UH today released this depth chart for spring ball:
LWO—Greg Salas; Joe Avery/Rodney Bradley.
LSB—Jon Medeiros; Ryan Henry
LT—Aaron Kia; Clayton Laurel/Brett Leonard
LG—Ray Hisatake/Matagisila Lefiti; Austin Hansen
C—John Estes; Lefiti/Bronson Tiawanak
RG—Brysen Ginlack/Raphael Ieru; Drew Uperesa
RT—Laupepa Letuli; Adrian Thomas.
RSB—Kealoha Pilares; Dustin Blount
RWO—Malcolm Lane/Royce Pollard; Jovonte Taylor
QB—Greg Alexander; Brent Rausch; Shane Austin.
RB—Leon Wright-Jackson; Inoke Funaki; Jayson Rego.
LE—Elliott Purcell/Victor Clore
LT—Tuika Tufaga/Rocky Savaiigaea
RT—Vaughn Meatoga; David Hafoka
RE—John Fonoti; Alasi Toilolo
SLB—Blaze Soares; Paipai Falemalu
MLB—Brashton Satele; Mana Lolotai
WLB—R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane; Po‘okela Ahmad
CB—Chris Black; Tank Hopkins
SS—Mana Silva; Kenny Estes.
FS—Spencer Smith; Lametrius Davis
CB—Jeramy Bryant; Lewis Walker.
P—Spencer Smith; Kenny Estes.
LS—Chad Preacher; Andrew Faaumu.
H—Inoke Funaki; Shane Austin.
KR—Malcolm Lane; Jovonte Taylor; Dustin Blount.
PR—Ryan Henry; Kealoha Pilares.
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You may download the UH spring prospectus at:
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The final results are in, and slotback Kealoha Pilares was credited with the Warriors’ best vertical jump: 39 inches. R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane was second, at 38 inches.
I think I mentioned this before, but Saint Francis took a tour of the Tizer building, and all of the female students wanted to do was talk about Kealoha Pilares.
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Monday’s first practice of spring training will begin at 4 p.m. instead of 7 a.m. All of the practices are free and open to the public.
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Attending practice will be a good chance to see the linebacker candidates. One of them is Vili Nauahi, who once was one of the state’s most-sought recruits as a Kahuku High senior in 2003.
After high school, Nauahi worked and then attended community college. He did not enroll at UH full time until August 2007.
Now 6-foot-2 Nauahi is a linebacker, weighing 230 pounds (up 10 to 15 pounds from his playing weight during the 2008 season). This offseason he has been doing split workouts — lifting weights/agility drills and linebacker-related drills.
Nauahi, who majors in philosophy and is a member of UH’s Public Relations Club, is on track to earn a bachelor’s degree in December. As a non-scholarship player, he has used work income and student loans to pay for his tuition. He has not touched the $47,560 he earned for his successful appearance on Wheel of Fortune last year.
“It’s in the bank, tempting me,” said Nauahi, who might use part of the money to pay back his student loan.
“I was going to use the money to buy a car, but I figured I’d save it,” Nauahi said. “I have no problems catching the bus.”
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Don’t forget that Jim Donovan will be answering your questions at a gathering tomorrow night at Bar Louie Tavern and Grill at the Anaheim Garden Walk. E-mail Rich2176 for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Congrats to George Daily-Lyles:
DALLAS, March 25, 2009 – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that George Daily-Lyles, a senior linebacker from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif., has been named the Play It Smart National Student-Athlete of the Month for February.
A four-year member of Play It Smart at Long Beach Poly, Lyles has been an active participant in the program, inspiring his teammates to balance their powerhouse status on the field with equal success in the classroom and as leaders in the community.
“[Play It Smart] has taught the whole Poly family, about family and that there are no individual successes without family success,” said Lyles. “So this honor is a team honor, not an individual honor.”
Lyles, who has received numerous football accolades, recently signed a letter of intent with the University of Hawai’i to play football in the fall. On the field, the team captain led his team to a 14-1 record, a California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section title (the school’s 18th), and a runner-up finish in the CIF Open State Championships.
“Play It Smart is like a big brother standing over you and encouraging you to perform on and off-the-field,” said Lyles. “While my friends from other schools were fumbling around trying to keep up with the recruiting process, I was already set thanks to Play It Smart.”
“George’s leadership skills have been invaluable to the football program,” said Long Beach Poly Academic Coach Monica Kim. “As team captain, he has taken on his younger teammates and stressed the importance of academics and discipline.”
“Coach Kim has helped me get to where I am today,” said Lyles. “Without Coach Kim, I don’t know where I would be.”
“Each month we honor student-athletes who demonstrate excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in service to others,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “George is one these extraordinary student-athletes. We look forward to following the bright future of this remarkable young man.”
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OK, OK. It’s Corey Paredes’ brother who is seeking to transfer to UH. He won’t participate in spring ball, but there’s a chance for the fall. He would have to sit out a season, per transfer rules, but would be eligible in 2010.