Archive for June, 2007

Quotes from Herman Frazier

June 30, 2007

Asked if he had the most unique college AD job in the country, HF said:
“No question it is. It is funny you should ask. I had a friend (from his alma mater) Arizona State who also owns property in Honolulu and he just started laughing. He said, ’You are in the paper if you just walk down the street. You are out there as far as exposure no matter what happens.’ It is different. There are probably easier jobs, but for me, I’m a guy who will always take on challenges, so you kind of roll with the punches. I think it is different than any job you will find in the country. It is kind of funny, but it all comes into perspective.’’ (Maui News)

About the budget, HF said:
“The deficit was $2.5 (million) the first year, I believe it was $500,000 the next year, so it started coming down. But you had a cumulative deficit which didn’t go away, so to start chipping away at the overall deficit, you have got to get into the black. Last year was the first time we have ever been in the black – by $7,900 – but the cumulative deficit at that point was about $4 million. Baby steps, yes, but important steps.’’ (MN)

About their situation, HF said:
“We are fortunate to be in that position. There are many other schools out there that are probably losing $4 million annually. And there is no school the size of the University of Hawaii that is in the shape that we are in unless they are getting more of a large subsidy than we are from the institution itself. So I think what is happening to us is that we are placing too much emphasis on trying to reduce the deficit as opposed to trying to run quality programs.’’ (MN)

About not playing a 13th game this year, HF said:
“It was something I worked on every single day. And we called in all kinds of stops and then it became a partnership between the Western Athletic Conference, ESPN and ourselves. This is an interesting thing that I found out just the other day – two schools that can play 13 games are Boise State and Fresno State because they are playing in Hawaii this year. Both of them are only playing 12 games. That is something that I find to be amazing because everybody was putting the emphasis on us about playing 13 and two of the schools we are competing with aren’t playing 13. I think at the end of the day, the 13th game was overplayed.’’ (MN)

About how the lack of a 13th game will not hurt their budget, HF said:
“One of the schools I was looking at playing was at Indiana and if we would have played at Indiana, based on the guarantee they were going to give us, it would have just been a wash. The other thing you can’t lose site of is we were paid $250,000 for the game was are not playing against Michigan State when they pulled out. In all reality they should have played the game.’’ (MN)

Trying to say their schedule is difficult, HF said:
“I think there are two tough games, at San Jose State (9-4) against Dick Tomey (on Oct. 12) and at Nevada (8-5). The weather can be a factor at Nevada, so those two are important. Then being able to come back and play Washington, Boise State and Fresno State at the end of the schedule, it could be a blessing in disguise.” (MN)

Claiming that Colt never meant for the controversy over their facilities to happen, and sounding quite condescending at times, HF said:
“That was never his intent for that to happen. I’m not sure a lot of people ever saw that piece of it because the other piece of it got played up so much. A lot of it you had to really read between the lines what was going on there. I mean, obviously there was some vandalism on the part of some people and I don’t get involved with all those portions of our staff. I have 145 people working for us, but you notice I took all the hits and that is just me. I am going to stand by my employees. Do you think the AD at Notre Dame is worried about soap? Do you the AD at Ohio State is even addressing that?

I think if Colt knew that this was going to happen he would have shut his mouth and never said a word about it. He is a great guy and he has been in my office to talk about it and he said, ’I never meant for this to happen. That was never my intent.’ I said to Colt, ’Even though you did that, you have got to be careful. You have got to be a leader because things like that are going to happen in your pursuit of this Heisman or anything else, so let that be a lesson to you.’ That is what college is all about – learning lessons. And this was a lesson for Colt Brennan.” (MN)

Note: So, Colt would have shut his mouth? Colt is not a leader? Colt learned a lesson? I guess that is why the soap dispensers were installed the day after Colt spoke–that will teach him a lesson! Do you think the Notre Dame AD would allow his players to not have soap in the showers, a lock on the door, and the ability to park legally when they show up for practice?

