Archive for April, 2009

Steve DeOssie provides some insight into the Patriots drafting of Jake Ingram

April 30, 2009

About the Patriots drafting Jake Ingram, Steve DeOssie (who was a long-snapper in the NFL and whose son is the long-snapper for the Giants) said:
“Bill Belichick always had Lonie Paxton, who was one of the best in the game. (Paxton signed a free-agent contract this off-season to follow McDaniels to Denver.) That was one basic headache he could cross off the list. He never had to worry with Lonie Paxton about a bad snap. It just wasn’t going to happen. So that’s one facet of the game that is taken care of, and that’s a great thing as a coach. You can put more time, energy and effort into concentrating on other things.” (Marblehead Reporter)

Erik “E-Rob” Robinson will be at the Bills’ rookie camp

April 30, 2009

About getting the tryout with the Bills, Robinson said:
“It’s cool. It’s an opportunity. I feel blessed. I’m going to try and make the best of it.” (HA)

HA Note: “If Robinson does well, he might earn a free-agent contract.”

HA Note: “He will join Solomon Elimimian at the Bills’ rookie camp, starting tomorrow.”

HA Note: “Former UH receiver C.J. Hawthorne was on the Bills’ practice squad last season.”

JD looking to reduce coaching salaries at UH

April 30, 2009

About reducing coaching salaries, JD told the UH Board of Regents earlier this year:
“Over time, as coaches change, we can lower salary amounts.” (HA)

Asked by the board if that was realistic given the marketplace, JD said:
“that’s the reality. That would be my approach.” (HA)

Asked about his plan to reduce salaries, JD said yesterday:
“Philosophically, I believe they have to earn a decent base pay (with) incentives for performance. That’s going to be my plan going forward.” (HA)

HA Note: “The women’s basketball position has a salary range of $118,488 to $209,784 and the men’s volleyball opening a range of $53,820 to $107,640. Former women’s basketball coach Jim Bolla was believed to be making more than $120,000 and ex-men’s volleyball coach Mike Wilton in the neighborhood of $100,000.”

Asked what salaries UH is aiming for with their new hires in women’s basketball and men’s volleyball, JD said:
“I can’t say more than that because it will depend upon what happens in negotiations.” (HA)

HA Note: “A person familiar with the process said some prominent assistant and associate head coaches, including at least two from the Big 12 Conference, have looked into the women’s basketball position.”

Refusing to reveal how many people have applied for either coaching position, a UH spokesman said:
“The number of applicants is confidential information.” (HA)

Davone Bess’ hopes to run the Wildcat ended with the Pat White draft

April 29, 2009

SFSS = South Florida Sun-Sentinel

About how the drafting of Pat White hurts his hopes to run the Wildcat (Bess was a QB in high school), Davone Bess said:
“I was always ready. But we’re lucky to get a great athlete who plays like that and could take our game to another level.” (SFSS)

Relating to undrafted free agents like NMSU’s Chris Williams and Tulsa’s Brennan Morris who are going to Miami’s rookie minicamp this weekend, Bess said:
“I just kept my eyes on the prize and understand that this is an opportunity and I wanted to make the best of it. Never take no for an answer. I stayed humble and focused on what I had to get done.” (SFSS)

SFSS Note: “Bess got it done all right, finishing with 54 catches, the second most by an undrafted college free agent receiver behind Jets’ Wayne Chrebet, who had 66 in 1995.”,0,2245590.story

Update on the Warriors from Mac

April 29, 2009

About how the team will continue its conditioning program until final exams to maintain the momentum from the spring, Mac said:
“I think this is really the push time. We have two more weeks to get better and we’re going to use every second and every day we have. This is where the work escalates. … They want to win the WAC championship and to do that you have to work to get better.” (HSB)

About how 10 of the 30 or so players that will be cut may be invited to join the team when classes start in the fall, Mac said:
“It’s really tough because there wasn’t a nonathlete on the field.” (HSB)

Happy that they had relatively few injuries, Mac said:
“I think it’s because of how hard they worked in the offseason.” (HSB)

About how Inoke did well at RB in the spring, Mac said:
“Inoke showed he can be a running back, that was something we really wanted to look at.” (HSB)

About their inexperienced D, Mac said:
“Defensively, the guys we have are good athletes and they ran well and tackled, they’re just inexperienced. We’re a little thin. It’s going to help to get Blaze (Soares) and Paipai (Falemalu) back with the linebackers and we’re getting a couple of guys who can help in the secondary.” (HSB)

Solomon Elimimian named Jack Bonham Award winner

April 29, 2009

HA Note: “Warrior football player Solomon Elimimian and Rainbow Wahine track and field “Germanator” Annett Wichmann, two of the most prolific athletes in University of Hawai’i history, were named Jack Bonham Award winners at last night’s Scholar-Athlete Dinner at the Stan Sheriff Center. The award is given annually to the top male and female senior student-athlete who “best exemplifies the ideals for which Jack Bonham stood for in the areas of athletic excellence, academic achievement, public service, leadership and character.” Bonham, former UH assistant athletics director, died in a 1974 plane crash.”

