Friday, April 22, 2011

Manti Te'o (Notre Dame)

For years, Notre Dame has been criticized for lacking toughness and having a soft team. The solution has arrived in way of Manti T’eo.

T’eo is a hard hitting inside linebacker that is a big reason Notre Dame is a team on the rise. Last season he recorded 129 tackles as a sophomore, including a 21 tackle game against Stanford.

He is exactly what you look for in an inside linebacker. Te’o is the kind of player that feels like he should make every single tackle.

Not given any All-American honors in 2011, I expect Te’o get more national recognition as Notre Dame becomes relevant again.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


BYU’s football program has tapped into the Pacific Islands to find players since 1951 when Harry Bray of Hilo, Hawaii transferred from Weber College to play for the Cougars. Other Pacific Islanders who followed included: Famika Anae (1954-55; father of current BYU Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae), John Kapele (1957-59), John Kawaa (1962-1963); John Lupoi (1967-1969) and Henry Nawahine (1964-1965). Some of BYU’s most celebrated and decorated players have come from the Pacific islands, including All-Americans, national record holders and players who have gone on to compete in the NFL.
Since 1951, well over 100 Polynesian players have suited up for BYU, including 18 who will don the blue and white in 2009. The Cougars’ Polynesian players have come from Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand and Fiji. Some of the most notable players include Vai Sikahema, the NCAA’s career leader in punt returners, All-American and NFL veteran tight end Itula Mili and BYU’s second all-time rushing leader Lakei Heimuli. Five former BYU Polynesian players are currently on NFL rosters.
Of the more than 100 Polynesian players, several rank among the top statistical leaders in BYU history. Two of the top-10 career rushers are Polynesian as are two of the top-10 leaders in career receiving yards. Since 1982, 11 of BYU’s season-rushing leaders have been Pacific Islanders.
Postgame Celebration 2006A list of other Polynesians who excelled on the gridiron for BYU include: Mekeli Ieremia (1974-1977), Wally Molifua (1972-1973), Pili Saluone (1970-71), Charles Ah You (1973-74), Keith Uperesa (1974-77), Pisa Finai (1975), Marcus Kanahele (1975-76), Pulusila Filiaga (1979-81), David Aupiu (1979-82), Allen Salanoa (1982),Brad Anae (1980-81), Louis Wong (1982-84), Robert Anae (1982-84), Lakei Heimuli (1983-1986),Kurt Gouveia (1983-85), Ladd Akeo (1984-86), Andy Kato (1984-1987),Steve Kaufusi (1983-86), Thor Salanoa (1985-87), Chris Bisho (1986-1987), Alema Harrington (1986-88), Tau Harrington (1988-1990), and Sim Tiatia (1988-90), Tom Tuipulotu (1983-85), Peter Tuipulotu (1989-91), Wayne Faaluafua (1981-1982); Fotu Katoa (1989) Rich Kaufusi (1989-90); Chris Matau (1985-1986); Micah Matsuzaki (1989-1993); Phil Nauahi (1987-1988), Alema Fitisemanu (1985-90), Spencer Reid (1994-97),Gabriel Reid (1999-02), Donny Atuia (1996-1999); Mark Atuia (1991-1996); Justin Ena (1997-2001); Elias Faupula (1994-1995); Setema Gali Jr. (1997-2000);Fred Katoa (1990); Harland Ah You (1995-97), K.O. Kealaluhi (1995-1996); Henry Bloomfield (1995-96), Tevita Liava’a (1997); Issiah Magalei (1996-1998); Shane Magalei (1996-1999); Reno Mahe (1998-2002);Itula Mili (19991-1996); John Moala (1996-1997); John Moeaki (1994); Stan Moleni (1998); Kelepi Ofahengaue (1996); Tevita Ofahengaue (1997-2000);Vaha Ongoongotau (1994-1995); John Raass (1994-1995); Stan Raass (1994-1995); Terence Saluone (1992-1993); Kapi Sikahema (1991); Kalani Sitaki (1994-2000); Casey Tiumalu (1982-1983); Mike Ulufale (1994-1995); Morris Unutoa (1989-1995), Aaron Francisco (2001-04), Shaun Nua (2002-04), Ifo Pili (1999-2003), Jason Kukahiko (2001-04), Hanale Vincent (2001-04), Manaia Brown (2002-05), Fahu Tahi (1999, 02-05), Vince Feula (2004-05), Daniel Marquardt (2001-05), T.J Sitake (1998-00, 04-05), Jake Kuresa (2003-06), Hala Paongo (2004-06), Sete Aulai (2006-07), Fui Vakapuna (2002-03, 06-08) and Ray Feinga (2004-08).

