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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pro Day Wrap-Ups, Ryan Mouton

UPDATE: Here's a handy list of stats from Pro Day, compiled by Stephen Tsai.

Stephen Tsai writes about the players who participated in yesterday's pro day.
Former University of Hawai'i football players Hercules Satele and Ryan Grice-Mullins had standout individual performances during yesterday's Pro Day at the Home Depot Center.

Satele, an offensive guard, bench pressed 225 pounds 40 times.

Grice-Mullins, a slotback, sped 40 yards in 4.33 seconds.

They were among 19 former Warriors who participated in what was essentially an audition before more than 50 National Football League scouts.
Tsai writes about Colt Brennan's day and his decision to reveal his injury to NFL scouts.
While the condition, which was recently diagnosed, might have gone unnoticed until after the draft, Brennan insisted on alerting the NFL.

"I know the magnitude of (the injury) because it was so close to the draft," Brennan said. "I could have hidden it. I could have played that game. But that's not me. I wanted to show integrity and character."

He said he considers the condition to be "minor," adding "if I were already on a football team this probably wouldn't make the news. This is how minor the injury is."

But as a pro prospect, he said, "everything is critiqued."
Dave Reardon writes about pro day and highlights RGM's great 40 time.
The former Hawaii slotback covered 40 yards in 4.33 seconds yesterday at UH's pro timing day in Carson, Calif. It makes him among the fastest documented receivers available to be drafted into the NFL later this month.

"It got a little bit of a buzz going. Some teams are calling my agent and I might be doing some visits," said Grice-Mullins, who ran 4.46 at the NFL Combine. "It was kind of funny because a lot of people were surprised today. But I wasn't. I was disappointed with my times at the combine. At the combine I ran (and) people were like, 'Those are good times.' I didn't think so."
Stephen Tsai has more news and notes from the pro day, including this about Ryan Keomaka:
Scouts were intrigued with 176-pound cornerback Ryan Keomaka, who sprinted 40 yards in 4.35 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times. Keomaka, who is Chad Owens’ brother-in-law, was seldom-used this past season. He missed all of training camp last August while completing summer-school work.
On his first 40 attempt yesterday, Keomaka ran the distance in 4.45 seconds.
Irked by that performance, he went to the sideline to practice his running technique. On his second attempt, he was clocked at 4.35 seconds.
Here's a press release about pro day from the UH Athletics Department.

And finally, Jason Kaneshiro profiles Ryan Mouton, who talks about the significance of his number change this season.
With the Warriors in the midst of preparations for their Sugar Bowl appearance, Mouton learned of the death of Matt Halton, a close friend and former teammate at Katy High School in Texas.

"It hurt because two or three days before we went down to the Sugar Bowl we had talked," Mouton recalled.

As a tribute to his friend, Mouton has changed his jersey number from 27 last season to 2 this spring, the number Halton wore as Katy quarterback.

"I'm thinking about him and feel like I represent him every time I go out there," he said after UH's first practice of the spring Monday morning.


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