Archive for July, 2007

Quotes about Chad Owens

July 30, 2007

http://sports.tbo.com/sports/MGBS1O59Q4F.html

About the uphill battle he has to make the Bucs, Chad Owens said:
“I’ve had to work hard my whole life. Nothing was ever given to me. I don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for me because I’m not the only guy who had to do it this way. There are free agents who have come in and ended up being superstars.

I had an opportunity to walk onto Hawaii, play in front of my friends and family, and when I got an opportunity to play, I made the best of it, excelled, and the rest is history. Here I am in the same boat.” (TBO)

About how Chad wasn’t well known to many from his UH days, Gruden said:
“He’s from the University of Hawaii, so a lot of us haven’t seen them. We were in bed when they played.” (TBO)

About how he hasn’t been able to duplicate his college performance in the NFL, Owens said:
“I really don’t have the answer to that. It just comes down to making the best of your opportunities. I got a new opportunity here, and I’m definitely going to make the best of it. I can tell you that. I’m just excited and trying to get back to my form.

I don’t think I ever really lost anything I had. Unfortunately, things happen in life, but it’s up to you to respond. Some people crawl into a shell and give up, but I’m not one of those guys. I’m going to be working until I die.” (TBO)

TBO Note: “Through three days of practice, Gruden has been impressed by Owens. Gruden said Owens’ problem in Jacksonville was he dropped too many passes, but is excited about his potential on special teams with him possibly evolving into a third-down receiver.

Owens admits he dropped passes, but said catching has never been a problem. His biggest concern is grabbing an opportunity to become a key contributor this year.”

About the importance of preseason to him, Owens said:
“For a lot of the vets, preseason is kind of like, ‘Ah, let’s just get through this already. Let’s get the regular season started.’ For me, it’s a game. A chance to get out there and prove myself. To show these fans what I can do, and give myself an opportunity to make this team and be able to help during the season.” (TBO)

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Quotes about Nate Ilaoa being star-struck with the Eagles

July 29, 2007

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2007/072007/07292007/304056/index_html?page=1

About being a bit overwhelmed when he was at a mini-camp with the Eagles, Nate said:
“When you come out to practice and you take hand-offs from Donovan McNabb and you have to block Takeo Spikes, you realize you aren’t playing with these guys on a video game anymore,” Ilaoa said in a telephone interview last week. “These guys are actually real, and you’re actually out there playing with them.” (Free Lance-Star)

About competing with Moats and Hunt for a roster spot, Nate said:
“I’m just going to try to make it hard for the coaches to decide. All I can really do is put my best foot forward, and hopefully the coaches will recognize that.” (FLS)

Nate’s high school coach Chris Beatty can see Nate helping Philly in a variety of roles, especially because of his WR background:
“He catches the ball really well out of the backfield. And now he’s got a little more power than he used to. He adjusted well to playing running back.” (FLS)

About how Nate could have leave North Stafford after his junior year to move to Hawaii with his parents, but Nate chose to stay at his high school to show loyalty to the program, Beatty said:
“Nowadays in the NFL, character is so important. Nate doesn’t have any issues as far as that. He’s got as much character as anybody I’ve ever dealt with.” (FLS)

About the NFL, Nate said:
“This is my job now. I have to keep working if I want to be successful at it.” (FLS)

Random Warrior Quotes

July 29, 2007

Asked if he was now 100% after recovering from the quad strain that kept him out of almost all offseason activities, Ashley Lelie said:
“It feels close to that. I expect to practice. I can’t wait to get out there and just play football.” (SJ Mercury News)

About how Al Davis was “crazy” for drafting JaMarcus Russell with the 1st pick, JJ said:
“That guy isn’t ready to play, I’m sorry. If [Brennan] had come out last year, after it’s all said and done, after all the coaches worked out everybody, after they sat and talked to everybody, that he would have gone first. This guy can play. You’ve got to be nuts not to take a quarterback who can throw like that.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

