Archive for January, 2008

Mack hopes to keep the local players home

January 31, 2008

About getting the local players to go to Hawaii, especially after the Sugar Bowl season excited the entire state, Mack said:
“We need to keep all our players at home, and keep the journey going, look at what happened this last year, everybody’s still excited about what happened, we have to keep that excitement.” (KHNL)

About his plan to keep in contact with the schools and coaches all eyar long, Mack said:
“It’s going to be a year round thing, I want to get into all the high schools in Hawai’i and our coaches will put on clinics, just let the coaches know they’re all welcome to Hawai’i football and we’re all in the same situation and share our ideas and just be together.” (KHNL)

Loving how Mack plans to reach out to the high schools, Farrington Head Coach Randall Okimoto said:
“I think that’s a great gesture on his part, to show interest in the local high schools and to come out and meet us and show his interest is really gratifying to hear. That’s why it’s so special here is because of the culture, and that’s what I want the foundation of our program to be based upon, and we have great players here in Hawaii.” (KHNL)

KHNL Note: “In the two weeks Coach Mack’s worn the head coaching hat, the team’s already hosted almost 20 local recruits.”

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Aloha Stadium may be transferred to UH control

January 30, 2008

About how UH does not want to be responsible for repair, maintenance and capital improvement costs of the stadium, Linda Johnsrud, UH VP for academic planning, said:
“It’s not economically feasible, and in fact, would be a detriment to the university.” (HA)

HA Note: “Nine years after then-University of Hawai’i Warriors football coach June Jones suggested it, the state Legislature is again considering transferring control of Aloha Stadium to UH in an effort to raise more money for the athletic department. The proposal contained in House Bill 2429 cleared three House committees yesterday but faces an uphill climb after a state agency, the Stadium Authority, two unions and even the University of Hawai’i expressed concerns. Some of these concerns, such as the security of civil service positions at the stadium, will be addressed in the amendment moving to the House Finance Committee. Other concerns, particularly who would end up responsible for a backlog of repairs and much-needed refurbishment, are still up for discussion.

About how the state should take care of the upkeep of the stadium and then turn it over to UH, Tony Guerrero, chairman of Koa Anuenue, said:
“I think we all appreciate what happened in the last season. In order to continue success, we need better revenue sources.” (HA)

HA Note: “Guerrero, a vice chairman at First Hawaiian Bank, said that in order to use the stadium to raise revenue, it needs to be run less like a government entity and more like a business. He pointed out that transferring management to the university would not mean that the stadium could no longer be used for high school sports, carnivals, concerts and the swap meet, one of the many issues raised during the hearing.”

When telling lawmakers that only 13% of the stadium’s $9.4 mil in revenue comes from UH events, Aloha Stadium manager Scott Chan said:
“Aloha Stadium doesn’t merely service the University of Hawai’i.” (HA)

HA Note: “Stadium officials said about 60 percent of the stadium’s revenue comes from the swap meet, and trying to increase revenue in that area by raising rates could have the unintended effect of driving vendors out.”

About how he believes it would be more effective to give money directly to UH instead of drawing attention away from the stadium’s need for repairs and a complete refurbishment for all users, state Comptroller Russ Saito said:
“This bill attempts to channel money to the UH program but offers no compelling reason why it should do so.” (HA)

HA Note: “Rep. K. Mark Takai, D-34th (Newtown, Waiau, Pearl City), who supports the proposal, said he was glad that the issue was finally back on the table. Jones first suggested the proposal during his first year, 1999, yet it has only had a hearing once, Takai said. According to Takai, seven of the 12 schools invited to the BCS games could raise twice the revenue of UH, and he suggested that stadium management could be tailored to capitalize on the football team’s success.

About how stadium management could be tailored to capitalize on the success of UH’s football team, Takai said:
“It could be win-win-win all around. We just need to expand the box a little bit.” (HA)

HA Note: “While only Rep. Barbara Marumoto, R-19th (Wai’alae Iki, Kalani Valley, Kahala), voted against the bill, several House members voiced strong reservations. Rep. Cynthia Thielen, R-50th (Kailua, Kane’ohe Bay), for instance, asked whether giving UH the stadium would help, or just saddle the university with more debt and a bigger headache.”

About an alternative plan, Rep. Hermina Morita said:
“It might not be necessary to dismember the authority, but just change the rules under which they operate.” (HA)

Recruiting quotes

January 30, 2008

About how Mack and Cal Lee are visiting Kahuku today, Kahuku coach Reggie Torres said:
“Coach Mack really wants to get to know the (high school) coaches.” (HA)

HA Note: “Former UH head coach June Jones had not visited Kahuku in his nine seasons, while coaches from Mainland schools made routine stops, Torres said. Sometimes, coaches weren’t even there to recruit, but just to let Kahuku know their schools were always interested if it had a prospect.”

About how Mack attended a meeting of OIA principals and ADs and was well-received, OIA executive director Dwight Toyama said:
“He said he plans on going to each school. Before he even talks to the coaches, he wants to get to know the principals and ADs. I think that adds some value.” (HA)

HA Note: “Meanwhile, Kahuku All-State linebacker Paipai Falemalu and defensive end Alema Tachibana will make official recruiting visits to the UH campus this weekend, Torres said. This is the final weekend recruits can make official campus visits. The first day high school recruits can sign binding national letters of intent is Feb. 6.”

