Feature on the Warriors’ Junior Pro Day

About how his arm reach was measured at 33 inches (less than he had hoped), Tua Mahaley said:
“I was working on my biceps today.” (HA)

HA Note: “Mahaley was among 13 soon-to-be Warrior football seniors whose weights, heights, arm reaches, hand spans and Wonderlic results were recorded during yesterday’s Junior Pro Day at the UH athletic complex. The 90-minute session served as a career day for aspiring pro players. Two National Football League scouting coordinators — Dave Petett of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ray Biggs of the Tennessee Titans — took the data, which will be shared with 26 of the remaining 32 NFL teams.”

About having the Junior Pro Day for the Warriors, Petett said:
“It gives us a jump. We can start working on (evaluating) the guys over the summer. We’ll know what to expect in the fall.” (HA)

About how these assessments are part of the draft evaluation process, Petett said:
“It’s an 11-plus-month process. Hawai’i has had good players in recent years. Look at David, Ryan and Jake.” (HA)

HA Note: “Defensive end David Veikune, cornerback Ryan Mouton and long-snapper Jake Ingram are former Warriors who were selected in the 2009 NFL draft. Petett and Biggs spent several hours reviewing videos of the UH prospects. They will watch more videos today and tomorrow.”

About how the scouts will grade UH’s Juniors, Rich Miano said:
“They’ll evaluate each senior-to-be, then give them a grade.” (HA)

About taking the Wonderlic (50 questions long, 20 minute time limit), Brashton Satele (who was born in November) said:
“One of the questions was: what’s the 11th month of the calendar year?” (HA)

About the Wonderlic, John Estes said:
“The questions ranged from ridiculously easy to hard.” (HA)

About how his hand span was measured at 10 3/4 inches, Laupepa Letuli said:
“I was surprised.” (HA)

HA Note: “Left guard Ray Hisatake had the longest reach (33fi inches). At 6 feet 4, left tackle Aaron Kia was the tallest. Defensive tackle Rocky Savaiigaea weighed the most (335 pounds).”

About being measured at 6′ 1.5″ and 298 pounds, Estes said:
“I am what I am.” (HA)

HA Note: “There were two notable absences: quarterback Greg Alexander and defensive end Fetaiagogo “John” Fonoti, whose girlfriend was in the hospital yesterday.”

About Fonoti missing the Junior Pro Day, Biggs said:
“We understand. He would have been here. Give him credit for taking care of his girlfriend.” (HA)

HA Note: “The players were not asked to lift weights or run the 40-yard dash. The Warriors lifted in March, and those results were forwarded to the scouts.”

About how he didn’t want the Warriors to run the 40-yard dash on Ching Field, Miano said:
“We love the surface, and it’s good for the knees and ankles and shoulders. But it’s not good to run a 40 because the surface is slow. It’s so soft. It’s like running on long grass. As it gets patted down more, it will become a faster surface. We don’t want them to have slow times because of the surfaces they’re running on.” (HA)

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