About how BSU’s success last season helps their preseason hype this season, JJ said:
“Boise State set the standard that everybody’s shooting for. Some of our preseason hype is the result of their success.” (FWST)

Quotes about Reagan Mauia’s journey to the NFL

July 29, 2007

http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2007/07/28/sports/1_mauia_070728.txt

About how his classmates react when he says that his “Uncle Reagan” is on the Dolphins, 13-year-old Marquell said:
“They don’t believe me.” (LN)

About how he tries to live his life, Reagan said:
“I live by the two H’s. Stay humble and stay hungry.” (LN)

About growing up poor in Samoa, Reagan said:
“I didn’t know I was poor until I went to school and saw what other kids were wearing. We were at the bottom.” (LN)

Not bothered by his family’s financial status when he was growing up, Reagan said:
“My childhood was a happy one.” (LN)

About how his older brother carried him to the top of a waterfall when he was 6, telling him the only way he’d get home was to jump into the water below and swim his way back, Reagan said:
“I remember standing up there. He left me by myself. I just started wailing in the water and splashed my way back. I told him never to do that again.” (LN)

Not upset with the rough treatment he got from his brothers, Reagan said:
“I probably would have been a wimp. Probably not.” (LN)

About how their family’s lives didn’t get easier when they moved into a poor neighborhood in East Oakland where he Dad took a warehouse job, Reagan said:
“You come from one jungle to a whole different jungle.” (LN)

About how being a Samoan family in an African-American neighborhood resulted in a lot of misunderstanding and fights, Reagan said:
“We had to survive.” (LN)

About how he was a scrawny little kid weighing under 100 pounds in 6th grade until he found weights in back of an Oakland housing project, Reagan said:
“I just started lifting on my own and never stopped.” (LN)

Note: Reagan was 263 pounds by the time his family moved to Stockton before he started high school.

When he was sent to the freshmen team when he tried to go out for football as a freshman, Reagan was told:
“The freshmen coach said, ‘No son, the varsity field is back that way.'” (LN)

About Reagan as a freshman, Coach Tracy said:
“He was a creature, man. He had a lot to learn, but he learned real fast.” (LN)

Note: The coach would have put Reagan on the Varsity if it wasn’t for his rule that players had to be 15 before they were on the varsity.

Reagan had never played football before, but was put at RG and NG on the freshmen team, learning from teammates what to do:
“I’d line up and ask my tackle, ‘Who do I hit?’ “He’d tell me which number, and when the ball moved I’d knock them down.” (LN)

About how Reagan wanted to learn all he could and not just rely on his ability, Tracy said:
“He was a student of the game. He didn’t just want his natural ability to lead him. He wanted to learn all the fine details of the game.” (LN)

His work ethic translated to the weight room as well, learning lifting techniques from John Hunt, the first person he ever met on the Tokay campus.
About Reagan’s work ethic at Tokay High, John Hunt (a counselor and track and field coach who taught Reagan lifting techniques) said:
“He was bench-pressing 220 pounds as a freshman and 330 pounds by his sophomore year.” (LN)

LN Note: “When the track and field season came around, Hunt convinced Mauia to go out for the shot put and discus. Mauia didn’t like the sport at first, but he was a natural, eventually setting the school record in the discus with a mark of 172 feet, 6 inches.”

About how his brother Tuitafega transferred from Bear Creek to Tokay and they got to play together during Reagan’s junior year, Reagan (San Joaquin Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Year that year) said:
“That made me feel at home.” (LN)

About how Reagan was ruled athletically ineligible halfway through his Senior season when he and some teammates were found to have been drinking at a party, Hunt said:
“He made some choices and got himself into some situations, but it was hard to be disappointed with him because he felt he let the team down. He was never elitist or cocky. He was truly humble and sorry for any bad decisions he made.” (LN)

Note: Hunt’s parents took in Reagan his senior year because Reagan’s parents had to relocate to South Stockton.