About how the 6’3″, 220-pound Paipai has narrowed his choices to Cal, Washington, and Oregon State, Torres said that Falemalu is a good student and:
“is always thinking about his future. He’s a coach’s dream. He’s a good student and a great athlete.” (HA)

Tachibana, who 6 feet 3 and 200 pounds, can play linebacker or defensive end, Torres said.
About the 6’3″, 200-pound Alema Tachibana can play LB or DE, Torres said:
“Alema is better at the down position. He likes to be in a three-point stance and charge.” (HA)

About his choice of college, Leilehua OLB Art Laurel said:
“I’m going to be a Warrior.” (HA)

“I have family down here, and I want to be a Warrior. I want to play in front of my friends and family.” (HA)

HA Note: “Laurel received interest from Washington, Idaho and Idaho State.”

HA Note: “Laurel’s older brother, Clayton Laurel, is a UH lineman.”

The 6’1″, 205-pound Laurel said that he would like:
“to reach at least 235.” (HA)

About how it has been hard to gain weight while competing on his basketball team, Laurel said:
“I’m running all of the time. I’m trying to gain weight, but I keep losing it.”

HA Note: “Still, pound for pound, Laurel is a physical, tough-hitting linebacker. He was named to The Advertiser 2007 All-State first team. Laurel was a key contributor for the Mules, who upset Saint Louis School, 20-16, in the state championship game.”

About their state championship win, Laurel said:
“It was incredible. I had that good feeling. It was unbelievable that we actually won. A lot of people doubted us. They thought Saint Louis would win. But we pulled it off. It felt good. It was a long time since Leilehua won a state championship game.” (HA)

About his love for football, Laurel said:
“Since I was in first grade. I always wanted to play football.” (HA)

About the name of one of his youth teams, Laurel said:
“We were the Warriors. That was a really good team.” (HA)

About how his family has also lived in California, Ohio, and North Carolina, Laurel said his family:
“likes traveling, and doing different things.” (HA)

HA Note; “When he was 14, his family moved back to Hawai’i. Laurel, who is Samoan and Filipino, said most of his father’s family lives in Hawai’i. His mother’s family is from the Mainland.”

About having his brother Clayton serving as his host on his recruiting trip, Art Laurel said:
“It was fun. We ate a lot. All of the coaches were good to us. They gave us a tour of the school. It was fun meeting people from out of state, and from other schools on the Islands.” (HA)

About the Super Games, Mack said:
“It’s a good way to build team chemistry.” (HA)

About earning points in the Super Games, Mack said:
“There will be minuses for missing classes and study halls, plusses for good grades and progress in training.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Offseason organized weight training begins Monday, with three sessions a week, under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Mel deLaura. The fun day is next Wednesday, when the Super Games commence. The teams will compete in a variety of events including basketball, water polo, relays, arm wrestling and shuttle relays.”

About the Super Games, Mack said:
“We did this at Texas Tech. Its a fun way to condition and for the players to learn to be part of a team. The guys will enjoy it. I feel like our conditioning is in great hands. (DeLaura) and Tommy (Heffernan) and their staff have added to our fourth-quarter play.” (HSB)

HA Note: “To spice up the offseason, head coach Greg McMackin is implementing a Super Games competition. This Friday, there will be a draft to form 10 teams from the UH football players who are on the spring roster. The players will go through conditioning drills and weight-training workouts Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teams can amass points when members show improvement in the drills and workouts. Points will be awarded — and deducted — for academic performances. Miss a class? Lose 50 points. Each Wednesday, there will be Super Games, in which teams will compete in such activities as arm wrestling, no-rules basketball and water polo. Points will be added from the conditioning program, academic performances and results of Super Games. Right before the start of spring practice, the two teams with the most points will meet in the Super Games championship.”

About how QB Trudnowski is waiting to know if he will be able to join the Warriors, Jeremy Bryant said:
“Hes actually supposed to know pretty soon. Hes good. Were both a little under the radar. Andrew because hes a true freshman who came out of nowhere. Me, because I tore my ACL.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Its been nearly 40 years since George Lumpkin went to school and played football at Los Angeles Harbor College. But the Hawaii assistant coachs ties to his alma mater appear to remain strong. Lumpkin still has enough pull to recruit there. The Warriors got a commitment from cornerback Jeramy Bryant over the weekend. And Bryant hopes to be joined by a teammate, quarterback Andrew Trudnowski.”

About how they want to recruit a QB, Mack said they:
“want to get a quarterback.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “He expects 12 to 15 visitors this weekend, and will have about three to five scholarships remaining to offer. Lumpkin and quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich were in California yesterday recruiting, reportedly making home visits.”

Not planning to fill their final opening right away, Mack said:
“After recruiting, and before spring ball. We will hire one more guy, but Im not in a hurry. It will be an offensive position coach. We can make sure the guy will be a perfect fit.” (HSB)

About how DT coach Ikaika Malloe will be their special teams coordinator, Mack said:
“He and I will get together on the philosophy. He has a good philosophy, but we still need to sit down and talk.” (HSB)

About being more aggressive in trying to block kicks, Mack said:
“Everything we do is attacking, offensively and defensively. So why not on special teams?” (HSB)

HSB Note: “McMackin will officially announce coordinators and job titles of holdover coaches. Cal Lee, Ron Lee, George Lumpkin and Rich Miano are the holdovers. Cal Lee is expected to be named defensive coordinator, Ron Lee offensive coordinator, George Lumpkin linebackers coach and Rich Miano secondary coach. Lumpkin and Miano will also likely receive assistant or associate head coach titles.”