Kenny Patton Update

June 29, 2007

About being the featured instructor at this weekend’s Hawaii Speed and Quickness clinics at UH, Patton said:
“I love helping kids. It ends up working out both ways. Hopefully, I can help them become better athletes. And I get a good workout, too.” (HA)

About training in the morning and working in the afternoon at Weyerhaeuser, a containerboard packaging plant, Patton said:
“It’s an awesome job.” (HA)

About hoping to be invited to an NFL training camp, Patton said:
“If not, I’ll wait until January. Maybe I can get something with NFL Europe.” (HA)

Random Warrior Quotes from the Star-Bulletin

June 28, 2007

About how he’s been preparing for the 220-yard sprints UH does in training camp, LeMarcus Gibson said:
“Whoo! I’ve been working for that, running every day.” (HSB)

“I’ve been lifting in the morning and running in the afternoon when the sun goes down.” (HSB)

Grateful for the belief UH showed in him, Gibson said:
“I felt like (UH) worked hard on recruiting me and were willing to take a chance on me when no Division I schools in Mississippi offered me.” (HSB)

About participating in their pass-and-catch sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bryce Kalauokaaea said:
“I’m working on improving my timing. That’s the main thing, getting used to the speed of the receivers. Each receiver is different.” (HSB)

Quotes from Nate about Learning the Philly Offense

June 26, 2007

About why it normally takes awhile before rookie RBs learn the full Philly offense, Nate said:
“I just feel like running backs here have a lot to learn. They have to be able to line up out wide, run receiver routes. They have a lot to do with the passing package, as far as routes go. All that gets mixed in and then you get a chance to run the ball and remember ‘Oh yeah, I”m a running back.”” (

About how he may have to contribute on special teams to make the team over Ryan Moats, Nate said:
“That”s kind of a first for me in a long time. In college, I didn”t play too much special teams, but it”s good. It”s another way to get on the field and you have to help the team in any way possible.” (

About the offseason minicamps, Nate said:
“These camps are set up more to just teach the system, so you hope that when you get to training camp you have everything down and have learned the system, and let your physical attributes take over. You definitely always want to be playing, but what you want to make sure is that when you”re playing, you know what you’re doing.” (

Random Warrior Quotes from the Star-Bulletin

June 26, 2007

About working on his footwork this summer, Kiran Kepo’o said:
“In high school we wanted to get as deep as possible after the snap. At UH, the idea is to make the steps a little shorter.” (HSB)

Asked why UH wants shorter drops, Kepo’o said:
“The angle is tough for the linemen to protect you if you go back too deep. It’s a little adjustment I have to make.” (HSB)

About working with the receivers this summer, likely redshirt Kepo’o said:
“Right now, it’s about timing. I made it through spring practice, so I’m working on keeping my arm in shape and knowing where they’re supposed to be on specific plays.” (HSB)

About how UH has offered him a scholarship and is appealing to him, Akron, OH safety Will Fleming said:
“Hawaii is at the top.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Fleming also has an offer from Akron, and has drawn interest from several Big Ten schools, including Illinois and Michigan State.”

Fleming’s Dad Jim, who used to coach at BSU and is now the Akron defensive coordinator, talked about Will’s interest in UH:
“He’s pretty jacked up about Hawaii. He’s always checking them out online. I think he’s trying to learn the haka.” (HSB)

Note: Fleming will be visiting UH when UH plays BSU this year.

3 Questions with Nate

June 24, 2007

Asked what he’s doing to get ready for training camp, Nate said:
“I just have to get my body fat down. A lot of it is strength, and I’ve been able to lift a lot, but I’m just trying to get rid of the bad stuff. I think they are going to have to assign people to help me do this type of thing. In college it’s tough. When I had my surgeries (shoulder twice and knee), I wasn’t able to stay active, so eating every day was going to mean gaining weight. But here it’s all football, so I’m able to focus on the things at hand and good dieting will help.” (

Asked what has been the hardest part of his transition to the NFL, Nate said:
“As far as the players go, they’re coming (at you) fast. In college, you’re able to get away with only a couple players being fast, but out here everyone’s fast. Even the coaches look kind of fast running these drills. But other than that, just the playbook and the time difference is tough.” (

