Archive for April 22nd, 2009

Warrior coaches are optimistic about the new secondary

April 22, 2009

About their new players in the secondary (all the starters completed their eligibility and none of the players competing for starting positions have started for UH before), Mac said:
“I think they have excellent talent, they can run, they’re all good athletes, it’s just a matter of playing together, communicating and playing with emotion.” (KHNL)

About their new players in the secondary, Rich Miano said:
“These are going to be four guys that when the lights go on against Central Arkansas, they have never taken a rep most likely, so there’s some anxiety that’s why we’re blessed to have three scrimmages were having, the last one being at Aloha Stadium, because we want to see them under more pressure, live bullets so to speak, the intensity of the fans, all that stuff that comes with the game, so they need to get game experience quick.” (KHNL)

About how they are working on their consistency, Spencer Smith said:
“It’s better to be consistently good than occasionally great, so that’s what we’re tying to do, get consistency down so we don’t give up all those big plays that we gave up last year, and we’re trying to bond together as a unit as a secondary and hopefully get some good play.” (KHNL)

About how their DBs are working hard and learning from their coaches, Jeramy Bryant said:
“We’re young, we understand we’re young so we gotta stay around the coaches as much as possible, but everybody here is willing to be coached, there’s no sore thumbs, no guys who come out and say well I got hurt I can’t go today, everybody gives 100 percent to the team, and if we just continue to do that, sky is the limit for this unit.” (KHNL)

Ryan Mouton, Adam Leonard, and Josh Leonard await the NFL draft

April 22, 2009

HA Note: “Mouton is an intriguing prospect. He was the most talented cornerback in his two seasons in Hawai’i, although his playing time was limited because of injuries and circumstances. In 2007, he endured a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. In 2008, he was used at slotback and nickelback, as well as his natural position of cornerback. He also overcame an ankle injury.”

About how different teams judge CBs differently, Mouton’s agent Kenny Zuckerman said:
“When it comes to corners, it’s the teams’ flavor of choice. Some teams like big corners. Some like smaller corners who are fast. It really depends.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mouton tried to alleviate concerns by taking the Biodex, a test that measures the strength of the hamstring, quadriceps and the area between the two.”

About how Mouton’s right hamstring was 100% and his left was at 93% on the Biodex test, Zuckerman said:
“There’s a slight difference. Nothing to scare a team away.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mouton and safety Sammy Knight have trained together. Knight was named to the 2001 Pro Bowl when he was with the New Orleans Saints.”

Mouton said that playing pro football has:
“always been a dream of mine. Hopefully, everything goes well on draft day.” (HA)

HA Note: “For Mouton, that should be Sunday, when the third through seventh rounds will be conducted. Mouton and several former teammates from Blinn Junior College have rented a place for Saturday night. Sunday morning, they will attend church. Mouton’s father is a pastor. Then they will watch the draft.”

Asked what was his good luck charm, Mouton said:
“My cell phone, which hopefully will be getting calls.” (HA)

Asked if he did enough in postseason workouts to get drafted, Mouton said:
“Hopefully so. I would have liked to do more, but I feel I showed enough.” (HSB)

About the wide disparity in his draft status on different sites, Mouton said:
“I really don’t know what to expect.” (HSB)

HSB Note: “While the workouts carry weight with scouts, UH associate coach Rich Miano, who is also the Warriors’ NFL liaison, said Mouton “put enough stuff on film,” to make teams take notice.”

About how scouts judge players, Mouton said:
“They look at a lot of things. A lot of them will look at what you did in the combine and pro day, but the one thing they can’t take away is what you did on the field.” (HSB)

About how his hamstring will be ready when mini-camps start after the draft, Mouton said:
“The main thing is getting in there and going to work.” (HSB)

About his 4.88 time in the 40-yard dash at UH’s Pro Day, Adam Leonard said:
“I was too tense. I was over-thinking everything instead of relaxing.” (HA)

About how he was more comfortable during LB drills, Adam said:
“By the time we did linebacker drills, I told myself I’ve got nothing to lose. I was disappointed early, but then I went out there and relaxed and had fun.” (HA)

About how he’s received interest from several NFL teams, including his hometown Seahawks and the Eagles, Adam said:
“We’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to this weekend.” (HA)

About how his life has changed since UH’s Pro Day (he benched 225 pounds 41 times and ran the pro-agility drill in 4.35 seconds), Josh Leonard said:
“I’m doing much better.” (HA)

HA Note: “Before Pro Day, he drew little interest. In the past three weeks, he has received inquiries from 20 NFL teams. The Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Dolphins have shown the most interest, sending T-shirts and hats — the photo-op accessories for draft weekend. Leonard, who is 6 feet 2 3/8, said he gained 15 pounds since Pro Day and now weighs 298.”

Mel Kiper praised Jacob Ingram, says Jake will be drafted in the 5th or 6th round

April 22, 2009

USA = USA Today

Praising Jake Ingram, Mel Kiper said:
“Jacob Ingram out of Hawaii is a very good long snapper, so he’s probably going to get drafted in the fifth, sixth round.” (USA)

USA Note: “Ingram, 6-3, 235 pounds, is taking the wait-and-see approach. But about a third of the snappers in the NFL last season were drafted in rounds four through seven. He’s rated the top snapper by”

About the predictions that he will be drafted, Ingram said:
“You never know until draft day.” (USA)

USA Note: “He was a backup defensive end as a walk-on freshman at Hawaii. He hadn’t been a high school snapper in Mililani, Hawaii, but he’d always had a knack for it. As a freshman, he helped Hawaii senior snapper Tanuvasa “T.J.” Moe with his warm-up. In the process, Ingram snapped himself. In a game that season, Moe (also a linebacker) hurt his hand. Then-Hawaii coach June Jones turned to Ingram.”

About JJ approaching him to long-snap for UH, Ingram said:
“He was like, “Can you do it for us?’ I was like, “Yeah, I’ll do it.’ So I went in, started snapping.” (USA)

About how he can deliver a 15-yard punt snap in 0.7 seconds (where 0.8 is considered solid in the NFL), Ingram said:
“I’m anywhere from between 0.65 seconds to 0.7.” (USA)

Asked how many snaps he botched at UH, Ingram said:
“I didn’t have any. I’ve had like two (one on a punt and one on a place-kick) that went through our guys hands. That’s about it.” (USA)