Mamaitaloa Fiaseu Eastern Arizona Volleyball

No. 25

Class: Sophomore
Position: Libero / Defensive Specialist
Ht: 5-6
Home Town: Honolulu, HI
High School:   Radford

USC, Kiffin and Tennessee Titans settle for interfering with the contract of running backs coach Kennedy Pola

April, 6, 2011

By Ted Miller
 One half of USC coach Lane Kiffin's Tennessee feudin' is over.

Kiffin, USC and the Tennessee Titans have settled their differences. The Titans last July filed a lawsuit against Kiffin and USC for interfering with the contract of running backs coach Kennedy Pola, who was hired to be the Trojans running backs coach.

Most observers (perhaps it was just me) believed the Titans were acting like big babies -- litigious and disingenuous ones at that -- so it's nice to put this to bed.

Here's a joint statement from USC and the Titans on the matter:

"We are pleased to be able to conclude a mutually satisfactory arrangement between the University of Southern California and the Tennessee Titans that concludes the litigation involving the hiring of Kennedy Pola. The settlement terms are private, but include opportunities for both parties to avoid future disagreements and disputes over employment of persons who are already employed by either party. With this amicable resolution, the Tennessee Titans and the University of Southern California have restored their long-time mutual relationship, and anticipate that the suit will be dismissed within the next few weeks."

Kiffin continues to have his NCAA issues based on his brief but colorful tenure coaching the Tennessee Volunteers, who volunteered Kiffin as their fall guy for rules violations.

Tyler Seau 2010 Delta State University Statesmen Football

2010 Delta State University Statesmen Football Roster

40 Tyler Seau Position: MLB
Weight: 219
Class: Junior
Hometown: Oceanside, Calif.
High School: Mission Hills HS
Previous School: Palomar (Calif.)

2010 (Junior): Played in all 14 games racking up 27 tackles...Had 3 tackles for loss and 0.5 sack

PALOMAR: Played two season, including a redshirt season, at Palomar College in San Diego, Calif., for coach Joe Early...As a sophomore, Seau recorded 48 tackles with 6.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks...Also tallied seven quarterback hurries and two pass break-ups...Missed two games due to injury...Freshman season had 46 tackles (29 solo), a half-sack, a tackle for a loss, two broken-up pass and five quarterback hurries playing in 10 of 11 games and missing the other one with an injury...Led the team in both tackles (11) and solo tackles (seven) in a 20-7 win over Long Beach City College on Oct. 25 as he stepped it up with David Motu, the Comets’ leading tackler, sidelined with an injury...Had four tackles (two solo) and broke up a pass in a 41-14 rout of Orange Coast on Nov. 8...Helped the 8-3 Comets defeat Cerritos 38-33 in the Golden Empire Bowl on Nov. 22 in Bakersfield with four tackles (three solo) and a broken-up pass...Redshirted in 2007 for the Comets.

PREP: Played for coach Chris Hauser at Mission Hills High in San Marcos.

PERSONAL: Tyler Christian Seau...Born June 10, 1989...Son of Melissa Sparks Hunter and Tioina “Junior” Seau, former USC All-American and All-Pro linebacker for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots...Has two brothers; Kekoa and Jake, and two sisters, Sydney and Brandi.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Matt Asiata SI Grade 2.01 Grading System

Position: RB
Class: 5Sr
School: Utah
Conference: Mountain West
HT: 5-11
WT: 229
40 Time: 4.77
Biography: Started seven games as a senior, posting 155/695/8. Junior totals included 330 yards rushing and four touchdowns, when he was limited to four games due to a knee injury. Posted career totals of 146/707/12 as a sophomore.