Mauia signed a scholarship to play for Sacramento State, but he quickly backed out.
About how Reagan backed out of a scholarship agreement to play for Sacramento State, Reagan (lightly recruited because he was 6′ tall with a short wingspan, despite running a 4.8 40-yard dash while being 300 pounds) said:
“I would have been a Hornet, but I didn’t think it was the thing for me to do. I knew I could do better, but I wasn’t going to stop playing ball.” (LN)

About how he redshirted as a sophomore at Delta College after the birth of his son, Reagan said:
“I worked two jobs and went to school. Just trying to help out.” (LN)

LN: “During that time, Mauia continued to receive several scholarship offers from smaller schools. Knowing that Jesus Reyes, Delta’s wide receivers coach, knew someone at the University of Hawaii, Mauia asked him for a favor.”

About asking Reyes to contact UH for him, Reagan said:
“I got up the courage to ask Reyes to make a phone call for me. Just to get my name in the door.” (LN)

LN Note: “When Reyes did, Mauia was asked to send the school some game film. He gathered all the tape he could find from Tokay and Delta, sending an overnight package to Hawaii. The very next day, Hawaii head coach June Jones was on the phone.”

About the phone call with JJ, Reagan said:
“I couldn’t believe it was him. He told me, ‘If you’re willing to walk on, we’re willing to have you.'” (LN)

LN Note: “Mauia walked onto the team as a nose guard with Jones’ word that if he worked hard enough, he would eventually earn a scholarship. In the first 10 games of his junior season, he made one start and one tackle. But during the following week of practice, everything changed for Mauia. In preparation for Wisconsin, Hawaii’s scout offense needed a running back. Jokingly, Mauia offered his services.”

About his first play at RB, Reagan said:
“I laid out our starting linebacker.” (LN)

Note: Reagan played RB for UH that weekend.

LN Note: “At 350 pounds, Mauia made a quick impression, rushing for 56 yards on 10 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown trot up the middle in Hawaii’s regular-season finale against San Diego State.

If Mauia was going to reach the NFL, he knew this was his only chance to do so. But in order to make that a realistic goal, he had to lose significant weight. Drastically changing his diet — which began with cutting out trips to Jack in the Box — he was down to 315 pounds by the time spring ball came around. By fall, he was down to 290.”

About how JJ told him that he needed to lose weight to have a shot at the NFL, Reagan said:
“Coach Jones told me I had a chance (to make the NFL). I just had to think speed and agility.” (LN)

About how he learned to play FB at the Hula Bowl, Reagan said:
“I wasn’t worried about (the scouts). I was worried about learning to play fullback.” (LN)

About how scouts noticed him at the Hula Bowl, Reagan said:
“Scouts would come up to me and ask, ‘Where’d you play? We don’t have you listed as a fullback.'” (LN)

LN Note: “The Miami Dolphins were the only team Mauia visited, and as it turned out, he was one of four Samoans selected by the Dolphins on draft day, a group no referred to by the local media as the “Polynesian Wrecking Crew.” ”

Reagan’s 5’6″ father, Pili Mauia, wears a Miami Dolphins hat all the time now, Reagan said:
“He always wears that hat. He doesn’t have to, but he always does.” (LN)

About how he’s looking forward to buying a home for his parents soon, Reagan said:
“The 209 is still going to be my area code when I find a home. I’m definitely sticking around.” (LN)

Hoping to play in the NFL for a long time, Reagan said:
“I got the best advice from (Dolphins veteran) Zach Thomas. He just told me to stay healthy.” (LN)

Quote about Chad Owens

July 29, 2007

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/07/29/Bucs/Gruden_not_a_goodbye_.shtml

About Chad, Jon Gruden said:
“You know, he’s from the University of Hawaii, so a lot of us haven’t seen him because we’re in bed when they’re playing. But he’s had a knack for making huge plays in the kicking game. Struggled hanging onto the ball. It’s been well-documented at times in Jacksonville. He’s got a real compact build, he’s got power and instant acceleration and quickness and he’ll be a guy that will make the kick return game interesting. And as a luxury receiver, a guy who can come in and play three or four positions, he has a knack for making plays.” (SPT)