Abou how his mother is from Guam and that will help him adapt to the island lifestyle in Hawaii, Bryant said:
“I think my mom had a lot to do with (committing to UH). She said, Thats your roots. I loved it as soon as I got off the plane.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “The 5-foot-9, 177-pound Bryant was joined by two other California JC commitments on Sunday: receiver Mike Tinoco (6-2, 195, Saddleback) and cornerback Chris Black (5-11, 170, College of the Canyons). The incoming recruit class now has six potential cornerbacks. Two-year starters Myron Newberry and Gerard Lewis completed their eligibility with the Sugar Bowl. McMackin said everyone will get a look, but seniors Ryan Mouton and Guyton Galdeira and junior J.P. Davis are the returnees with the most experience.”

Ikaika Malloe is the Warriors’ DL and Special Teams coach

January 29, 2008

About his job at UH, Malloe (1992 Kamehameha grad, his wife Tara is also a Kamehameha grad) said:
“It’s a dream job for me.” (HA)

“Just to come back home, that’s a blessing, and obviously to try to maintain the winning ways (at UH), that’s another honor. I can’t explain in words just how happy I am to be home. It’s always been a dream of mine to come home and coach for my hometown.” (HSB)

About his 3 kids, Malloe said:
“Now they get to spend time with the cousins and aunties and uncles.” (HA)

About how he kept cheering for UH, Malloe said:
“Sometimes I’d have a hard time staying up because UH plays so late our time. But anytime we got to watch, we were cheering just like we were in the stands. No matter where we were, we were always representing Hawaii.” (HSB)

Excited about his job at UH, Malloe (UTEP’s DL coach the past 5 seasons) said:
“I’m really excited about this opportunity. I hope to bring enthusiasm, and help maintain the winning tradition. I’m not a savior. I’m not replacing anybody. I’m not there to be somebody else. I’m there to help as much as I can, and help Hawai’i continue the winning ways.” (HA)

HA Note: “Malloe was an All-State safety at Kamehameha Schools. He played cornerback, safety and linebacker at Washington.”

HSB Note: “Malloe walked on at Washington and eventually earned a starting job in the secondary. He was named the Huskies’ hardest hitter for three seasons, led the team in interceptions as a sophomore and won the program’s most inspirational player award.

After sticking around the program for a five-year stint as a student and graduate assistant, he got his first full-time coaching job at Western Illinois. In three years with the Leathernecks, he spent time as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator and supervising the strength and conditioning program for a year. His term at UTEP under head coach Mike Price followed. Through the years, Malloe maintained contact with UH assistant Cal Lee and jumped at the chance when a position opened on the Warriors staff.”

About being offered a graduate assistant stop at U-Dub after his playing career ended, Malloe said he requested to work with the DL:
“The one position I didn’t know was defensive line. I fell in love with it.” (HA)

Malloe said that a defensive lineman:
“can’t avoid contact. Every play, you have a deciding factor in it, good or bad. That was a challenge for me.” (HA)

HA Note: “Malloe was on the Washington coaching staff for five years, before joining Western Illinois as defensive line coach and then special teams coordinator.”

About getting a job at UTEP after U-Dub DC Tim Hundley moved from U-Dub to UTEP in 2004, Malloe said:
“It’s funny how the world works.” (HA)

HA Note: “In El Paso, Malloe broadened his recruiting contacts. When the Miners were members of the Western Athletic Conference, Malloe recruited in Utah and Southern California, from San Diego to Ontario. When the Miners moved to Conference USA, Malloe was assigned East Texas and Louisiana. He said he worked the triangle of Dallas to Shreveport to Houston. He averaged four to five signings per year.”

About recruiting, Malloe said:
“I love recruiting.” (HA)

Malloe said that recruing in such diverse areas:
“helped to gain experience not only in getting past the door but also closing the door in recruiting.” (HA)

HA Note: “Malloe said he enjoyed his stay in El Paso, where head coach Mike Price created a family-friendly atmosphere. The UTEP staff was given off the month of July, a vacation time the Malloes spent in Hawai’i.”

About spending each July in Hawaii, Malloe said:
“It was good to bring my family home. You’re talking about things you cannot put a price to.” (HA)

About going back to El Paso after a month in Hawaii, Malloe said:
“Every time we’d come back (to El Paso), we’d have to bring back our own rice and shoyu.” (HA)

About how he told Cal Lee he was interested in the job, Malloe said:
“When the opportunity came about where they might have a defensive line opening, I told him I was very interested. I had a lot of help from (Price). Being that I’m from here, he knew that it was a dream of mine to one day come back and coach at home. He called Coach McMackin at least five or six times trying to get me an interview, trying to get me an opportunity to come home.” (HSB)

About the last football game between UH and UTEP (in El Paso in 2004), Malloe said:
“I couldn’t wait to see coach (Cal) Lee, even though we were competing. I’m so proud of the (UH) program. I hoped one day I’d have an opportunity to come home.” (HA)

HA Note: “That came after Greg McMackin was named UH head coach. At the recommendation of Hundley, McMackin’s close friend, the Warriors received permission to contact Malloe. UTEP’s Price, as much as he valued Malloe, declined to stand in the way.”