Positives: Strong interior runner who picks up difficult yardage. Keeps his feet driving up the field, shows the ability to break tackles, and picks up yardage off initial contact. Aggressively lays his shoulders into defenders and falls forward when tackled. Solid receiver who adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception away from his frame. Displays good vision picking up blitzes.

Negatives: Straight-line runner who loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Slow getting through cutback lanes. Runs a bit tall, which leads to a lot of heavy hits. Must works harder to finish blocks.

Analysis: Asiata is an adequate inside running prospect for the next level with limited upside. He's a potential third back for a power running offense.

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Vai Taua SI Grade 2.37 Grading System

Position: RB
Class: 5Sr
School: Nevada
Conference: Western Athletic
HT: 5-9.5
WT: 213
40 Time: 4.65
Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Rushing totals last season included 284/1610/19 with 18/226/3 as a receiver. Junior numbers on the ground were 172/1345/10 with 12/99/3 as a receiver. Finished his sophomore campaign with 1521 yards on the ground.

Positives: Compact ball carrier who displays skill running between the tackles. Possesses good vision, finds the cutback lanes, and slides through the small creases of the defense. Quickly gets through the hole, runs low to the ground, and does not go down without a fight. Keeps his feet moving on contact, runs through arm tackles, and falls forward when brought to the ground. Always keeps the play inbounds, working to pick up positive yardage. Possesses some short-area quickness and has a darting style with the ability to elude defenders. Cognizant of ball security.

Negatives: Does not have long speed and cannot beat defenders into the open field. Loses momentum when he must quickly change direction. Does not always run with good balance.

Analysis: Taua has been a productive runner on the college level since his sophomore campaign and has shown versatility. He's a small back who plays big and has enough ability to be used as a rotational ball carrier.

Projection: 6th

Roy Helu Jr. SI Grade 2.81 Grading System

Position: RB
Class: 4Sr
School: Nebraska
Conference: Big 12
HT: 5-11.5
WT: 219
40 Time: 4.41
Biography: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors last season after posting career-best rushing numbers of 188/1245/11. Junior rushing totals included 220/1193/10.

Positives: Physically talented ball carrier moving up draft boards. Has good size and displays terrific vision and overall instincts. Shows a burst through the hole and can beat defenders into the open field then run to daylight. Has solid footwork in a small area, sets defenders up, and makes them miss. Waits for blocks to develop, shows patience as a runner, and finds running lanes everywhere on the field. Displays strength carrying the ball and the ability to pick up yardage off initial contact, falling forward when tackled for the extra yardage.

Negatives: Not a truly elusive or creative ball carrier. Does not show soft hands out of the backfield catching the ball. Must be more aware of ball security as he puts the ball on the ground at inopportune times.

Analysis: Helu Jr. has been very productive the past two seasons and did incredibly well in the run-up to the draft. After outstanding showings at the Senior Bowl and combine, he has moved into the top 75 selections and is one of the few backs in this draft that could develop into a feature runner.

Projection: 2-3

Stanley Havili SI Grade 2.43 Grading System

Position: FB
Class: 5Sr
School: USC
Conference: Pac-10
HT: 6-0.5
WT: 227
40 Time: 4.73
Biography: Four-year starter who finished with 26/166/1 rushing and 32/396/2 receiving as a senior. Junior numbers included 21/138 rushing and 22/298/2 as a receiver.

Positives: Athletic but undersized fullback who has a lot of talent. Displays good vision, football instincts and movement skills. Quickly gets out front of running backs to create space and can adjust to linebackers on the second level. Works to get a pad on defenders and opens up running lanes. Attacks blocking assignments and gives effort. Works runs and shows the ability to quickly get through the hole carrying the ball. Solid receiver and extends to make the reception away from his frame.

Negatives: Lacks dominant strength and struggles to finish blocks. Not a powerful runner who can move the pile in short-yardage situations.

Analysis: Havili was very productive at USC the past four seasons and has versatility as a fullback. He lacks the size and strength to be a true lead blocker but could be very effective in a West Coast offense.

