Sol about to break the UH career tackle record, Lofton to return kicks

About needing just 4 tackles to become UH’s career tackle leader, passing Levi Stanley who had 366 career tackles, Sol said:
“I just want to win, and right now we’re losing.” (HA)

HA Note: “He said the record would be “icing on the cake” only if the Warriors meet their goal of finishing with a winning regular season and earning a berth in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.”

About the importance of making the Hawaii bowl, Sol said:
“Anything on top of that is extra.” (HA)

Mac said that Sol is a:
“great player. He and Adam (Leonard, an outside linebacker) are two of the best who have ever been here. I compare Solly to Pisa (Tinoisamoa) and Jeff Ulbrich.” (HA)

Mac said that Sol is comparable, at this stage of his career, to a future All-Pro LB he coached at Miami:
“Everybody thinks Solly’s small, but he weighs 235 pounds. Ray Lewis weighed 215 pounds when I coached him.” (HA)

Mac said that Sol has:
“great instincts for the ball. And he’s a tough guy.” (HA)

HA Note: “Elimimian, in turn, credited the defensive linemen and Leonard for occupying blockers, allowing him to swoop in for tackles. Elimimian, who never redshirted, has not missed a game during his UH career. His first start was against Idaho, the third game of the 2005 season. That was when he made his first career interception.”

About how he never missed a game during his UH career, Sol said:
“I thank God for keeping me healthy. A lot of it is God helping me to play on some of those games I didn’t think I would be able to play.” (HA)

HA Note: “An ankle injury kept him from practicing until three days before the 2008 season opener against Florida. He did not practice in the week leading to this year’s game against San Jose State.”

About being able to play in the SJSU game, Sol said:
“If we had to play on Friday, I wouldn’t be able to play. But Saturday, miraculously, I was healed.” (HA)

About how moving to OLB cost Sol some tackles, Mac said:
“It probably cost Solly a bunch of tackles, but he’s a team player, and he (made the move) for the team.” (HA)

HA Note: “Satele has been bothered by a shoulder injury the past couple of games. He will be used in specific situations against Nevada.”

About how Sol will be at MLB the rest of the season, Mac said:
“We’re going to let him finish off the year inside.” (HA)

About how he will return kickoffs and punts vs. Nevada, Daniel Lofton said:
“I am excited.” (HA)

HA Note: “Lofton attended California as a freshman in 2006, then transferred to UH. In accordance with NCAA rules, Lofton redshirted last year.”

About how his hip problem forced him to miss most of training camp, Lofton said:
“It’s OK now.” (HA)

About returning kicks, Lofton said:
“They wanted me to do it, and I wanted to do it, too. I want a way to help the team.” (HA)


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