About how Hawaii is special, Malloe said:
“No matter where I’m at — Washington, Illinois or El Paso — my heart has always been in Hawai’i.” (HA)

HA Note: “Malloe is expected to energize the Warriors’ special teams. He said UH’s schemes will be designed in consultation with McMackin.”

About changing their special teams, Malloe said:
“We will be an attacking special teams. We’re going after blocks. We’ll try to return kicks for touchdowns.” (HA)

About getting the “hidden yards” to win field position on each punt and kickoff, Malloe said:
“My goal, every game, is to win those hidden yards. We want to get first downs [gains of more than 10 yards] on punt returns. Those things people take for granted have an effect on the game.” (HA)

About his troubles at Washington, Malloe said:
“It helped me build character and just understanding where I stand. I’m thankful for what I’ve got. They are old news but it’ll never leave me, that’s just part of life. The things that were bad at the time for me are good right now. Those are things that helped me become the man I am now.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Malloe got into a couple of scrapes while coaching at Washington, one involving long-distance phone calls — his portion of which he paid back in full — and another dealing with his participation in an NCAA Tournament pool. He said those matters have been settled and he’s been able to grow from those experiences.”

Colt interview after the Senior Bowl on scout.com

January 28, 2008

Asked how much of an honor it was to be selected for the Senior Bowl, Colt said:
“For me it was a tremendous honor. I come from one of the smaller schools and this Bowl is supposed to be for the top seniors in the country. Just to be invited was a great honor. I had a great week down here. I loved meeting all of the great guys from all over the country. Everyone says that this is it, it’s the next step to the next level. It was a great experience and I loved it.” (scout.com)

Asked about the controversy over his weight being measured at 185, Colt said:
“It was tough, but when I walked in to get weighed everyone was talking about my weight before I even got here. They said I was skinny and that I needed to get bigger. The fact that I weighed in light really wasn’t a surprise to me or anyone else. But now it was justified that I was kind of light. I felt heavier than that at the end of the week, and I’d guarantee right now that I’d be around 190 – 195. I was coming off of a stomach flu, which some of the players down here experienced, and it was bad timing for me. The good news is that this is the least important weigh in. The next two weigh-ins are the most important. If my weight is up by then, not only will it show my work ethic, but people will be happy.” (scout.com)

When it was mentioned that he had a slow start to his week in Mobile but got more comfortable as the week progressed, Colt was asked what was the cause for his slow start and said:
“I think everyone had their own progression down here. Everybody said that their worst day was probably going to be one of the first days. I had a great seven-on-seven the first day, but I kind of struggled in other stuff. On Tuesday, we did routes vs. air trying to get timing down. But as you progress and keep doing it and getting more experience, you get more confidence. Once I started having success, I built off of that. Also on Tuesday, we did seven-on-seven and other team stuff, and I had success. I was really excited about Wednesday. I felt really good after Wednesday and I knew on Thursday that I really wanted to put it all together, because it was our last day of practice. I felt that I went out and did a good job on Thursday and made things happen.” (scout.com)

Asked how much of an advantage it is to have pro coaches coach him and to be put into an NFL system during Senior Bowl week, Colt said:
“That’s huge, because if you don’t have the opportunity to play in this game, your first NFL mini camp is your first experience [around NFL coaches]. The Senior Bowl was sort of like a minicamp in a sense. We got a taste of what the NFL is like, and I think that’s going to help me be prepared when I hopefully get drafted and move onto the next level.” (scout.com)

Adked what it was like to be coached by 49ers OC Mike Martz and how his system utilizes his strengths, Colt said:
“I really enjoyed Coach Martz’s system. One thing I think that helps is that it’s a numbers system. If you know the route tree, you’ll have a good idea of what to do. We were only seeing Cover 1 and Cover 3 this week with no blitz, so it makes things simple. Coming from my offense, we would never see Cover 1 and Cover 3, because we’d kill it. Just knowing what I come from and how I’d prepare for those defenses, and being in a numbers system and knowing each route when I hear it in the huddle, I walk up to the line knowing where I want to go with the ball.” (scout.com)

Asked what was the biggest adjustment or challenge that faced him each pay in practice, Colt said:
“I think playing within the system. At Hawaii, I had so much confidence, and I’d do a lot of things on my own, and I would implement things Coach Jones taught me. Towards the end of the week in practice there were two plays where I got into my old habits, although it wasn’t detrimental, it wasn’t what the coach was teaching us. For instance, I was trying to throw a back shoulder route on a fade route, instead of just throwing it up. Then I tried to pump a flat and up in the endzone when I had a guy dragging across the middle wide open. As long as I stayed within the system and did what I’ve been taught, I was hoping to be consistent and efficient during the game.” (scout.com)

Asked about being around all of the great players during Senior Bowl week and what he learned about his game and what he needs to imrprove on, Colt said:
“The one thing that I learned is that I feel like I belong. Being out there making plays, doing good things, that is something I can definitely do. I had confidence throughout the week. I like the fact that they balanced the playing field for everyone, so that they can compare everyone on the same level. I really enjoyed that and blossomed during the week and felt I got better each day.” (scout.com)