Projection: 5th

Isaako Aaitui SI Grade 1.92 Grading System

Position: DT
Class: 5Sr
School: UNLV
Conference: Mountain West
HT: 6-2.5
WT: 300
40 Time: 5.12
Biography: Three-year starter who finished with 27/5/1.5 as a senior after putting up junior totals of 31/2.5/.5. Career-best numbers of 32/7/2 came during his sophomore season.

Positives: Big-bodied interior lineman who flashes skill but shows minimal consistency. Quick off the snap, fights throughout the action, and is tough to move off the point. Built low to the ground and keeps his feet moving up the field. Changes direction well.

Negatives: Gets tall as the play proceeds, makes himself an easy target, and can be controlled by a single blocker. Must improve the use of his hands. Marginal instincts and slow locating the ball. Minimally productive in college.

Analysis: Aaitui looked like a top prospect in the making after sophomore season but never improved his game. He has the skills necessary to be used on the inside of a four-man line but must take every aspect of his game to another level.

Projection: FA

Sealver Siliga SI Grade 2.35 Grading System

Position: DT
Class: 3Jr
School: Utah
Conference: Mountain West
HT: 6-1.5
WT: 305
40 Time: 5.25
Biography: Two-year starter who finished with 41/4/1.5 as a junior after he had 49/6.5/1 the prior year.

Positives: Strong, run-defending lineman who is best in a small area. Plays with good pad level, fires off the snap with a nice first step, and keeps his feet driving up the field. Displays power, tough to move off the point, and bulrushes opponents from the action. Works hard to make plays and constantly doubled in the middle of the line.

Negatives: Straight-line defender who lacks a burst. Must develop more moves with his hands. Has marginal pass rushing skills.

Analysis: Siliga been a solid player the past two seasons at Utah and has the ability to occupy blockers up front. He lacks classic size for the NFL space eater has limited growth potential but could be a reserve in the middle of a four-man line.

Projection: 6th

Saia Falahola SI Grade 2.09 Grading System

Position: DT
Class: 5Sr
School: Arizona State
Conference: Pac-10
HT: 6-1
WT: 305
40 Time: 5.11
Biography: Two-year starter who posted 13 tackles and 2.5 for loss as a senior after junior numbers of 26/7.5/4.

Positives: Explosive one-gap tackle who plays hard until the whistle blows. Displays terrific quickness off the snap, plays with good pad level, and tough to move off the point. Works his hands throughout the action, keeps his feet driving up the field, and fluid moving in every direction. Shows a short-area burst of speed.

Negatives: Lacks strength at the point of attack and is very slow shedding blocks. Easily pushed aside by blockers.

Analysis: Falahola is a tough college defensive lineman who?s fallen under the radar in the scouting community. He possesses enough physical skills and intensity to be a backup on a four-man line and fill the role of a three-technique lineman.

Projection: FA

Stephen Paea SI Grade 2.94 Grading System

Position: DT
Class: 5Sr
School: Oregon State
Conference: Pac-10
HT: 6-1.5
WT: 303
40 Time: 5.05
Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Voted Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and named to several all-American teams, putting up 45/10/6. Junior numbers included 43/3.5/3 after he had 41/11/5 as a sophomore.

Positives: Explosive, one-gap defensive tackle who plays with great intensity. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with outstanding pad level and gets leverage on opponents. Built low to the ground, keeps his feet driving up the field, and works hard until the whistle blows. Knifes through blocks on the inside, fluid changing direction and displays an array of moves with his hands getting off blocks. Slides laterally down the line to make plays, rarely off his feet, and draws extra attention from opponents.

Negatives: Easily out-positioned or neutralized at the point by a single blocker. Lacks great bulk on the inside. Did not improve as much as a senior as most scouts thought was possible.

Analysis: Paea is a tremendous college defensive lineman who plays with a nonstop motor. Size is a limiting factor yet if put in a position to best use his talents, he will undoubtedly produce at the next level as a starter. He would be best as a three-technique lineman or one-gap tackle.

Projection: 2nd

Sione Fua SI Grade 2.85

Grading System
Position: DT
Class: 5Sr
School: Stanford
Conference: Pac-10
HT: 6-1.5
WT: 308
40 Time: 5.28
Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior with totals of 23/6/4.5. Had 24/3/1.5 as a junior and 17 tackles as a sophomore.

