Former UH safety Jake Patek is set to receive a two-year contract from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Patek, who completed his UH eligibility at the end of the 2008 Sugar Bowl, participated in last week’s Pro Day in Carson, Calif. It was there where he met Richard Wade, an area scout for the Tiger-Cats.
Patek then learned the Tiger-Cats were holding tryouts the past Saturday in Dallas. With the help of former UH coaches June Jones and Jeff Reinebold, Patek secured an invitation to the tryout.
“I didn’t run my 40, but I did position drills, did a little one-on-ones,” Patek said. “I was a little rusty in one-on-ones, but they liked my footwork.”
Patek received encouragement at the end of the tryout.
“Today, (a Tiger-Cat official) called me and told me they would offer me a contract,” Patek said. “I’m blown away. I’m ready to play some football.”
He reports to training camp in June.
In case you forgot how hard Patek hits, here’s a reminder:
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In a coinkydink, UH sent out this announcement:
HAMILTON – Former University of Hawai‘i offensive lineman James Mills is one of five new members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame class of 2009. Mills will be officially inducted along with Tony Anselmo, Alondra Johnson, Rudy Phillips, and Glen Weir during induction weekend 2009 to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from Sept. 24-26.
“This is a very deserving class, these gentlemen played at a high level very rarely in the spotlight but are very deserving of this honour especially being voted in by their peers,” said Mark DeNobile, the Hall of Fame’s Executive-Director. “These men personify what’s great about Canadian football, from electrifying plays on the field while working to make our game and our communities stronger off the field.”
A Vancouver native, Mills played for UH from 1979-82 before being drafted in the ninth round of the 1983 NFL draft by the Baltimore Colts. At UH, Mills also played tight end and was second-team all-Western Athletic Conference at the offensive tackle position during his senior year. Mills was also a two-time Warrior Club honoree, the football program’s most prestigious award.
After a brief career in the NFL, Mills signed as free agent with the British Columbia Lions in August 1986 and played the final nine games that season. In 1988, he missed the last seven games of the season due to a knee injury but was still named an All-Western and an All-Canadian All-Star that season. In 1991, Mills anchored an offensive line that allowed a league-low 30 sacks and was won the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award for the second year in a row.
In 1993, Mills was named a Western All-Star for the fourth straight year and fifth time overall. Mills was signed to Ottawa as a free agent in 1994. After one year with the Rough Riders, he returned to Vancouver to finish his career with the BC Lions in 1995.
During his career, Mills was a Western All-Star at the offensive tackle position in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. He was All-Canadian in 1988, 1990, 1991. He also voted the league’s Most Outstanding Lineman two years in a row 1990, 1991. In addition, he was named to the BC Lions Wall of Fame and was voted as a member of the BC Lions’ 50th Season Dream Team.
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Times are hard on the boulevard.
One of the car dealerships is ending its practicie of extending courtesy cars to UH coaches. Five members of the UH staff, including basketball head coach Bob Nash and associate athletic director Carl Clapp, are getting cut. Yes, I did not know that an associate AD gets a courtesy car. But he does count it as income (thus paying taxes on it) and he covers the maintenance and repair.
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Associate head coach Rich Miano is today’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show. Miano also coordinates the Warriors’ walk-on program and Pro Day. You may post questions for Miano here or on the show’s comment section. The show starts at noon. Please join us.
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Know how coaches sometimes insist there are lessons to be learned from losses? From last year’s Cincinnati game, the Warriors have borrowed a pass play, which worked to perfection yesterday, and two special-team coverages.
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In the current Pro Football Weekly’s draft rankings, three Hawaii‘i players are in the top 101:
No. 97: Kaluka Maiava, USC.
No. 98: David Veikune, UH
No. 101: Ryan Mouton, UH