Asked about his great chemistry with Florida WR Andre Caldwell all week in practice and it was about his game that made him comfortable, Colt said:
“He’s really smooth in his routes. You can anticipate where he’s going to be really well. It just so happened when I was watching film I realized that it seemed I was always throwing to Caldwell. Now, it has to do sometimes with the safeties dropping out of coverage, but whenever I looked his way we had great chemistry, and I knew where he liked the ball.” (scout.com)

Asked for his impression of the entire scene at the Senior Bowl, with pro scout watching every practice and dealilng with team representatives and media after practice, and signing autographs for every fan that approached him, Colt was asked how he was able to handle all of those demands and he said:
“It’s funny, because when you go to a school like Hawaii you kind of forget what all the other schools have to go through. I realized how much we had to overcome playing in Hawaii. The team meetings and the media requests weren’t that difficult to get through. In fact I’ve enjoyed it. In Hawaii, the structure wasn’t there. It felt like you had to over compensate for a lot of the resources that weren’t there for you. We did a lot of traveling, and it felt like we were always entering different time zones. But to come out here for a week like this and work through a slow progression where in the beginning it was hard and then it got easier at the end of the week, I think it was really nice and everyone got adjusted. For me it was awesome, and when I get to the NFL with all the resources every team has, it will be a lot easier for me to handle.”

Asked about the interview process at the Senior Bowl–how many teams he met with, what the discussions were like, and did anyone show more interest than another, Colt said:
“There were a lot of teams that I met with; I’d say I met with 15 – 20 teams over the three-day interview process. I walked away feeling very strong in some areas and not so strong in other interviews. There was really only one interview I walked away from wondering how it went. I kind of questioned it; I couldn’t get a feel for it. Every other interview I went in on, my agents and I got great feedback. They said I did a great job through the interview process and that I was well prepared. As long as I maintain that and do a good job when I get to the Combine, obviously it’s going to help me.” (scout.com)

Asked how much a factor the weather was in the game, Colt said:
“The weather could have been better, but when you play football you have to play in all kinds of weather. You have to be able to play through that stuff. I just had a lot of bad luck happen to me last night. I couldn’t really get anything going. Things like this happen sometimes — that’s football. But from everything that I’ve heard, they (scouts) don’t read into this game too much. It was a chance for me to improve my game and my draft stock, but unfortunately I wish I could have done more during the game.”

Asked about the INT he threw on his opening drive, throwing to a double-covered TE, Colt was asked what he saw on the play that made him decide to challenge the D and he replied:
“I was trying to squeeze the ball in between two defenders and the linebacker broke on the ball. The ball kind of ricocheted and it ended up in his hands. Luckily, I wasn’t the only quarterback who turned over the ball last night. I think there were eight turnovers in the game and a couple of quarterbacks threw some interceptions. In an all-star game like this you have to make the best of what you’re given, and I wish I could have done a little bit more. I don’t think this game will be too detrimental to me. I think it will be detrimental to me in how media people look at it, but I think when the coaches and scouts and people who know football look at it, they will think this week helped me and not hurt me.” (scout.com)

Asked about his 3rd drive in the first quarter, where he led the team past midfield but then Tulane RB Matt Forte fumbled, Colt said:
“I finally got something going on that drive, but unfortunately the running back fumbled the ball after a nice run. That’s the all-star game. There’s a lot of that’s stuff going on. I feel like I was the guy who had the most to prove, because of where I came from and the system I played in, so everyone was looking at me and wanted to see what I could do out there. I’m not saying things went bad, but not everything went well for me.” (scout.com)

Asked how good it felt for his team to win the game, Colt said:
“That was cool. It was a great ending to a fun week. I thought our team had great chemistry and we got a long really well, and to see us win the game like that was a lot of fun.” (scout.com)

Asked how the Senior Bowl prepared him for the coming weeks as he prepares for the Combine, Colt said:
“The interview process definitely prepares you. It gives you a great look at what you’re going to go through at the Combine. I’ve gotten to know a lot of scouts and coaches and had the opportunity to speak with them. You also get a feel for what teams are looking for. This is a huge thing for guys, especially guys who are not considered to be top picks in the draft, guys who are trying to move their draft stock up. If you come in here and embrace the situation and do a lot of good things, it prepares you that much more for the Combine and hopefully elevates your draft status.” (scout.com)

Asked what he was doing now that the Senior Bowl was over, Colt said:
“I’m competing in the Quarterback Challenge this week at the Super Bowl. I’m going to try to hit some targets and maybe win a TV or something. After that, it’s right back to training. Hopefully I can get my weight up to about 200 before the Combine. I have four weeks of training to polish up on my footwork under center. I’m going to take what I learned this week and build on it and show up at the Combine and have a great workout. I’m going to just concentrate on the things I need to do to get people interested in me and get teams wanting to draft me.” (scout.com)

Sporting News article on Colt

January 28, 2008

About the team he hopes to join in the NFL, Colt said:
“I want to go to a place where the coaches want to invest time with me and I can be the guy down the road.” (SN)

SN Note: “There is a demand for his services, too. Did you see all of the mediocre quarterback play in the NFL this season? Plenty of teams need quarterback help. And plenty of teams had their eyes on Brennan last week. Brennan’s strengths and weaknesses are not camouflaged. When he jogged onto the field for Senior Bowl practices, it was hard not to notice how frail he looked next to the South team’s other two quarterbacks — Tennessee’s Erik Ainge, who was listed on the Senior Bowl roster at 6-5 and 215 pounds, and Kentucky’s Andre’ Woodson (6-4, 220). Brennan was listed as 6-3 but admitted he weighed even less than 185 pounds two weeks ago, when he had a bout with the stomach flu. ”