Quotes from Colt and his problem in Colorado

July 29, 2007

Looking back on his college career, Colt said:
“From where I started in college football to a Heisman Trophy candidate is … unreal, a surreal feeling. I just want to do it right.” (HSB)

Freely talking about his problems in Colorado, Colt said:
“After I got sentenced I lost my scholarship (offers).” (HSB)

“It will be an issue once I become a candidate for the NFL. It will resurface. I’m going to try to use it as a chance to really clear my name. I really got dragged through the mud by the media. A lot of stuff that was said was untrue. Articles that came out after I was sentenced were galaxies away from what I got charged with.” (HSB)

Praising Colt, SJSU All-America CB Dwight Lowery said:
“In my opinion, Colt Brennan is probably the best quarterback in the nation. He can make every throw and you have to respect that. And he can run. He brings a lot to the table.” (HSB)

About a lesson he took from the Colorado experience, Colt said:
“The biggest thing (learned) is probably humility. Walking away from that … you can’t embarrass me, you can’t humiliate me. I have nothing to hide. There’s no doubt what happened, the position I put myself in, I’ve got no one to blame but myself. But a lot of things that followed just weren’t right.

You’re meant to experience misfortune. You’re meant to deal with stuff that’s just not right. It’s just how you deal with it and how you move on with your life. I think people who want to talk about my character, should look at what I’ve done since then. Let the actions speak for themselves.” (HSB)

Asked for his career highlight, Colt said:
“Watching this past spring when everybody like Samson (Satele) and Nate (Ilaoa) signed contracts and got their money. We had a big barbecue for Samson before he left. To see those guys and last year’s success really pay off for the guys and hopefully a foundation set for years to come, that was special.” (HSB)

About how Colt is such a team-first player, JJ said:
“Colt’s such a team guy. He’s a great kid and a very talented player. Most of all he’s a winner. When the game starts he’s as excited as anyone to play football.” (HSB)

Asked why Colt stayed for his senior season, JJ said:
“I kind of think it’s the camaraderie, staying in the same place for three years. The consistency, being in one place meant something to him. He wanted to continue to enjoy that. It says a lot about him.” (HSB)

About entering his 3rd year at UH, Colt said:
“For the first time in my life I feel like a veteran. I never experienced that, even in Pop Warner. Every team it was one year. Now with two years and a comfort level I can practice leadership skills. With Samson, Nate, Leonard (Peters) and Tala (Esera) gone we have a lot of leadership roles to fill.” (HSB)

About how the NFL scouts want him to get bigger, Colt said:
“(The scouts) said they want a bigger kid. But without a doubt the main reason I came back was the experience of last year, all the fun times.” (HSB)

About how he’s up to 205 now and wants to be at 210 by NFL combine, Colt said:
“I’ve made a commitment to lifting. I do enjoy it to an extent. I’ve just never been a very strong kid. I feel bad when I’m taking so much weight off when it’s my turn.” (HSB)

About how he told Colt to work on his deep passes this offseason, JJ said:
“He’s already good at it, but it’s an area he can improve on.” (HSB)

Asked about Ian Johnson and the ESPY he flaunted at him, Colt got in some good digs at Ian:
“First of all, congratulations to Ian on his ESPY. Really. And I really missed him at the Walter Camp All-American banquet and I especially missed him at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Maybe next year we can meet up.” (HSB)

Asked why he wasn’t bitter about his Colorado days, Colt said:
“I just take it out on the field I guess. I learned you can’t hold grudges. If you want to prove people wrong you have to go out there and have a lot of success. I just realized that focusing on myself on being a good person and on the football field would do more for me than being bitter.” (HSB)

QB Coach Dan Morrison said that Colt has matured a lot during his time at UH:
“It’s one of the things that sets him apart. And much of his growth is due to the journey. Who he’s become is partly tied to difficult times. Everyone handles it differently, some disastrously so. Colt’s a shining example of turning adversity into positives.” (HSB)

