By Stephen Tsai
Greg Salas, Alex Green and Kealoha Pilares will receive invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, according to head coach Greg McMackin, who received a notification today.
The three former Warriors will receive their invitations via e-mail this coming week.
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Well, it was an interesting year — decade? — with highs and lows, good times and not-so-good times. Let's toast the past, welcome the future, and, as every coach will say, live in the moment.
Or as Bulla might say: Make memories.
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Pilares has reached an agreement with agent Wynn Silberman of the Morgan Advisory Group. Silberman represents former Warriors Jake Ingram and Blaze Soares, and was the first agent for Solomon Elimimian, now a standout linebacker in Canada.
Pilares suffered a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Hawaii Bowl, an injury that will not require surgery. Silberman estimates PIlares' recovery period at 2-4 weeks, after which he will train at Triple Threat in Arizona.
Silberman said Pilares has an opportunity to play in the Feb. 5 NFL Players Game (previously known as the Texas vs. The Nation) in San Antonio's Alamodome, but is weighing whether it would be more beneficial to just train for UH's Pro Day. Pilares will learn within 10 days whether he will be invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. Pro Day will be held in early April in Carson, Calif.
Silberman said scouts have spoken highly of Pilares' quickness, lateral speed and football IQ. His skill as an inside receiver is a good fit for the NFL, which employs more three-receiver sets, and not just on third down anymore.
Pilares had the best power-lift total among the Warriors the past spring. Silberman said he expects Pilares to have one of the top five bench-press totals among the receivers in the 2011 NFL class. Silberman said the goal is for Pilares to run a sub-4.5 in the 40-yard dash. The projection, according to Silberman, is 4.46 seconds.
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Former UH lineman Ray Hisatake said he is ready for the revival of the Arena Football League, which begins play in February. Hisatake and Aaron Kia, another former Warriors, will play for the San Jose SaberCats. Hisatake will be used as an offensive guard. Kia, who was in the New York Jets' camp as an offensive tackle/guard, also will be used as a tight end.
The SaberCats' first game is against the Spokane Shock. Histake's best friend, Francis Maka, a former Warrior defensive end, plays for the Shock.