One AFC GM said about Colt:
“Look at him. How could you not wonder about his durability?” (SN)

SN Note: “Brennan’s arm was clearly not as strong as that of Michigan quarterback Chad Henne, who was also at the Senior Bowl. When Brennan threw the ball more than about 25 yards in drills, his spiral lost some tightness. And although his delivery was quick, it came from a semi-sidearm motion near his ear. Brennan, however, was very impressive in live drills against defenders. He spotted open receivers quickly. He threw accurately. He was nimble enough to elude pass rushers, he threw well on the run, and he improvised nicely when a play broke down.”

About how people are divided in their evaluation of Colt, former Redskins OC Al Saunders said:
“There’s a lot of divided opinion about him, but arm strength is very overrated in the NFL. Bill Walsh used to say the most important attributes for a quarterback are accuracy, courage and intelligence. Those things all override a strong arm, and this kid has them.” (SN)

SN Note: “What scouts find hard to ignore is how prolific Brennan was in college. Hawaii’s offense gobbled up real estate faster than Donald Trump. If Brennan can run an NFL offense, nobody will care what he weighs or how strong his arm is.”

About QBs, 49ers coach Mike Nolan said:
“Line up all the great quarterbacks and they all come in different sizes and styles. First you see if a guy’s accurate and if he can execute when the play works. Then when the play breaks down, can he still make a play? Those are the guys who make it.” (SN)

About his critics, Colt said:
“We’re all system quarterbacks. Why worry about critics? Our system at Hawaii worked pretty well. Now my goal is to learn another one.” (SN)

SN Note: “He showed that determination last week. The two top-rated quarterbacks in the draft, Brian Brohm of Louisville and Matt Ryan of Boston College, skipped Senior Bowl week, but Brennan was up at 7:30 a.m. daily, studying with 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz. And Brennan was focusing on getting over 200 pounds by the Scouting Combine in a few weeks.”

UH gets 3 JC commits

January 28, 2008

H Note: “Mike Tinoco, a wide receiver from Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Chris Black, a cornerback from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. Jeramy Bryant, a cornerback from Los Angeles Harbor College. All three have two seasons of eligibility remaining.”

About the UH coaching staff, Tinoco said:
“I love the offense. The coaching staff is great. They’re awesome.” (HA)

HA Note: “Tinoco gives the Warriors another big (6 feet 2 1/2 and 200 pounds) wideout, joining incumbents Greg Salas, Malcolm Lane and Dylan Linkner, and newcomer Daniel Lofton. Tinoco said he has run 40 yards in 4.53 seconds. Tinoco also received interest from Boise State and Connecticut.”

About his hobbies that will fit nicely with Hawaii, Tinoco said:
“I love to surf and bodyboard and bodysurf. I’ve been doing that for 10 years now.” (HA)

About Hawaii, which he was visited a few times, long-biard surfing off Hale’iwa and Waikiki, Tinoco said:
“I love the Islands. It’s kind of my style.” (HA)

Asked if he committed to the Warrriors, Black said:
“Yes, sir, I’m going to be a Warrior. Being out here for the weekend, I like the surroundings. It’s kind of laid back. I like the football team. I have a chance to come in and play right away.” (HA)

HA Note: “Black, who is 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds, said he has run 40 yards in under 4.5 seconds. He was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but opted to attend a junior college in California. Black received interest from Indiana, Nevada, Central Michigan, New Mexico State and Idaho State. But after the past weekend’s visit, he decided nothing compared to paradise.”

Black said that during his visit:
“I met great people. I love how they show the Hawai’i football program so much love. I feel like I can fit in.” (HA)

About Bryant, L.A. Harbor coach Andrew Alvillar said:
“He’s a great kid. He’ll be a great asset to the program. He’s a hard-working kid. He gets the most out of any situation. He’ll be missed in our program. He was a leader on our team.” (HA)

“I round it up to 4.5.” (HA)

About Bryant who set the team record last season with 14 pass breakups, Alvillar said:
“Athletically, he’s always around the football.” (HA)

HA Note: “Bryant visited Akron and Washington State. He also received interest from Oregon State, Iowa State and Utah State.”

Bryant said that before the end of his recruiting trip yesterday he decided that:
“Hawai’i is where I want to be. I love coach Mack. I love his coaching style, and the way he approaches things, the way he handles his business. And I met my personal coach, (Rich) Miano. He’s great. He knows his stuff.” (HA)

About how their two freshmen starting safeties looked to Bryant for leadership, Alvillar said:
“He’s a real physical type of player. He’s physically strong. He’s really determined to be the best player he can be. He strives to be the best. He works hard. He does a lot of extra stuff. He’s really going to dive into this opportunity and make the most of it, for sure.” (HA)

Adding that Bryant performs a lot of community service and his active in his church, Alvillar said:
“He’s a good role model. And he’s low maintenance. Tell him what to do and, and he’ll do it above and beyond. You’ll never have to worry about him.” (HA)

