The Warrior Beat

The Sack Man

October 24th, 2013


In Norm Chow's 40 years of coaching, there were two opposing defensive linemen who forced Chow's staffs to change their usual blocking schemes — Dwight Freeney and Al Noga.

"You couldn't block them the way you would normally block a scheme," Chow said.

Freeney was "impossible to block," Chow said.

Chow said Noga was comparable, particularly as a pass rusher.

Chow announced that Noga — a UH graduate and All-America defensive lineman who played seven NFL seasons — will be UH's honorary captain for Saturday's homecoming game against Colorado State at Aloha Stadium.

Chow then added a third game-altering defensive lineman.

"Niko Noga was tough, too," Chow said of Al Noga's older brother.

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UTEP coach Bob Stull once said the Miners were "Noganized" in a loss.

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After a blowout loss to UH, Fullerton State coach Gene Murphy noted that Al Noga appeared to be from another planet.

Told that, Noga said, "I'm from Planet Kalihi."

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In a 2009 story, Wes Nakama wrote:

At the University of Hawai'i in the 1980s, dormitory students would cross a nearby stream by walking over three or four huge stone slabs laid in a line leading to the opposite side.

How those slaps — each probably weighing well over 500 pounds — got there was a mystery, but some students had a theory that eventually developed into somewhat of a legend.

"Maybe," students said, "the Noga brothers hauled them down from the mountain and placed them in the streambed, one by one."

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