As noted previously, one of the more interesting elements of the transition to a pure run-and-shoot is the resurgence of the power back. It’s key position for a scheme that will no longer employ a full-time tight end.
UH’s lineage of power backs includes West Keliikipi, Reagan Mauia, Jason Laumoli, Nate Ilaoa and, even for a spell, Kiko Faalologo.
The latest is Kaiwi Chung, who moves from H-back/tight end/fullback to running back.
As a Kamehameha senior in 2013, Chung was an under-sized center with an over-sized heart.
This offseason, Chung participates in both UH’s strength/conditioning program as well as his father Dean’s workouts. One of the disciplines is the box squat, in which the back-squat lifter lowers onto a box, then explodes upwards. Chung does this, back-squatting 500 pounds for 10 sets of three reps each. Translation: If you need help blocking a ‘backer or moving furniture, call Kaiwi Chung.