By Stephen Tsai
With next week's start of the bridge session, several newcomers are beginning to report to the football team. One newcomer — receiver Daniel Masifilo — already has been training for three weeks, and he has been one of the surprises of the player-coordinated unsupervised workouts.
Masifilo is a tall receiver (6-3, 205) with sure hands and accurate route-running. He is a 2009 Campbell High graduate who was at Mount San Antonio College for a year and Arizona State for three years. He left ASU this past December, applied at UH, and received acceptance last month. Unless he is granted a medical hardship for the injury (broken wrist) he suffered at Mount SAC, he is a one-for-one player.
"If I can get that (year) back, that would be good," he said. "But I'm going to go all out this year because it might be my last year."
He is immediately eligible because he is a walk-on who was not recruited by ASU or UH.
"I just wanted to come home," Masafilo said. "I wish I transferred a little bit earlier. But I'm blessed with this opportunity with coach (Norm) Chow. ... I always wanted to play for Hawaii, but the opportunity wasn't really there. Now I have a chance. I'm going to take advantage of it."
He has used grants, loans and jobs to pay for his tuition and school loans.
"It's a struggle, but I love the sport, I love this game with a passion," he said.
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Quarterback Sean Schroeder, who underwent back surgery on April 1, is on track to resume football workouts on July 1. But he has kept active by studying videos, and calling plays during the unsupervised 7-on-7 drills.
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If anybody was wondering, no, Aaron Hernandez did not play in UH's game against Florida (but Tim Tebow and Cam Newton did).
Going through the archives, Tom Brady led Michigan to a 48-17 victory over UH in 1998. Brady was 9 of 10 for 142 yards in that game.
Here's a highlight: Michigan-Hawaii video.
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Please, help out Princess Leila, who is co-chair of the REACH Out fundraiser that will benefit after-school programs for middle-school students.
The event is on Sunday, June 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Pagoda Restaurant.
Food stations include: Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, Murphy's Bar and Grill, JJ Dolans, JJ Bistro, Hanapa‘a Sushi, Honolulu Burger Col, Hawaiian King, Hukilau Cafe, Nalo Farms, Pint & Jigger, and Pagoda Restaurant.
Drink stations will offer: Beer, wine, and martinis.
Entertainment will include: Hoaikane, Anuhea, Justin Young, Weldon Kekauoha, Manoa DNA, Jon Yamasato, Micah G, Kama Kakaio, Funkshun, and Royal Kunia Street Ban.
Tickets are $75 apiece, with a portion tax deductible.
For details, click on the link: REACH Out.