Archive for April 3rd, 2009

Interesting notes about ESPN’s WAC schedule

April 3, 2009

IS = Idaho Statesman

IS Note: “ESPN still can choose six WAC games for ESPNU, of which one could be a Broncos game. The dates for those games won’t change.”

IS Note: “ESPN wanted to put the Hawaii game on a Friday later in the season but the WAC would not force the Broncos to play there on a short week again. The teams played on a Friday in 2007.”

Miami’s GM talked about trading Samson Satele

April 3, 2009

Asked about their thought process behind signing Jake Grove and trading Samson Satele, Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said:
“Jake is a player that we studied throughout the draft and we liked him in Dallas when he came out. He was a player that in free agency that we liked. In regard to Samson, I have a lot of respect for what Samson did here. He is a good player and good kid. He is a high character guy and I like him very much, but we needed better consistency at the position. Without going into specific details, that was the main thing we needed. Better consistency.” (Orlando Sentinel),0,5759664.story

Quotes from UH’s Pro Day

April 3, 2009

About how he was placed on indefinite suspension after being arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse and never reinstated to the Warriors, Keenan Jones said:
“I was never charged. They dropped everything. But it took almost a whole year for them to do even that.” (HA)

About how he returned to his family’s home in LA after his Warrior career ended, Jones said:
“I went back to my dad’s house and got my head on straight.” (HA)

About how Mac gave him permission to compete in their Pro Day, Jones said:
“The coaches and everybody else were cool about it.” (HA)

HA Note: “Jones ranked third among participants in the broad jump (9 feet, 11 inches) and vertical jump (32 inches). His time in the 40-yard dash was 4.7 seconds.”

About his Pro Day performance, Jones said:
“I did OK. I left it all out on the field.” (HA)

About how he was different at this year’s Pro Day, Jacob Patek said:
“Who was that guy last year?” (HA)AA

HA Note: “Taking a full load of courses during the 2008 spring semester, Patek did not fully train for last year’s Pro Day. He weighed 208, and his body fat was 18 percent.”

About how he didn’t prepare for last year’s Pro Day, Patek said:
“I wanted to play football, but I knew it was more important to finish school. I wasn’t one of the top prospects. I wasn’t sure if my football career was promising.” (HA)

HA Note: “After earning his bachelor’s degree in December, Patek contacted Chad Ikei, who runs a training program in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ikei had worked with Patek’s best friend, former UH wideout C.J. Hawthorne. Ikei immediately put Patek on a low-carb diet.”

About his preparation for Pro Day, Patek said:
“I had to do pretty intense workouts, lots of cardio drills, for three months.” (HA)

HA Note: “Patek, who is 5 feet 11, now weighs 210. But his body fat decreased to 10 percent. Despite a tender hamstring, Patek ran 40 yards in 4.59 seconds — more than two-tenths of a second faster than his time last year. He also had a 34-inch vertical jump, tops among yesterday’s competitors. He finished the pro-agility drill in 4.25 seconds.

About his improved performance at this year’s Pro Day, Patek said:
“This year I was definitely ready and prepared.” (HA)

HA Note: “During the Pro Day for former University of Hawai’i football players, Mouton had a broad jump of 11 feet — a foot longer than second-place finisher Erik Robinson’s effort. In the next drill, the 40-yard dash, Mouton “tweaked” his left hamstring at the 20-yard mark, and limp-scooted the final 10 yards. He completed the distance in 4.42 seconds, the fastest time among UH’s NFL hopefuls.”

About Mouton’s fast time in the 40 despite his injury, Mac said:
“I’ve never seen a guy run that fast on a bad leg.” (HA)

Praising Mouton’s Pro Day performance, analyst Andrew Gada said:
“He did a nice job.” (HA)

HA Note: He competed in the East-West Shrine Game in January and the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Now it is left to the scouts and personnel directors to crunch the numbers and figure where Mouton rates as a prospect. Mouton played well in the all-star game, breaking up a pass in the end zone. He initially pulled his left hamstring during that game. At the NFL Combine, he had a vertical jump of 39 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches. But he aggravated his left hamstring in the final quarter of the 40-yard dash, finishing in 4.48 seconds. His goals for Pro Day were to run a sub-4.4 in the 40, reach 11 feet in the broad jump and perform well in pass-defense drills.”

About how he was limited by his hamstring injury, Mouton said
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t do everything because an injury happened.” (HA)

About his injury while running his 40, Mouton said he:
“got down the track, about 20 yards, and I felt it, (the hamstring) tweaked a little bit. I tried to ease up and get through it, and hoped everything would be OK.” (HA)

About his time of 4.42 in the 40, Mouton said:
“I guess that’s a good time, but it’s frustrating because I feel like I could do better. (His hamstring) felt good, but you never know until you run full speed.” (HSB)

Asked if Mouton would be credited with a sub-4.4 time, his agent Kenny Zuckerman said:
“I think so, but every team will look at it differently. If he goes in the 4.3s, he jumps to another tier.” (HA)

About Mouton, Zuckerman said:
“He’s a blazer — the teams know it and he just has to get healthy now.” (HSB)

About how a player only needs to catch the attention of one team’s scout, Patek said:
“All you need is just one team to like you.” (HA)

HA Note: “David Veikune already has several suitors. He had a solid Senior Bowl, and bench-pressed 225 pounds 35 times at the NFL Combine. For Pro Day, he decided to skip all of the tests except the 40-yard dash, and stand on his combine numbers. His goal was to complete the 40 in under 4.8 seconds. His two attempts were 4.82 and 4.81.”