Quotes about looking forward to the start of camp

July 29, 2007

Looking forward to the start of camp on Thursday, JJ said:
“I’m anxious to get started. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. The last three weeks, we’ve been counting down the days until the players show up (for camp).” (HA)

About how they are getting excited that the season is getting closer, Colt said:
“We’re definitely getting excited. When you start putting together all of the pieces, you’re creating a team. It’s all building up. We understand the opportunity we have in front of us, and we want to take advantage of it.” (HA)

About how Colt understands their offense better now, QB Coach Dan Morrison said:
“It was apparent in the spring that he’s seeing things so much faster.” (HA)

About how he can get better, Colt said:
“I know I can always do more. It has nothing to do with throwing for more touchdowns or yards. It’s making better decisions.” (HA)

About how Colt responds to tough times on the field, Morrison said:
“The more you put him under stress and in competitive situations, the better he is. He loves competitive environments. When things aren’t right, which is normal in football, he’s good at saying: ‘Let’s make a play.’ ” (HA)

Before he left for Philly’s training camp, Nate said about the Warriors:
“They’re going to have a great season.” (HA)

When Pilares caught a ball during a recent workout and got by the CB and S, a defender yelled at him:
“That’s how it’s going to be, huh?” (HA)

About the year he sat out of football after transferring from Nebraska, Leon Wright-Jackson (LWJ) said:
“The year off really helped me mature.” (HA)

About how JJ and Glanville agreed that Wright-Jackson reminded them of Eric Dickerson on film, Wright-Jackson said:
“Eric Dickerson is my favorite running back. When I was little, I used to watch his NFL films, and I trained to do what he did.” (HA)

About protecting the QB, LWJ said:
“If you’re going to be a running back, you have to be ready for the whole job. Pass-blocking is my job. My main job is to take care of the quarterback. He’s the key to the offense. I don’t mind going in there and hitting the linebacker.” (HA)

About how they get dozens of highlight tapes on WRs each week, WR coach Ron Lee said:
“From all of the exposure we’re getting, and the amount of times we throw the ball, a lot of people are interested.” (HA)

Happy to be back at WR after playing CB last season, CJ Hawthorne said:
“I’m back home on offense.” (HA)

HA Note: “In testing in March, Hawthorne tied Rivers and cornerback Ryan Keomaka by running a team-best 4.45 seconds over 40 yards.”

About how Malcolm Lane and Dylan Linkner will press him for playing time, Hawthorne said:
“Competition is good. But it’s not a popularity contest. We’re all here to do a job. Whoever does the job, praise God, will play.” (HA)

About taking a class on tai chi this summer, Lane said:
“Sometimes you’re standing on one foot the entire class.” (HA)

Having confidence in their OL, OL coach Dennis McKnight said:
“I have all of the confidence in the guys who will play. They won’t be like Apollo Creed, they’ll be like Rocky Balboa. They’ll win the fight. It just won’t be a knockout. It’ll be a 15-round decision. Give me guys who’ll go 15 rounds all day long.” (HA)

About moving Estes to center, McKnight said:
“People ask why we would move a great guard. It’s because he’s going to be a great center.” (HA)

About how Hercules has emerged as the leader of the OL, McKnight said:
“You can’t force somebody to be a leader. That rah-rah stuff doesn’t work. Herc’s the guy who plays his ass off, the guy everyone respects. It’s like that old commercial: When Herc speaks, everyone listens.” (HA)

About Lafaele’s vicious club technique, DL coach Jeff Reinbold said:
“That’s Michael’s signature move. “You really need that kind of physicalness at the point.” (HA)

HA Note: “Last year, Lafaele used the club to floor an Oregon State offensive lineman.”

