The Warrior Beat

Feat of Clay

December 30th, 2012

Charles Clay, who made a successful transition from receiver to safety, has been awarded a scholarship for the spring semester.


Clay is a 2009 Hilo High graduate. He was at SMU for two years, redshirting in 2009 and appearing in 12 games in 2010. He then transferred to UH, where he was granted immediate eligibility because of his status as an initial un-recruited walk-on transferring between schools. Clay began his UH career as a receiver before moving to defense in the middle of the 2011 season. This past year, he played in all 12 games, recording 29 tackles, four deflections and four breakups. He was key down the stretch when the Warriors went primarily with a nickel defense.

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The Warriors will see if the transition can go the other way when Bubba Poueu-Luna moves from safety to wide receiver in the spring.

Poueu-Luna, who has endured several ailments in his five semesters at UH, was the starting safety in the 2012 opener against USC. With the emergence of Clay and Marrell Jackson, the Warriors would like to see if Poueu-Luna is a better fit on offense.

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Former UH defensive end/linebacker Paipai Falemalu will play in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game on Jan. 11 in Tucson.

He joins former UH punter Alex Dunnachie.

Also, California defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti, a Word of Life graduate, will participate in the game.

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Word on the boulevard is offensive lineman Stan Hasiak, a Kapolei High graduate who played at UCLA and Mount San Antonio College, remains interested in the Warriors. Hasiak still needs to clear eligibility hurdles to play anywhere in 2013. He would be a one-and-done player.

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Linebacker Kendrick Van Ackeren, fullback Jared Leaf and defensive back Mike Sellers are expected to learn by next weekend whether they will be transferring. Each requested a release to explore other options.

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By the way, it's Peter Pale's birthday today.

That's two mention in two days (or two in 20 years).

Happy birthday, Mr. Pale.

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