Asked about his Marine brother currently in Iraq, Nate said:
“He’s in Iraq right now. He’s in communications, though, so I don’t think he’s in the fighting. He’s more or less getting information back and forth from the States to out there. I want to say he’s 100 percent safe, but he’s out there. He called on draft day, somehow. I actually missed his call because I was talking to Philadelphia and a lot of friends were calling. It came up as a message and I couldn’t get back to him. He called to mention that he was watching the draft on the computer out there, and he was real happy for the whole situation and all the Marines were happy too, so it was a good thing to hear.” (

Quotes about Michael Lafaele

June 24, 2007

About how their new 4-3 defense will give Lafaele more chances to make plays, JR said:
“The change in scheme has potential for Mike to make more plays upfield. He relishes the challenge to show he can do more.” (HSB)

About how Lafaele has led his teammates this offseason, JR said:
“There’s a new level of commitment I haven’t seen here before, and it’s because Mike won’t allow less. Since the start of spring practice, Mike has taken over and grabbed the leadership mantle.” (HSB)

About his daily routine, which includes 12 hours at UH, Lafaele said:
“It’s up at 5:15 in the morning and off to school, usually with Hercules (offensive lineman Satele) or another friend on the team. We’re on the field stretching by 6:30, doing some yoga or tai chi. Then drills at 7 a.m., on the field until 8:30. Then weights for an hour and a half.” (HSB)

About the sacrifice that he’s been making, Lafaele said:
“I don’t see the family too much.” (HSB)

Being understanding and supportive about Lafaele’s sacrifice for football, his wife Teri said:
“It’s a lot of dedication on his part. It works out fine. I work at nights 8 hours a day. We always find time for each other, however little it is.” (HSB)

About her husband, who does not receive the recognition he deserves, Teri Lafaele said:
“He’s low-key. People see my name and they say, ‘You have the last name of a famous person.’ I’m, ‘What?’ It happened the other day at the hairdresser. She saw my last name and said, ‘There’s a real good football player with that name.’ I had a big smile on my face after that. A lot of people, when they find out who he is, it’s weird, they’re so surprised. He’s not out there where people would recognize him. It’s funny, they tell him, ‘You’re the heart of the defense.’ ” (HSB)

About his expanded opportunities in the 4-3 defense, Lafaele said:
“It’s a lot easier in the sense of responsibility since we have one more guy on the line. In the 3-4 the nose had to control several gaps. In the 4-3 it’s one gap and you have more opportunities to blow the line up, breaking through into the backfield and creating havoc, disrupting the offense. When you play nose the goal is to control and disrupt the gaps.” (HSB)

About how he played on the offensive line at Farrington, Lafaele said:
“If you told me this would happen, I would have laughed. I never played defense.” (HSB)

JR says that Lafaele:
“was born to play defensive tackle. He did some things last year you don’t see very often, and he showed he can play against anyone. He clubbed a center to the ground, brought him to his knees. It’s sheer violence, to be honest with you.” (HSB)

About how Lafaele is gentle off the field, Teri said:
“He’s very sweet and humble. He’s really caring about everyone. He’s never like ‘Oh, whatever.’ He’s not as tough as he seems on the field. It’s hard for me to see him just throwing people around out there because I know that’s not how he really is.” (HSB)

About how Lafaele won’t wow the pros with his body, but they will be impressed with his play, JR said:
“But the people that play and coach with and against him, they all know, and there’s a tremendous amount of respect. Will he get a chance to play pro football? He’s always played well against tough competition, and Mike is turning himself into a playmaker. He’s not the prettiest guy on the team, and he’s not going to be doing underwear commercials anytime soon. But he’s a pure football player. I love that kid. He’s a special one.” (HSB)

