By Stephen Tsai
For offensive tackle Leo Koloamatangi and defensive lineman Marcus Malepeai, hard work can be measured on a scale. Each has been tasked to add weight and strength while maintaining agility.
Koloamatangi now weighs 290 pounds. Malepeai is about 285. Those are significant changes for both.
Koloamatangi said he was 236 pounds when he joined the Rainbow Warriors in August 2012. He redshirted last year. Koloamatangi was rotating as a No. 1 tackle when he suffered ligament injuries in his right ankle in spring training. He opted for intensive rehabilitation instead of surgery. He is fully healthy, having participated in all of the offseason workouts.
Malepeai, who entered the 2012 season as a defensive end, was asked to move inside because of injuries at defensive tackle. He said he weighed 250 at the end of the 2012 season. At a heavier weight, Malepeai still can be a swing defender, playing the 3-technique as a tackle in the 4-3 formation and end in the 3-4.
"It's all good," Malepai said. "I feel better playing the inside now."
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Wide receiver Trevor Davis will transfer to California. Davis, who requested a release from his UH scholarship in May, will have to redshirt this season. After that, he will have two years to play two seasons.