DE Coach George Lumpkin said that Karl Noa will be:
“outstanding. He’ll be as good as anybody we’ve ever had.” (HA)

“He looks lean, but he’s 250, and he’s strong. He understands offensive linemen, and he knows how to get by them.” (HA)

Promising to be academically eligible to play this season, Francis Maka said:
“No doubt about it.” (HA)

About how he’s played football since he was a little kid, Blaze Soares said:
“Football is something I need. It’s in my blood. When I’m playing football, I’m happy.” (HA)

Cal Lee recruited Blaze out of Castle and said:
“I looked into his eyes, and I knew he had passion for football. It’s everything to him. He loves to make contact, which makes him an ideal linebacker, because linebackers make a lot of contact. He can run. He can hit.” (HA)

About Sol Eliminian, Cal Lee said:
“He has a sense of where the ball is going. You can’t teach that. He’s awfully bright. He could be a hell of a coach.” (HA)

About all of the DBs UH has recruited, Myron Newberry said:
“It doesn’t matter to me. Competition is competition. There’s going to be competition everywhere.” (HA)

“Defense is going to step up this year.” (HA)

Quotes about the Hawaii Football Camp

July 28, 2007

About 6’1″, 245-pound Reeve Koehler, JJ said:
“He’s 12? That’s incredible.” (HA)

About the interest in UH from his highly-touted brother and him, Reeve said:
“My older brother (Solomon) wants to play for UH. I want to play for UH. I wanted to come out here and impress the (UH) coaches.” (HA)

Reeve, who is too big to play in youth football leagues, said about the camp where the UH coaches served as instructors:
“I learned a lot.” (HA)

About UH, Solomon Koehler (considered the top prospect in Hawaii) said:
“I’m very excited about the idea of staying home. Hawaii’s at least in the top three.” (HSB)

About how the camp develops UH fans in addition to identifying players, Rich Miano said:
“This is good for our marketing, too. Not all of these players can play on our team, but we’re selling season tickets, we’re giving out schedule cards. We want them and their families to know we need their support and we appreciate it. We’ll definitely have this again next year.” (HSB)

Praising Rich Miano and Mel DeLaura for organizing the Hawaii football camp, JJ said:
“Rich and Mel did a great job of putting this together.” (HA)

HA Note: “The camp, the first since 1999 to involve the full UH coaching staff, came at the urging of defensive backs coach Rich Miano and conditioning coach Mel deLaura. Both are organizers of the successful Hawai’i Speed and Quickness clinics.”

HA Note: “The intent was twofold: Provide affordable instruction and widespread exposure. The top fee was $60 for the four-day camp. In comparison, Southern California charged $180 for two days.”

Christian Vasconcellos, who accepted a scholarship offer from UH during the camp, said about the Hawaii Football Camp:
“I couldn’t go to Mainland camps because of the cost. This is pretty affordable.” (HA)

Chris Fetters, recruiting director for scout.com, was impressed with the talent at the camp and said:
“It’s a solid crop, no question about it,” Fetters said. “I think they’re starting to scratch their potential. When you talk about kids on the islands, you’re talking about unlimited potential. You see physical strength and innate ability.” (HA)

HA Note: “Fetters rated wideout/defensive back Jermaine Kearse of Lakes High school in Washington as the camp’s best prospect.

Kearse is 6 feet 2 and 170 pounds, and can run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds.

He already has received offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, California, Arizona State and Colorado.”

After the 4-day Hawaii camp, Kearse said:
“I’m putting down Hawai’i as one of the schools I’m considering. It’s a nice place. I got along with the people.” (HA)

HSB Note: “Receiver Jermaine Kearse (6-2, 170, 4.5) has offers from most of the Pac-10 schools. The second cousin of Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end Jevon Kearse was among several Lakes High School players in attendance – including his quarterback, Calvin Schmidtke (6-0, 186). Kearse said it was a possibility when asked if he and Schmidtke might be a package deal.”

Praising Kearse, Fetters said:
“He can play offense and defense. He’s a great return guy. He showed a real great burst here.” (HA)

HA Note: Fetters said he gave high marks to defensive linemen Aaron Tipoti of Pac-Five, Haku Correa of Damien, Geordon Hanohano of Saint Louis and Solomon Koehler; offensive linemen Mykenna Ikehara of Kamehameha and Sean Tesoro of Baldwin; and running backs Kama Bailey of Damien and Dalton Hilliard of Punahou.”