Quotes from an interview of Ikaika

June 22, 2007

Asked what was the first thing that went through his mind when he answered his phone, Ikaika said:
“I was actually on the golf course. When my phone rang it wasn’t a familiar number so I thought this could be it. But I was getting so many calls that day I also thought it could be one of my friends. When I answered it I heard “Welcome to the Motor City.” I just thought I’m going to Detroit! It was so exciting. It was definitely one of the greatest moments that I’ve ever experienced and something I will remember for the rest of my life. The emotions that were running through my body were just unbelievable.” (POD)

Asked if it is true that he’s only been playing football for 4 years, and how he went from little or no experience to a 2nd round draft pick, Ikaika said:
“I still wonder that today. I pinch myself every night just to make sure I really am living this dream. It was a long road. It is true that I have only played for four years. I played basketball growing up. I had a lot of people telling me I couldn’t do it but I put everything I had into it. You never really know how much you love something until you put everything you have into it. And I love football. When people were telling me I couldn’t do it I would use that as fuel to get me through the tough times.” (POD)

Asked how his Father’s knowledge of football helped him to become a better player (his Dad played for the Packers), Ikaika said:
“He has helped tremendously. I was a basketball player growing up and never played football. He was a player and then was a coach too. I was playing basketball and volleyball when I was younger. When I got into football he had so much knowledge of the game that he started sharing with me. He was a quarterback when he played and a defensive coordinator when he coached so he knew both sides of the ball. He led me to do the right things. I just tried to listen to everything he was teaching me and work as hard as I could. Without his influence there’s no way I’d be where I am today.” (POD)

Asked how he got the opportunity to play football, since he started with basketball at UH, Ikaika said:
“When I was going into UH June Jones offered me a scholarship even though I had never played football before. Before I started school I used to work out with the football team to stay in shape and get ready for basketball. Obviously Coach Jones saw something in me and offered me a scholarship. I don’t know what he saw, I was only 200 pounds. Plus, I really wanted to see what I could do with basketball. After my freshman year I told Coach Jones I did want to play football and he offered me a scholarship again. My dad told Coach that we were not going to take the scholarship. I told me dad I thought he was crazy, he was giving away free money. My dad said “I don’t want you to be given anything. You need to earn it.” So I was a walkon until my junior year in college. When I got the scholarship coach Jones announced it in front of the entire team. It was just like getting the call from the Lions, the emotion that ran through my body was amazing. My dad paid for my schooling the first couple of years and that just made me work harder so that he wouldn’t have to pay any more.” (POD)

Asked what it was like to play for JJ and Glanville, Ikaika said:
“It’s been pretty amazing how everything has worked out. I was coached by two professional coaches in college. They are opposites, Coach Glanville was animated and really drove you, while Coach Jones is more easy going. That combination can be scary and look at all the success they have created there. Having Jerry Glanville as my defensive coordinator was great and having June Jones overseeing everything how many players get that kind of opportunity to learn in college?” (POD)

Asked what position he feels more comfortable are, and if he could end up at MLB, Ikaika said:
“Right now I am strictly a defensive end. You never know, they are talking about using me at every position on the defensive line, but I’ll do whatever the coaches ask. If they want me to play free safety I’ll do it. What ever they want I’ll do.” (POD)

Asked how it was to watch Chang and Colt shatter passing records and what was his favorite Warrior memory, Ikaika said:
“It was amazing all the national attention on those quarterbacks but that also put national attention on the whole team. It gave everyone a chance to be looked at. June Jones’ offense and philosophy works. Colt Brennan is returning and he’s going to be scary. I can’t wait to watch. The entire year last year was my most memorable moment. It was amazing just how we came together as a team. Being the team captain of the defense I just wanted to do things for everyone else. It was always a team effort. I am here because of all of them.” (POD)

Asked how it feels when Coach Marinelli compares him to a young Cory Redding, Ikaika said:
“Wow. Coming from Coach Marinelli that really means something. I just try to give a great effort every day. It’s very humbling to me but it proves what hard work can do for you. I am just going to play hard every day and hope to get to that level.” (POD)