Unhappy with his 40 times, Veikune said:
“I’m a little disappointed.” (HA)

HA Note: “But the scouts were more interested in Veikune’s footwork. According to several scouts, Veikune showed he is capable of being an effective outside linebacker. Veikune, who was exclusively a defensive end in UH’s 4-3 scheme, is being viewed “primarily as an outside linebacker” by teams running 3-4 defenses. For Veikune, that means lining up out of a two-point stance and learning to drop back into coverage.”

About learning to be an OLB, Veikune said:
“It’s a new position, but I’m a football player. I feel I can adjust.” (HA)

HA Note: “Linebackers Adam Leonard and Solomon Elimimian — both of whom began training on the Mainland starting within days after the Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl — had pedestrian numbers in the 40 yesterday. Elimimian, who is suffering from a tight hamstring, had a best of 4.75 seconds. Leonard, who appeared distracted after two false starts, ran 4.88.”

Unhappy with his 40 time, Adam Leonard said:
“I was disappointed in my (40) time, but I felt good in the linebacker drills.” (HA)

HA Note: “Elimimian’s hamstring problems kept him from participating in the broad jump. But Elimimian, like Leonard and Veikune, showed “game quickness” in linebacker drills. They worked on change of directions, and balance.”

HA Note: “Leonard, rush end Francis Maka and Patek trained at the Ikei Performance facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. The program’s director, Chad Ikei, created a workout to help improve Leonard’s bench-press technique and 40 time. Ikei placed restraining bands on a bar bell when Leonard worked with 405-pound weights. Leonard also worked on his reps with 225- and 240-pound weights.”

About his workouts to prepare for Pro Day, Josh Leonard said:
“I wanted to do more reps with lighter weights.” (HA)

HA Note: “Leonard bench-pressed 225 pounds 41 times. He also sprinted 40 yards in 4.99 and 4.93 seconds, and finished the pro-agility test in 4.35 seconds.”

About his improved running times, Josh said:
“The first three days (of training), we worked on just my start. It’s amazing how much technique is all in your start, your first 10 yards.” (HAA)

HA Note: “Long-snapper Jake Ingram, meanwhile, received tips from Darrin Simmons, who coaches the Cincinnati Bengals’ special teams. Simmons said long-snappers are evaluated on their accuracy, blocking and cover skills.”

About attending UH’s Pro Day to see Ingram, Simmons said:
“I wouldn’t be here if Jake couldn’t snap (accurately).” (HA)

About how the punt snapper has to cover punts in the NFL, Simmons said:
“you only have one punt formation you can use. The (snapper) is always involved in protection.” (HA)

Simmons said that the most important thing about a long snapper is that:
“he has to have a good personality. In the NFL, (the players) don’t go to class. They’re with you the whole day. Can I stand to be around a guy for the whole day? Jake has a very good personality. I can be around him all day.” (HA)

About how he weighs 230 and needs to gain 10 pounds, Ingram said:
“I need carbs.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mouton has a meeting next week with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Adam Leonard has a private workout with his hometown Seattle Seahawks on Monday. Veikune is going to visit the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys.”

About all the teams he is visiting, Veikune said:
“I’m going to be busy.” (HA)

About how he can catch the ball (something he didn’t need to do at DE but a necessary skill for an OLB), Veikune said:
“I’m not going to lie, I’ve got hands.” (HSB)

About showing the scouts he had the skills for a LB, Veikune said:
“I’ve only been doing linebacker drills for a month, and I wanted to show I’m athletic enough to play linebacker. It’s different from having a hand on the ground and just trying to blow up the quarterback. You have to drop into open space. It’s been different, but its fun learning a new position.” (HSB)

About how Miano runs their Pro Day, which attracted between 50 and 60 scouts, Mac said:
“Rich Miano does an unbelievable job with this. It really was an impressive deal. … We’re really proud of our guys. It was just a class event.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Long snapper Jake Ingram, considered the top prospect at his position, got a thorough workout from the scouts, his agent, Wynn Silberman, said. Along with snapping, Ingram was tested on his ability to get downfield in coverage by a Cincinnati Bengals scout who worked him out for 35 minutes.”

About Sol going through the workout despite aggravating his hamstring injury while running the 40, his agent Siberman said:
“He really gutted it out. We were proud of him today, it was a very gritty performance. The scouts were aware of the injury and they were impressed that he gutted it out.” (HSB)