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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Weekend News, WitPs, Etc.

Stephen Tsai writes that Butte College running back Alex Greene will become a Warrior.

Speaking of "future Warriors," linebacker Liloa Nobriga has apparently decommitted from UH and will sign with Colorado. Maybe.

No matter who ends up signing with UH, there will be a "recruiting celebration" on February 4th at Murphy's Bar and Grill.
UH fans are invited to celebrate the 2009 football recruiting class Feb. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Merchant Street in front of Murphy's Bar & Grill Downtown. Head coach Greg McMackin will discuss each of the student-athletes who officially signed with the Warriors earlier in the day and there will be video highlights of the recruits.
Also on February 4th, UH will begin accepting deposits for new football season tickets.

Scout.com has an analysis of the Senior Bowl and lists David Veikune as one of the "up-and-comers".
Hawaii DE David Veikune played with a high motor and showed great athleticism off the edge at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 255 pound Veikune used his quickness and deceptive strength to gain the upper hand against the likes of Ole Miss OT Michael Oher and Tulane OT Troy Kropog. Veikune doesn’t do anything fancy and isn’t a technician by any means, but he has a quick first step and uses his speed and balance to get into the backfield. On Saturday night, Veikune was held in check and came away with just two tackles, but he recovered a key fumble. He’s an interesting prospect and someone you will want to keep an eye on at the Scouting Combine. He’s a workout warrior and could ultimately land in the third round.
According to the Field Gulls blog, the Seattle Seahawks met with Veikune during Senior Bowl week.

Following up on what kalaika17 posted earlier this month, the Miami Herald reports on Samson Satele's shoulder injury.
One factor in center Samson Satele's up-and-down play (according to the Dolphins' thinking) is that he played all season with problems in his right shoulder and was diagnosed this month with a torn labrum. He had recent surgery and should be fine for next season. Satele (295 pounds) and the Dolphins want him to bulk up -- he's shooting for 305-310.
In a special to the Star-Bulletin, Mark Brown profiles Travis LaBoy, who is battling through injury as he gets ready for the Super Bowl.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt indicated LaBoy should take his place at right defensive end, and complement an improving defense. Still, there remains a cautious approach to the former University of Hawaii standout, and the Cardinals are taking a deliberate method.

"He's getting more comfortable with his elbow, and what he's going to do to be able to play," Whisenhunt said. "I think next week we will get more of a focused look on how limited he would possibly be if Travis would be limited at all. That's going to be the determining factor in how much he plays."
And Dave Reardon writes that Dane Uperesa, who recently retired from playing football, will now be coaching football.
Don ‘t be surprised to see an influx of talent from Hawaii at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Dane Uperesa, a standout at right tackle on Hawaii’s 11-3 team of 2006, will coach the offensive line there.


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