Maui News feature on GM and recruiting

January 27, 2008

About how he will visit all of the schools in Hawaii and establish relationships with all of the coaches, in an effort to keep all of the local boys in Hawaii, GM said:
“You know, we are always looking at a place like Maui. But definitely in the future, when we go out this spring, I want to personally get into every high school in the state of Hawaii, get to know the coaches and hopefully get all the coaches to a clinic in the spring. That is a big goal of the spring. We will always have to complement them with Mainland players, but we want to keep the local boys in their home in Hawaii.’’ (MN)

About the talent in Hawaii, GM said:
“Hawaii is the top state per capita for having guys in the NFL, so that is a pretty good indicator of how much talent there is in this state. Sometimes we don’t get the specific guys coming out, but we will always be able to get our linemen from Hawaii and Samoa. We have got great athletes in the state of Hawaii every year.’’ (MN)

MN Note: “McMackin said the Warriors had five commitments so far for their 14 scholarship openings – a number that is limited because he is honoring scholarship agreements to several “grayshirts,’’ players who delay enrollment for a season so a school can stay within the scholarship limits.”

About how they are recruiting Hawaii well, GM said:
“I can’t talk about any recruiting, but we are looking at the whole state of Hawaii. We really have only two more weekends. We are really getting a late start, but 90 percent of our team is coming back, so we are more in the mode of supplementing, getting depth.’’ (MN)

About how they need recruits at QB, WR, and a JC CB, GM said:
“We need some very, very specific positions. We lost our ’fab five’ on offense – QB and the receivers. We would would like to bring in another (junior college) corner. The fronts and ’backers are in pretty good shape, but we still need to get more depth.’’ (MN)

MN Note: “McMackin said that 25 players are taking official visits this weekend and about the same number will be in next weekend.”

Asked if UH would play a spring game or nonconference regular-season game on Maui, GM said:
“I tell you what, I am thinking about one thing, recruiting; well maybe four or five things, but number one is recruiting for our football team and making sure I have met with them. Then buying a house, and getting my family over here, and assembling a coaching staff, those are my priorities. When we get recruiting done, we will dive into spring ball and what we do in future and that kind of thing. I wouldn’t rule anything out, but it has been such a whirlwind, I haven’t had time to think about anything else.’’ (MN)

MN Note: “As of Thursday, McMackin had not even signed his contract, although he said that is only a formality.”

About the support he has been given in the state, GM said:
“It has just gone on and on. I think it is because of the season and the players, the acceptance of the football team and the staff. It has been amazing to me, very humbling. I just feel really good about being here and bringing my family here – living in paradise, but with a lot great people.’’ (MN)

Quotes about Colt at the Senior Bowl

January 27, 2008

About the Senior Bowl, Colt said:
“It was a great game (as a whole). I wish I could have played a lot better. But our team had a great chemistry and it’s been a fun week. I just hope I can work out in the next couple of months and get bigger and stronger and have a great combine.” (HA)

HA Note: “It was equipment problems — namely with the microphone in his helmet malfunctioning — that kept Brennan from setting the world on fire with his passing. Brennan, who was in for only 17 plays, completed 2 of 6 passes for 29 yards and one interception for the South squad, but there was one bright spot for him in the game — the South defeated the North, 17-16, thanks to a 2-yard touchdown run by Florida’s Andre Caldwell on the game’s final play.”

HA Note: “Communication issues also created problems for the other two South quarterbacks — Kentucky’s Andre Woodson, who finished the day 3 of 6 for 27 yards and a touchdown, and South Offensive MVP Erik Ainge of Tennessee, who was 13 of 21 for 159 yards and led the South on its winning drive.”

About the communication problems, Colt said:
“Every time I went in, my headpiece kept messing up and I couldn’t hear the plays right. I didn’t know if I was calling the right play or not.” (HA)

About Colt having problems due to the communication problems, Mike Martz said:
“He (Brennan) couldn’t get the plays because of the microphone problems, and it caused him to be a little bit discombobulated. But he had a great week of practice. He’ll be fine (in the NFL) because he sees things so well and gets the ball out quick.” (HA)

Dave Aranda is the new DE coach

January 27, 2008

About becoming UH’s DL coack, Dave Aranda said:
“I’m very appreciative to be here,” said Aranda, who arrived in town Friday. “The coaches seem like great people. They’re very welcoming, very humble for what they just put together.”

HA Note: “The leader of the best pass defense in Division II football last year is joining the Hawai’i football coaching staff. Dave Aranda, 31, will coach on the defensive line, specializing in tutoring defensive ends.”

HA Note: “Aranda and freshly hired UH head coach Greg McMackin will be reunited. Aranda was a graduate assistant and defensive assistant at Texas Tech when McMackin served as the Red Raiders’ defensive coordinator. Aranda, who is married and has two daughters, was Delta State’s co-defensive coordinator last season. In 2007, the Statesmen led Division II in pass-efficiency defense (77.9 rating), was second in total and scoring defense, and third in run defense. Earlier this month, he accepted the job as Southern Utah’s defensive coordinator when Ed Lamb was named as head coach. But when UH promoted McMackin, Aranda received Lamb’s permission — and blessing — to move to Manoa.”

