Archive for April 8th, 2009

Quotes after today’s practice

April 8, 2009

About his spectacular diving one-handed catch on a bomb to end today’s practice, Greg Salas said:
“It’s reaction when the ball’s in the air. If it hits my hands I just want to bring it in.” (HSB)

HA Note: “In the past 10 years, UH’s four-wide offense had a basic alignment: if the ball is in the middle, there are two receivers on the left and two on the right of the formation; if it’s on the right hashmark, there are three receivers to the left; if it’s on the left hash, there three receivers on the right.”

About how Salas can start in the slot instead of them having to motion him there like last year, Mac said:
“Now, if we want, he can start off there. We have a lot of options.” (HA)

About practicing his FG attempts today, safety Kenny Estes (a former All-State soccer player) said:
“I don’t want to jinx anything.” (HA)

About how their coaches are praising his workouts and play in practices, LWJ said:
“I’m just trying to have fun.” (HA)

Jim Mills talks about making the Canadian Football Hall of Fame

April 8, 2009


KBS Note: “Mills, 47, a Vancouver native, played his college football at the University of Hawaii before being drafted in the ninth round of the 1983 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. The offensive tackle spent two seasons with Indy before joining the B.C. Lions in 1986 before signing with Ottawa as a free agent 1994. But he returned to Vancouver to finish his career with the Lions in 1995. He was named the CFL’s outstanding lineman in 1990 and 1991 and earned league all-star nominations in 1988, 1990, 1991.”

About his surprise when learning about his induction into the Hall of Fame, Jim Mills said:
“I haven’t played in 14 years so I was quite shocked when I got the call. As a kid you grow up dreaming about playing in the CFL or winning championships or getting trophies. The Hall of Fame is beyond my dream so it’s a great day today.” (KBS)

Feature on Jayson Rego

April 8, 2009

MN = Maui News

About being the first UH player to earn a civil engineering degree (the first in any type of engineering in at least 3 decades), Rego said:
”I’m proud to say if and when I graduate, I will be the first football player to go through the (civil engineering) program and in the engineering program, any engineering program, it has been 30 to 40 years since someone has done, is what I’m told. It is has been very tough – long nights, even longer days. The work is intensive, but it all pays off. You spend hours upon hours doing homework. A lot of it is bookwork, a lot of bookwork, but also and a lot of lab time and lab reports, so it is pretty balanced. It is a real awesome program, but it really is tough.” (MN)

About how Rego being able to earn an engineering degree while playing college football is an extremely rare feat, Mac said:
”I have been coaching for a long, long time and I can count on one hand guys who have been able to do what Jayson is doing. They have so much to do just as football players, but Jayson Rego is a special person, a class act. His parents have done a great job raising him. He is a pleasure to be around, he always has a smile on his face, but he is also a tough, hard-nosed running back. And obviously he is smart enough and focused enough to get it all done. That is the toughest major I think there is to do, I think for any student, much less do it along with football.” (MN)

MN Note: “Rego was the team’s leading rusher through three games, albeit with 13 carries for 71 yards. In the final 11 games of the season, he carried just eight more times, for 20 yards.”

About Rego’s drop in carries after their first 3 games last season, Mac said:
”Well Jayson was a big factor for us when we had some injuries at the running back spot. We were struggling at quarterback at the first of the year and he was one of our three running backs that we went with and when he got his chances, he did a great job.” (MN)

About how Rego should get playing time this season, Mac said:
”I think he will get playing time this fall – he did last fall and did a good job for us. He brings toughness and quickness and he has got that height that no one can see until he is past them. Last year, he did a good job for us, he helped us win some games. I like him a lot, not only as a person, but as a player.” (MN)

MN Note: “Rego will be back at a familiar stadium on Saturday – the 5-foot-9, 205-pound senior played for Baldwin High School as a sophomore before transferring to Kamehameha Oahu for his final two years and leading the Warriors to the 2004 state title as the state player of the year. The practice will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a 60-70 play scrimmage that will begin about noon, according to McMackin. An autograph session will follow at around 1 p.m. The fan-friendly event is free.”

Excited to be a part of their scrimmage on Maui, Rego said:
”I’m real excited, really, really excited to be able to come home to play in front of friends and family – the people I played in front of when I was little. I haven’t been home in a while, so it’ll be a great experience. The last time I was home to visit was last summer.” (MN)

MN Note: “While Rego has spent most of his time at UH as the only player from Maui County, on Saturday, he will be joined by walk-on sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Faaumu of Kihei and Lahainaluna.”

About how he knows Faamu, Rego said:
”I know Faaumu really well, me and him are really good friends. We go back way back – his dad works with my dad, so we go back to little-kid days. Now he is here at UH with me and it is really exciting. He has been working hard and I think he will see the field in the fall.” (MN)

About playing against Kaluka Maiava in high school, Rego said:
”I did play against him and with him. He is actually my cousin. I played with him at Baldwin as sophomore and against him when I came here (to Kamehameha). I am excited for him. It is exciting. He has always been a great athlete and I always knew he was going to be a player. I always had hope and faith in him.” (MN)

About how he never received a scholarship, Rego said:
”I’m still walk-on status, but, no, I have no regrets. I love being able to be home, being able to play in front of my hometown, being able to play in front of the best fans in world. At times, it is hard financially, but you always find a way to make it.” (MN)