Asked for his thoughts about playing for Coach Marinelli, who was been known for his DL expertise, Ikaika said:
“We watch film every day and he has coached the best – Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice. I just hope one day to get to that level. It’s funny how it all has worked out. I’m lucky. To have two pro coaches in college and now playing for one of the best defensive line coaches ever. Coach Marinelli is so upbeat and he cares about his players. I will always try my best not to ever let him down.” (POD)

Asked what he’s planning to buy with his 2nd round contract money, Ikaika said:
“I’m just going to buy what I need, a place to live and a way to get around. I’ll do something for my family. My dad has always kept me humble and has told me now the hard part starts. He’s right, I have to work even harder now. He knows what it takes and he has always helped me. I will do something special for them but it’s a secret.” (POD)

Asked what Lions fans can expect to see when he takes the field in their famed Honolulu Blue uniforms, Ikaika said:
“You are going to get to see this big Hawaiian guy do the best he can. I will run out there like a madman and do the best I can. The people of Detroit are great and I want to play well for them. I know that every time I step on the field I represent more than just myself. I represent the Lions and the City of Detroit. I don’t want to let those fans down.” (POD)

Asked what is the one goal he hopes to accomplish by the end of the season, Ikaika said:
“Get better and more experience and hopefully get some sacks along the way. I have one of the greatest jobs in the world and I don’t take that for granted. I really like the team and the coaches and I truly believe in my heart that we’re going to win. I have very high hopes and I am going to work really hard to help get us there.” (POD)

Quotes about Bess and Grice-Mullins

June 20, 2007

About the hard work he and Grice-Mullins are putting in all summer in Hawaii, Bess said:
“I feel like I’m at a point in my life and career where I’m not satisfied. Me and Ryan, we know if we work hard, there will be a payoff. It’s a matter of staying focused and humble.” (HSB)

“Work, work, work. Hard work pays off.” (HSB)

About the extra work that he and Bess are putting in, Grice-Mullins said:
“If you want to succeed, be the top in your sport, you have to go beyond what the average do. We come out early, make sure we get our running in. We run pretty much every day of the week. We do different things, but it’s every day. A lot of times it’s just me and him out here until everybody else comes. To me, every year’s our biggest year.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “They say character is defined by what you do when no one is watching. So it means even more that Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullins are early for practices now — in the summer, when the coaches aren’t around to note who are the early birds.

The work ethic of the Warriors’ junior slotbacks doesn’t cool off as the temperature rises. They were more than a half-hour ahead of the other 15 players who participated in yesterday’s informal pass-and-catch session at UH.

Bess and Grice-Mullins set up cones on the practice field, stretched thoroughly, and then did a progression of about a dozen sprints ranging from 10 to 50 yards, a workout designed to improve their explosiveness as well as endurance. Then they ran pass patterns for nearly an hour.”

About how he’s trying to improve his straight-away speed, Grice-Mullins said:
“Like last year, I want to get up field faster, not dance as much and get up field.” (HSB)

About how he got too excited before big games last season, Bess said:
“The main thing I’m working on is understanding the game itself, the big picture, and managing myself, being prepared the right way. I was over-pumped. I have to learn how to relax.” (HSB)

Note: This probably explains why Bess had a big problems with dropped passes (especially against Alabama) early in games.

Hoping that the NCAA will grant him an extra season of eligibility, Jazen Anderson said:
“I started school in 2002 at Moorpark College, but I was a part-time student.” (HSB)

About joining the players with their informal workouts, Azusa Pacific transfer Nate Nasca (Pearl City alum) said:
“I’m going to go to school this fall, but I won’t be able to play yet because of transfer rules. Hopefully I can in the spring. I just want to get a little bigger and learn the offense.” (HSB)

Quotes about Tim Chang being picked over Shaun King

June 18, 2007

About picking Tim Chang over Shaun King, head coach Taaffe said:
“One of the reasons we went with Shaun and Timmy head-to-head, was to let them play against the same competition with the same guys, and see what happened. It was pretty clear that Timmy’s performance and decision-making was clearly much more consistent than Shaun’s.” (Hamilton Spectator)