campus.

Cold front

January 28th, 2009

UH coaches Ron Lee, Cal Lee, George Lumpkin and Nick Rolovich are on the Mainland making home visits to prospects who have given verbal commitments to the Warriors. (Ron Lee's flight was snow-postponed yesterday in Oklahoma City.)
What's more, assistant coach Brian Smith is heading to American Samoa.
And Greg McMackin has visited prospects on O‘ahu.
This is a hectic time heading into the final weekend before the Feb. 4 signing date.
Washington, UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State are among the schools that have been making strong pitches to local recruits the past two weeks.
Buckle up. It could be an interesting ride.

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Best wishes for a speedy (and painless) recovery to our Queen Diana (King Kekoa's beautiful and brave-hearted wife).
She heroically diverted two pit bulls from entering the Kapolei High property. Unfortunately, the dogs attacked her, biting her legs and hand. She was treated at emergency and released yesterday. I'm sure the King is providing the best home care.

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Happy birthday to a great guy and C&K's No. 1 fan — Addahknowjoe.

Don't know much about geography ...

January 27th, 2009

 What a wonderful world this would be if I actually had the correct state for Butte College.
I wrote that it was in Montana.
It's actually in California. Hey, maybe Washington and UCLA recruiting poachers will go off to the wrong place.
Anyway, a UH coach told me: "I hope you're not a UH grad."
This was like the first time I tried to go to BYU. I didn't realize that Brigham Young was in the opposite direction of Brigham, Utah.

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UH's Pro Day, a combine/audition for NFL scouts, is scheduled for April 2 at the Home Depot Center at Carson, Calif. David Veikune, Ryan Mouton, Adam Leonard, Solomon Elimimian and Jake Ingram are among the former Warriors who will participate.

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Each player received a workout shirt. Written on the back: WAC Champions in Training. Defensive tackle Keahi Watson is modeling the shirt; the "guns" are extra:


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Here's linebacker Waylon Lolotai, who joined the Warriors after a church mission to St. Louis. Lolotai's grandfather was the first player of Samoan ancestry to play in the NFL.


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This dog "adopted" running back/linebacker Jake Heun, following him around the school.


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Thanks to some donors, the foyer to the UH coaches' offices now has new carpet (check out the H logo), new couches and, as we've mentioned before, four TVs.


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Just got off the phone with Riley. He's taking credit for Obama's election. He said that in 1979, he went to Punahou to recruit. He signed Dan Hale and passed on the left-handed shooter. That allowed the future president to go to a Mainland school and eventually embark on a political career. And I always thought Riley's greatest accomplishment was to get Ray Reed to pass the ball.

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Greg McMackin and his wife, Heather, have enrolled in Hawaiian studies classes.

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Happy (really) belated birthday to Janet Yoshida Bullard, one of the leaders of the UH Alumni Association and a Rough Rider classmate.