About how he had a difficult freshman year because he was homesick, Sol said:
“Hawai’i is totally different than South Central L.A.. I would spend $400 to come home for two or three days, that’s how homesick I was. But now I’m already starting to miss Hawai’i — how the people embraced me and treated me and my family … that’s something I’ll always be grateful for. It will always have a place in my heart.” (HA)

Wishing he enjoyed his college years more, Sol said:
“I remember all the guys telling me I was going to miss college, make the most of it, enjoy it, have fun. I didn’t realize that. I was so anxious to move to the next stage in my life so I didn’t take heed. The big thing I’d tell somebody now is to enjoy the time you have and understand it’s going to come to an end, and when it does you want to look back and know you used that time well.” (HA)

Warrior Notes from the Advertiser

April 28, 2009

About not being drafted, Sol (who will be at the Bills’ rookie camp this week) said:
“I don’t have time to think about that. I’m getting ready for this workout.” (HA)

About how Sol might get a free-agent contract if he does well enough, his agent Wynn Silberman said:
“They’re going to take a real strong look at him. We’ll see what happens.” (HA)

About having to earn a free agent contract, Sol said:
“Nothing has been easy for me. I’ve had to prove myself my entire life. This is another challenge.” (HA)

HA Note: “Another former UH linebacker, Adam Leonard, still had not received a firm free-agent offer.”

Marcus Robinson (Titans’ defensive secondary coach) said that he expects Ryan Mouton to contribute this season and then compete for a:
“starting job in 2010.” (HA)

About Mouton’s hamstring injury, Robinson said:
“We’re not worried about that.” (HA)

About why he strongly recommended drafting Mouton, Robinson said:
“He has great burst, and he’s tough. He plays bigger than his size. He’s a vicious hitter. He makes plays. I think he’s going to make as much of an impact for us as our first pick.” (HA)

HA Note: “The Titans have two aggressive cornerbacks, but Nick Harper will be 34 this year.”

HA Note: “Spring training ended with the past Saturday’s Warrior Bowl at Aloha Stadium. But the offseason conditioning program resumes next week, with workouts set for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.”

Mac said that their conditioning program will take a break for a week for final exams:
“then we’ll start the summer workouts.” (HA)

HA Note: ‘McMackin and his assistant coaches have finalized the 105-player roster for training camp. By meeting the NCAA roster limit, about 30 players who practiced this spring will not be invited to training camp, which starts Aug. 3.”

About telling the players that they are cut during meetings with their position coaches this week, Mac said:
“It’s really tough. It’s the toughest thing about the job. You’re breaking a guy’s heart. But it comes down to a numbers game.” (HA)

HA Note: “The roster may expand Aug. 24, the first day of UH’s fall semester. McMackin said about 10 players will be added. McMackin said his staff is crafting “starting points” — a tentative depth chart. Greg Alexander will be listed as the No. 1 quarterback. Running backs Inoke Funaki, who started six games at quarterback last season, and Leon Wright-Jackson will be “bracketed” at No. 1. The No. 1 offensive line is this: left tackle Aaron Kia, left guard Ray Hisatake, center John Estes, right guard Raphael Ieru and right tackle Laupepa Letuli.”

HA Note: “Chris Williams will be the Warriors’ video coordinator, succeeding Ryan Biesemeyer, who accepted a job as an assistant coach at Texas Lutheran. Williams is a former UH linebacker. He is engaged to former UH softball player Kaulana Gould.”

Mel Kiper says that David Veikune could provide the pass rush the Browns need

April 27, 2009

ABJ = Akron Beacon Journal

ABJ Note: “The Browns’ pass rush tied for 30th last season with 17 sacks, yet the Browns did not appear to pick up major help. But Kiper believes that could come from Hawaii defensive end David Veikune, their third pick in the second round who totaled 18 sacks in three years.”

About how Veikune could provide the pass rush the Browns need, Mel Kiper said:
”Don’t underestimate him. He has a chance to be a very good pass rusher.” (ABJ)

Bill Belichick praised Jake Ingram

April 27, 2009

Praising Jake Ingram, Bill Belichick said:
“He’s an athletic guy, a little bit smaller than some of the snappers in the league, but maybe a little bit more athletic than some of the snappers in the league. Experienced guy, he can block, he can cover pretty well. His snaps are accurate and they have good velocity. I think that he’ll be competitive for that position. We felt like he was a top player at his position in the draft.” (Boston Globe)

Ryan Mouton and Jake Ingram drafted, other Warriors agree to free agent deals

April 27, 2009

About being picked by the Titans in the 3rd round (94th overall), Ryan Mouton said:
“I’m back with them.” (HA)

About how he was raised in Houston and was “8 or 9” when the Houston Oilers left for Tennessee, Mouton said:
“You always root for the hometown team. Even though we’re big Cowboy fans in my house, when the Oilers played, we rooted for those guys. When they moved to Tennessee, I still followed those guys.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mouton had private workouts with about a half-dozen teams. The past Friday, the Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers watched Mouton work out at his alma mater, Katy High School. After that, a coach from the Titans told Mouton: “You’re my guy.” Saturday, Mouton was told by Tennessee reporters that he would be taken with the 94th overall pick. When the 93rd selection was on the clock, Mouton received the call. He was asked: “How would you like to come out and be a Tennessee Titan?” His expression sparked a loud celebration among the 25 guests in his house.”

