Defensive end Veni Manu of Mililani High School today accepted a football scholarship from the Warriors.
“I’m very happy to be a Warrior,” Manu told the Warrior Beat. “I think Coach Mack is a great coach, and I want to play for him.”
Manu also has received outstanding tutoring at Mililani. The defensive line coach is Ma‘a Tanuvasa, one of the best to play for the Warrriors.
Manu is 6 feet 4 and 227 pounds.
At the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance combine in February, he bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
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There are about 20 players invited to join the Warriors Aug. 25, the first day of the fall semester, when the roster may expand.
A few are on scholarship, such as offensive linemen Levi Legay and Dan Johnson.
Some barely missed making the training-camp roster, such as defensive end Bo Montgomery and defensive tackle Quentin Beaver. Beaver, who is one of the strongest Warriors, needed to lose weight.
Some have to redshirt this season because of NCAA transfer rules, such as linebackers Kaleo Wong and Josh Andrews.
Then there are two mysteries. Quarterback Kiran Kepo‘o, who is on scholarship, attended both summer school sessions. But he did not participate in any of the unsupervised passing drills. His jersey No. 12 recently was given to junior-college transfer Greg Alexander.
Cox was dismissed from the team near the end of last season. He was given a conditional reinstatement for spring training. Scholarships are awarded on a one-year basis. Even after he was dismissed in November, he remained on scholarship through May. Although his scholarship was not renewed, he was invited to rejoin the team as a walk-on on Aug. 25. It is not known if he will show up.
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Running back Jake Heun has a herniated disc, but the good news is he won’t need surgery. UH is hopeful intensive rehabilitation will speed up his recovery.
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Defensive lineman Ana Tuiasosopo Jr. has left New Mexico State to prepare for a church mission. Upon his return, he will enroll at UH, according to family members.
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“The Beast” gets some love on the Weber State Web site:
“(Ron) McBride was also pleased with the performance of a couple of first-year freshmen who opened some eyes in defensive end Demetri Enesi (6-2, 260 / The Dalles, Oregon) and Ryan Eastman (6-0, 270 / Honolulu, Hawai’i.”