Pigskin to sheepskin

April 3rd, 2013

Ashley Lelie indeed should be regarded as a role model — and not just because he was the highest-drafted player in Warrior football history.

Lelie is inspiring because of his post-NFL life. Lelie, who entered the NFL draft after his junior year, returned to UH to complete work on a bachelor's degree. For Lelie, it wasn't just a paper chase. He enjoys studying and learning. During Greg McMackin's tenure, one of Lelie's duties as a student manager was to monitor the sign-in list for training-table breakfasts. Lelie used that time to read.

Lelie, who earned a BA a couple of years ago, will pursue a master's degree at the University of Nevada, where he will work as a graduate assistant for the Wolf Pack. His wife will remain at UH for another year while completing work on a PhD.

Lelie is an example that, unlike football eligibility, there is no expiration date in the pursuit of  a greater education.

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Defensive end Beau Yap suffered a fracture in his right foot on March 21, underwent surgery March 24 and now it appears his cast will be removed in early May. That should provide enough cushion for Yap to be ready for the start of training camp in August.

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UH coaches like to say that injuries create depth. Defensive ends Craig Cofer, Penitito Faalologo and Ikaika Cavaco-Amoy, and defensive tackles Mike Andrade and Hunter Thomson are getting more reps because of injuries on the defensive line.

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Running back Marcus Langkilde, the star of last year's intrasquad scrimmages, has been impressive.

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The hitting will increase in the next couple of practices, but don't expect scrimmage-like situations until the April 11 practice.

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It appears that Kealakehe High running back David Fangupo, who signed with the Warriors last month, will be visiting this weekend.

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Former UH quarterback Dan Robinson visited the Warriors yesterday.


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