About how the people in his house reacted when he got the call from the Titans, Mouton said:
“Everybody went crazy. It’s a great feeling. I couldn’t be in a better place.” (HA)

As it came closer to pick 94 in the draft, Mouton said that he was:
“holding my breath.” (HSB)

About the call from the Titans, Mouton said:
“They called and asked how’d I like to be a Tennessee Titan. I was overwhelmed. I really didn’t know what to think.” (HSB)

About how his family is in Houston and will get to watch him play, Mouton said:
“(Tennessee’s) not too far from Houston and we play the Texans twice a year, so my family will get a chance to watch me at home. The Tennessee Titans used to be the Houston Oilers, so they’re still kind of the hometown team.” (HSB)

About how he was preparing for a nap at his Mililani home when he received a call from Scott O’Brien, New England’s special-teams coordinator, Ingram said:
“He was kind of playing with me. He told me, ‘How are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m good.’ It was like that for about four minutes. Then he asked, ‘Can you play in the cold? Do you want to play here?’ I was like, ‘yeah, yeah.’ ” (HA)

HA Note: “Then O’Brien said somebody wanted to speak. O’Brien handed the phone to Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ head coach. Belichick said: “Welcome to the Patriots.”

About hearing from Bill Belichick, Ingram said:
“I was star-struck. Now it’s NFL time, you have to get over that, and get to work.” (HA)

About his phone call with Belichick, Ingram, said:
“He said, ‘We’re about to turn your name in and welcome to the New England Patriots.’ I’m trying to listen and just then everybody in my house started yelling and screaming.” (HSB)

HA Note: “Ingram praised former UH head coach June Jones, who promised a scholarship if Ingram would move from defensive end to long-snapper. Ingram agreed, but often tried to sneak into defensive meetings. Finally, Ingram accepted his role, becoming one of the most accurate long-snappers in the country.”

About how he never imagined that he would be drafted, Ingram said:
“I thought if you do good at this, you can get a free-agent deal. It would be like walking on to the NFL.” (HA)

“I thought if I got good at long snapping I might be able to get into a camp. For this to happen is unbelievable.” (HSB)

HA Note: “Ingram, who was invited to the NFL combine, impressed scouts with his accuracy and athletic ability. At Pro Day, the Cincinnati Bengals’ special-teams coach supervised Ingram’s workouts. O’Brien, meanwhile, watched from a distance, never letting Ingram know he was in attendance. The Patriots, poker players in NFL scouting, were seeking to replace Lonie Paxton, who signed with the Denver Broncos.”

Thanking JJ, Ingram said:
“I want to thank coach Jones. If it weren’t for him, I don’t know what I would be doing now.” (HA)

About how the Patriots want him to gain weight (he weighed 230 pounds at the combine and at UH’s Pro Day), Ingram said:
“They told me I’d better show up at close to 240. I’m going to eat right now.” (HA)

About New England drafting Ingram, Ingram’s agent Wynn Silberman said:
“As soon as the Patriots picked him, I got a text from another team. It was a four-letter word.” (HSB)

Josh Leonard said that while watching the draft come to an end:
“it got a little tense.” (HA)

Josh said that the Houston Texans presented:
“the best opportunity.” (HA)

HA Note: “Leonard drew interest from 20 teams after bench pressing 225 pounds 41 times at Pro Day and running the 40-yard dash twice in under 5 seconds.”

HA Note: “Leonard will play the three-shade (defensive tackle) in the 4-3 scheme. Because the Texans do not have a rookie camp, he reports May 15 for a mini-camp.”

HA Note: “Dowling played one season at UH after transferring from Oregon. His size (6 feet 1 7/8) and speed (4.5 seconds in the 40) attracted the Cardinals, who were seeking big corners. He is awaiting the paperwork, but he already has accepted the offer. Linebacker Solomon Elimimian, meanwhile, was mulling offers from the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills last night.”

HSB Note: “This is how bad it is for Elimimian: The Lions told his agent they’d get back to him today. The Lions.”

About how the scout rely on numbers instead of production in college, Sol’s agent Wynn Silberman said:
“A lot of scouts hide behind numbers rather than stepping forward and trying to evaluate talent. They’re protecting their jobs, and it’s easier to defend yourself if you point at numbers.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “And those numbers are 40 times and size, not hundreds of tackles in college.”

HSB Note: “BESS WENT UNDRAFTED last year, also deemed too slow by the scouts. But it worked out for the slot receiver, as he landed with a team that really wanted him, the Miami Dolphins. Silberman hopes he can do for Elimimian what Kenny Zuckerman did for Bess.”

About finding the right team for Sol, Wynn Silberman said:
“It might take some time to put him where he’s in position to make a roster than just place him on any team.” (HSB)