Praising a few other standouts at the camp, Fetters said:
“Sean Tesoro was a big boost. And when Mykenna showed up, it really upped the level. There were some guys who obviously stood out.” (HA)

About the Hawaii Football Camp, Mykenna Ikehara (who has received offers from UH, UNLV, and SDSU) said:
“Part of going to this camp is to get exposure. And I’m learning a lot.” (HA)

Aaron Tipoti, who missed most of his sophomore and junior seasons due to injury, received an offer from UH at the camp and said:
“I didn’t have too good of a season in past years. I was injured. This camp is good. I’m learning new techniques, and I’m getting to meet a lot of coaches. This gives me a chance to show them I’m D-I material, and I have a lot to give.” (HA)

About how he learned from the camp, Kapolei coach Darren Hernandez said:
“We have one Division I school in this state, and nothing else above high school. We don’t have junior college teams here. This is a good chance to learn.” (HA)

About the UH Camp, which he ended with an 1-on-1 with Tipoti, Ikahara said:
“I liked it. I learned a lot.” (HSB)

HSB: “During the final rotation of the four-day clinic, the offensive and defensive linemen squared off for physical 1-on-1 battles. The finale featured Pac-Five defensive end Aaron Tipoti and Kamehameha tackle Mykenna Ikehara – both of whom have already received scholarship offers from the Warriors.

They worked each other hard, with a collision worthy of Aloha Stadium in October. But Ikehara kept Tipoti under wraps as UH defensive line coach Jeff Reinebold and Damien coach Brian Derby, one of the state’s most noted offensive line tutors, verbally motivated them.”

About ending the Camp with his 1-on-1 vs. Ikehara, Tipoti said:
“It’s awesome. He’s a great tackle and I’m looking forward to playing against him (in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu) this year.” (HSB)

About UH (who has offered him a scholarship), Tesoro (who is also hoping Oregon State offes him) said:
“I haven’t decided yet, but Hawaii’s definitely in my top two,” said Tesoro, who is also hoping for an offer from the Beavers. “I’ve always wanted to play for UH, but I think I should take my time to decide.” (HSB)

Christian Vasconcellos commits to UH

July 27, 2007

6’1″ Christian Vasconcellos, DB from Damien accepted a scholarship to UH and said:
“I like the hype. This is my home. I have to protect my home.” (HA)

“I’m going to be a Warrior.” (HA)

“My goal was to play Division I football and play here, but I wasn’t getting noticed by UH. All I got was a questionnaire when I was a sophomore, so I started thinking mainland. Now I’m happy because I don’t think I can leave my grandma (Nancy Vasconcellos), and I can play in front of my family.” (HSB)

HA Note: “Vasconcellos said he made his decision after attending the Hawai’i Football Camp at the UH athletic complex. The UH football coaches serve as instructors.”

About attending the Hawaii Football Camp, Christian said:
“It’s the only one I could afford. I couldn’t afford any other camp.” (HA)

Christian said that he learned:
“new things and different techniques I could bring back. It was really helpful.” (HA)

Christian had not received any offers before the camp, and went to it to:
“get on the radar.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “He has played cornerback, safety and wide receiver at Damien. He is also one of the state’s best triple jumpers. Vasconcellos will probably be a safety at UH.”

Some random Warrior-related quotes

July 27, 2007

About how he had to miss a few days of practices when he suffered leg pain while trying out new leg-strengthening workouts, Jason Rivers said:
“That was the hard part. I wanted to be out there. I need to be out there.” (HA)

About how their team has been working hard during the offseason, Colt said:
“Everyone is working hard. We want to have a good year.” (HA)

About how he’s looking forward to the UH game, Preseason WAC Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Lowery said:
“All of us got burned at Hawaii. Looking forward to it is an understatement. But if we’re not at our best, we could get beat the same exact way.” (HSB)