About his packed schedule with football and academics, Rego said:
”A regular spring day starts with practice. I get up between 5 and 5:30 (a.m.), head down to practice, get on the field around 6:45. After practice, I go to school from anywhere from 9:30-10 a.m. to 3 in the afternoon. Then I have team meetings until 6 or so, then go home and do homework to 10 or 11. Then, if I’m lucky to get done early, I try to get an extra lift or extra run in. Then it is time to go to sleep start all over again.” (MN)

About how being with the team is his best memory of his career, Rego said:
”The best memory I have here – it wouldn’t be anything big – just being able to wake up every morning, go into the locker room and get ready with all my brothers, get ready to go to to practice. That would be my best memory, seeing all my buddies every day.” (MN)

Asked what he would tell any Maui athlete who wanted to play in college, Rego said:
”I would tell them work hard, work hard every day. Follow your dreams. Don’t let anybody tell you you’re not big enough, not fast enough, not strong enough. Use that stuff as motivation because if you want it bad enough, you can have it. You know, yeah, at times I have heard all that – I wasn’t big enough, strong enough, fast enough. That just made me want to work harder to prove them wrong.” (MN)

QB Greg Alexander has been working on his mechanics

April 8, 2009

About how Alexander has been working on his mechanics, especially his footwork, Rolo said:
“He’s been really looking at film, we talked a lot about his release toward the end of the year. The thing is, he’s not stubborn, he knows those are things he has to get better at. He’s open-minded enough to take coaching and to ask good questions. I’m really happy with where he’s at right now.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “For Greg Alexander to improve the accuracy of his arm, the Hawaii quarterback will concentrate on the position of his feet.”

About the importance of footwork to QBs, Alexander said:
“Your feet are really the most important part of the position.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “But a tendency to drop his arm angle became evident as the season progressed, resulting in several deflected passes. Correcting his motion may not be as much a matter of breaking habits as returning to old ones.”

About how he didn’t throw sidearm before, Alexander said:
“I never before threw it from down here, ever. My feet were out of position, so I’d have to make up for it by trying to sling it sometimes. I always threw over the top. I’m just going back to basic fundamentals.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “To that end, Alexander spent the offseason performing drills to exaggerate an over-the-top throwing motion and better “control the nose” of the ball while also conditioning himself to keep his footwork sound. In one such drill, he’d put his feet together, lift up and throw the ball on a downhill angle like “coming off a pitcher’s mound.” ”

About his improved mechanics improves his accuracy (especially on short and intermediate routes), Alexander said:
“You’re more accurate, you get more on the football (and) it’s coming out quicker. Everything’s just a lot smoother.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “A sidearm delivery can also negate the benefits of height and a notable example last season came in the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale against Cincinnati. After the Warriors took a 24-10 lead, a low throw was batted into the air and intercepted. Brandon Underwood returned it for a game-turning touchdown in the Bearcats’ 29-24 win.”

About the importance of footwork on the throwing motion, Rolo said:
“It’s all balance, the whole body working. The throwing motion starts with your feet, it goes through your core then gets to your shoulder and your arm. I didn’t learn until late in my arena (football) career how important balance is. You want your feet to direct the ball. We talk about your left foot should guide the ball where it should go.” (HSB)

About how jumping rope and other conditioning drills will help Alexander’s footwork and experience in the system will also speed up Alexander’s release, Rolo said:
“He’s got to build himself into the offense a little more and he’ll just continue to grow throughout the summer and in the season and get better. The anticipation will help your feet which will get you on balance.” (HSB)

Updates on Jacob Patek and Adam Leonard

April 8, 2009

About the two year contract he was offered by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Jake Patek said:
“I’m blown away.” (HA)

HA Note: “Although Patek participated in the 2008 Pro Day in Carson, Calif., his focus was on school. He needed 19 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree. At last year’s Pro Day, Patek ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds and pro-agility drill in 4.43 seconds. He bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times, and had a broad jump of 8 feet 1. He was neither drafted nor invited to a National Football League training camp.

Patek, who earned his degree in December, spent the past three months training at the Ikei Sports Performance center in Scottsdale, Ariz. At last week’s Pro Day, he improved in every category — 40-yard dash (4.58 seconds), pro-agility (4.25 seconds), bench press (22 reps of 225 pounds) and broad jump (9 feet 4).”

About his tryout with the Tiger-Cats in Dallas on Saturday, Patek said:
“I didn’t run my 40, but I did position drills, did a little one-on-ones. I was a little rusty in one-on-ones, but they liked my footwork.” (HA)

HA Note: “Patek, who is 5 feet 11 1/8 and 210 pounds, was told he will play outside linebacker.”

HA Note: “The past Monday, Leonard was among 15 pro prospects with ties to the Seattle area who worked out for Seahawk coaches. Leonard was one of two hopefuls who were given post-workout medical examinations. Leonard, who played through numerous injuries at UH, was given a clean medical evaluation.”

Crediting Cal Lee and Scott Brantley (who supervised his workouts in Tampa) for his success in the drills at UH’s Pro Day and in his workout for the Seahawks on Monday, Adam Leonard said:
“We did a lot of position-specific stuff. We did a lot of good work down there (in Tampa).” (HA)

HA Note: “Agent John Jackson said the Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins have shown the most interest in Leonard.”