About taking UH’s job a few weeks after taking the DC job at Southern Utah, Aranda said:
“Part of you feels like Bobby Petrino or something. Coach Lamb was very understanding. That made it a lot easier for me. It was a blessing in that way.” (HA)

“(Lamb) was very understanding with the whole situation here in Hawaii and Coach McMackin and knew our prior relationship. I owe a lot to him for being that way. It could have been a very tough situation but because of Coach Lamb it wasn’t — it was a very easy decision.” (HSB)

HA Note: “Aranda also was the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Cal Lutheran, and linebackers coach at Houston, when the Cougars played the Warriors in the 2003 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. Aranda will bring a unique — and modern — approach to coaching. Skilled in multi-media techniques, he has used computer-generated visual aids to help his players. For instance, he produced a video interspersing footage of an All-Pro defensive lineman and one of his defensive ends. The video was synchronized to music.”

Aranda said that DE:
“might say, ‘OK, (the All-Pro) is leaning this way, I might want to do that.’ You want to do all kinds of fun stuff.” (HA)

The best way to reach Generation Xbox, Aranda believes, is to relate to them with videos, music and other multi-media forms.
Aranda says that the best way to relate to players today is via videos, music, and other multi-media forms:
“Instead of having a fox-hole mentality and ‘this is football and everything else is separate,’ bring the best of everything else to it. We should use whatever (players) go through in their daily lives — music, videos, clips from favorite movies.” (HA)

About how his wife (they have been together sice sophomore year of high school) will remain in Mississippi until they sell their home, Aranda said:
“It’s difficult being a coach’s wife. You get to take off and live in a nice hotel, and recruit, and stay up late with coaches while she’s trying to pack, sell the house and raise two girls.” (HA)

About how his family is in 20 degree weather with “some freezing rain”, Aranda said
“They can’t wait to get out here.” (HA)

“My wife, when we were here before, loved it,” Aranda said. “(His daughters) both just love to run around and play outside. Right now in Cleveland, Miss., it’s 20 degrees and it was freezing rain yesterday. So they’re very excited to get out here.” (HSB)

Abouut his 6 moves since 2000, Aranda said:
“I’m glad to have finally found a place. My wife and I, we have two little girls, and we’ve been moving around really too much. So it’s nice to settle down and keep the winning tradition going on here at Hawaii.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Aranda’s connection with McMackin goes back to Texas Tech, where he spent three years working with the then-Red Raiders defensive coordinator as a graduate assistant, concentrating on the defensive ends.”

Happy to be reunited with GM, Aranda said:
“I’m thankful to be here, it’s good to be reunited with Coach McMackin for sure. I know it’s going to be a great situation with a lot of guys returning and a lot of talent. I know Coach McMackin is very excited about the front seven. I’m looking forward to it.” (HSB)

About coaching Houston against UH in the brawl-marred Hawaii Bowl, Aranda said:
“It really was a great experience being down for the bowl game. What an unfortunate way to end the game, what an ugly incident, but I try not to let that mar the experience here. It’s kind of been the same question, ‘Have you ever been down here?’ and I mention that game and they all go back to the fight.” (HSB)

Excited to work with the other UH coaches, Aranda said:
“I’m really excited to be working with them. The water is nice and the landscape is nice, but it’s really the people that make or break where you’re at.” (HSB)

About his plans for his daughters, Aranda said:
“We’re going to the parks. The zoo is going to be a big part of our lives, too.” (HA)

HA Note: “There are two spots left to fill. McMackin is expected to hire a coach to oversee the defensive tackles. The last opening will go to a coach who can work with the running backs and offensive linemen.”

About the reaction to their coaching staff at the Alabama game, Rich Miano said:
“Some guy in the crowd, who was like 60 years old, said, ‘I’ve never seen a football (coaching) staff that old. It’s gotta be the oldest football staff in America.’ ” (HA)

HA Note: “At age 44 that season, Miano remarkably was the youngest member of the 10-man UH full-time staff that averaged 57.6 years. (UH even had a graduate assistant older than Miano). Last year the average was 55. But when UH kicks off the 2008 season, Miano will be more in the middle. With two vacancies to fill, new head coach Greg McMackin’s staff is averaging 47 1/4 years and could get younger.

The addition of 29-year-old Nick Rolovich to coach the quarterbacks, 28-year-old Brian Smith to coach the offensive line and 31-year-old Dave Aranda to coach the defensive line is giving the Warriors a welcome youthful tint it hasn’t had for years. The fact that the Warriors are doing it largely by choice and, hopefully, not by tapped-out budget constraints would be a good sign.

Clearly the “geriatric staff” — as some staff members came to jokingly refer to themselves — made that experience pay off with an 11-3 finish in 2006 and record 12-1 showing in 2007. But the change in head coaches also affords UH an opportunity to rebuild — and reload — its coaching staff for the future. It offers an opening to bring in “younger blood” as assistant coach Ron Lee likes to put it. Not to mention fresh perspectives.”

HA Note: “In that Rolovich and Smith, UH graduates both, make for interesting studies if not prototypes. As former Warriors, they not only possess a knowledge of the offensive system and the place, but have a considerable investment in the program. If there was anybody you’d like to think might stick around a while in this most transitory of occupations, where we’re told the average stay is less than four years, it could be guys such as these. One of the best things the Warriors had going for themselves in the June Jones era was continuity and it showed. Turnover was so minimal as to be the envy of the WAC.”
Prior to his year at Delta State, Aranda was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Division III California Lutheran. There he crossed paths with Brian Smith, who was named UH offensive line coach last week, in 2005. The duo will see a lot of each other once practice starts when the lines go up against each other in one-on-one drills.