Before departing for Seattle, safety Leroy Lutu asked the UH coaches what it would take to earn a football scholarship. The short answer: Earn significant playing time.
Lutu, who began his UH sports career as a basketball player before joining the football team last year, has set up an eight-week fitness program that he hopes will improve his athletic skills.
He will work out at EndZone Athletics in Seattle, focusing on weight-lifting, speed and agility training. Part of the program includes boxing.
“(Boxing) has all of the essentials — hand speed, foot speed, endurance,” Lutu said. “Safeties need good footwork. It’s the key to being a good safety.”
He said some of the boxing workouts will be at Cappy’s, a one-story, warehouse-like facility.
“Boxing workouts are really intense,” Lutu said. “After you do them, you’re exhausted, and your legs are heavy.”
Lutu, who is 6 feet 3 and 212 pounds, said he hopes to gain eight pounds before returning to Hawaii in mid-July.
“I want to stay at safety,” Lutu said. “There are a lot of things I need to work on.”
He also has received a stack of football DVDs that he will study each day.
“I’m going to work hard, watch a lot of film, and try to progress,” he said.