Archive for April 15th, 2009

Feature on Kenny Estes

April 15, 2009

About how he learned a lot by watching the more experienced Warriors (he arrived at UH in 2006), Estes said:
“Just over the years I watched what the older guys did and just built off that.” (HSB)

Asked for Estes’ status (he’s primarily been with the second unit in the spring but has gotten first team reps recently), Rich Miano said:
“He’s got to continue to develop, but he’s come a long way. You see the work ethic he has in the weight room and his preparation, he wants to start this year. He has that attitude and it’s the right attitude.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Estes arrived at UH in 2006 following a standout career as a multi-sport athlete at Waimea. He was the Kauai Interscholastic Federation offensive player of the year in 2005, and also made the first team as a defensive back, kicker and punter. His 50-yard field goal was a KIF record at the time. When football season finished at Waimea, Estes would transition into soccer in the winter, then straight to track and field in the spring, running the 100 and 200 meters and the 4×100 relay.”

About how he enjoyed so many sports in high school, Estes said:
“They were pretty much even all throughout high school.” (HSB)

About how he’s been trying to drop the extra weight he picked up after he started living on the UH-Manoa campus, Estes said:
“I’ve been trimming down and felt like I got faster, quicker, more agility. I knew I was lacking speed last year. This year I watched my weight, watched what I eat.” (HSB)

About how the weight loss has improved Estes’ speed, Miano said:
“You see his speed, you see him accelerate to the ball, you see his pursuit, that guy is a different guy.” (HSB)

About how he kicked FGs after a practice last week and was practicing kickoffs with Brett Symonds on Monday, Estes said:
“I love kicking.” (HSB)

Melvin “Tank” Hopkins got his nickname from his Mom

April 15, 2009

About how his Mom gave him his “Tank” nickname, Hopkins said:
“When I was little my mom gave it to me. I used to run into stuff and knock stuff over.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “Listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Hopkins’ nickname might seem an odd fit. But that tendency serves him well while playing cornerback for the Warriors. Hopkins, a transfer from Navarro (Texas) College, enrolled at UH this semester and has been working with the first unit at left cornerback since Chris Black injured his ankle in the first week of spring practice.”

About how Hopkins has adjusted to their system on D, Rich Miano said:
“Usually (JC transfers) just line up and play man coverages. We ask a lot more technique and coverages and Tank has really caught on well.” (HSB)