By Stephen Tsai
Much love to all the mothers.
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Former UH defensive lineman Vaughn Meatoga said he has accepted an invitation to participate in the Cleveland Browns' rookie mini-camp this coming weekend.
He said he will receive his itinerary tomorrow.
Meatoga had signed with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. But when a former Lion decided to return, B.C. canceled Meatoga's contract.
Meatoga then received a call from former UH assistant coach Tony Tuioti, who works as a quality-control coach with the Browns. Meatoga said he still was interested in playing football and, after that, an invitation was extended.
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Another NFL draft came and went without a former UH player being selected.
But that does not mean UH's 2009 recruiting class — the first full one under Greg McMackin — had a shortage of talent. Although none of the past season's fifth-year seniors will be in rookie mini-camps this week, the 2009 class produced two NFL draft picks (running back Alex Green and linebacker Aaron Brown), a three-year starting quarterback (Bryant Moniz, who joined as a walk-on), and this coming season's best player (running back Joey Iosefa, who grayshirted in 2009). Twenty-one players from that class started games.
Here's a look back at the 2009 class:
> George Daily-Lyles, linebacker
> Alex Dunnachie, punter
> David Graves, quarterback
> Corey Nielsen, quarterback
> Cayman Shutter, quarterback
> Billy Ray Stutzmann, wideout
> Aulola Tonga, linebacker
> Mike Wadsworth, safety
> Chauncy Winchester-Makainai
> Rodney Bradley, wideout
> Aaron Brown, linebacker
> Lametrius Davis, cornerback
> Chizzy Dimude, running back
> Scott Enos, kicker
> Alex Green, running back
> David Hafoka, defensive tackle
> Tank Hopkins, cornerback
> Brett Leonard, offensive lineman
> Zach Masch, defensive lineman
> Justin Clapp, slotback
> Cory Daniel, linebacker
> Matt Kiel, wideout
> Kainoa LaCount, offensive tackle
> Bryant Moniz, quarterback
> Earvin Sione, defensive end
> Bronson Tiwanek, center
> Joey Iosefa, running back
> John Lister, running back
> Jordan Loeffler, offensive tackle
> Marcus Malepeai, defensive lineman
> Veni Manu, defensive end