Positives: Quick, explosive interior lineman with potential at tackle or on the nose. Explodes off the snap with a terrific first step, quickly gets his hands up, and uses them well to protect himself. Consistently bends his knees, plays with good pad level, and is strong in his lower body. Constantly focused on in the middle of the line but plays with a nasty attitude. Strong, pushes opponents off the ball, and works hard to make positive plays. Fluid moving in every direction of the field and easily changes direction to chase the action.

Negatives: Must develop more moves and become quicker disengaging from blocks. Not much of a pass rusher. Marginally productive in college.

Analysis: Fua has displayed consistent progress and is a prospect who can be used at several positions on the defensive line. He's an underrated athlete who will only get better as he physically matures and polishes his game. He possesses the skill and potential to break into a starting lineup at the next level.

Utah Utes football: Haloti Ngata says the Utes will do well in the Pac-12

 Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011 8:24 p.m. MDT

 By Dirk Facer, Deseret News

 Utah native and the Ravens' Haloti Ngata (92) celebrates after intercepting a pass in the end zone.

SALT LAKE CITY—Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata knows what the Utah Utes are getting into. The former Highland High School star played his college football at the University of Oregon.

"I think they'll do a lot of good things in the Pac-12," Ngata said Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The NFL standout noted that he's always loved Utah and has an uncle who played for the Utes.

"I've always been around and seen this team grow. I'm excited for them to be in the Pac-12," Ngata said. "I think it'll be good for them because it looked like they were just overpowering the Mountain West."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Troy Polamalu's No. 43 most popular NFL jersey PUBLISHED 7 hours and 49 minutes ago LAST UPDATED 7 hours and 34 minutes ago

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu may have the most popular hair in the NFL. Now, his jersey is No. 1, too.

Polamalu's No. 43 was the top-selling NFL players jersey over the last fiscal year (April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011), according to numbers obtained from the NFL by Sporting News.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) celebrates his 40-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL AFC championship against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. (AP Photo)

It's not too surprising to see Polamalu at the top of the list. Over the previous four years, beginning in 2006, his jersey ranked sixth, 11th, third and fourth.

Polamalu and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (eighth) were the only two non-quarterbacks in the top 10.

Super Bowl champion quarterback Aaron Rodgers ranked second in jersey sales. Rounding out the top 10 were: 3. Drew Brees; 4. Peyton Manning; 5. Tim Tebow; 6. Michael Vick; 7. Tom Brady; 8. Matthews; 9. Tony Romo; 10. Eli Manning.

Quarterback Brett Favre, who led jersey sales a year ago, fell to No. 14.

The Packers led in team merchandise sales over the last year. They were followed, in order, by the Steelers, Cowboys, Bears, Patriots, Eagles, Saints, Giants, Jets and Colts.


Lee Tonga - 7th year with the program

Lee is an energetic, positive, and fun head coach with a lot of experience.  He has been around the volleyball community for over 30 years both as a player and coach.  He stresses volleyball fundamentals, as well as encouraging players to play out side their comfort level and think out side the box. Lee has had much success at all levels.

Lee has coached all levels of club volleyball for over twenty-three years. He is the founder and former director of Texas Heat Volleyball Club (established 1991) and is a USA Volleyball CAP Level II Coach. He has coached two volleyball All-Americans and has qualified five teams for USAV Junior Olympic Nationals including 1 U-18 winning 2005-2006 Lone Star Classic Club division and 1 U-18 taking 2 place finish in 1997 Lone Star Classic.

Lee played volleyball for over thirty-two years. He is the father of four:  Kalani, Sunny, Steven, and Westlee and stepfather of three:  Brittany, Michael, and Geoffry. He is the proud grandfather of Evie, Ilaias, Ellie, and Trey.

Monday, April 11, 2011


LB 6-0 215 FR-HS Henderson, NV Foothill HS
The only member of the 2011 class from the state of Nevada ... Played both ways in high school but is projected as a linebacker for the Rebels ... Last name is pronounced "ah-FO-ah." HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Foothill HS under coach Marty Redmond, seeing time at running back, safety, receiver, punt returner and kick returner ... A knee injury cut his senior season short for the Falcons, who went 10-2 in 2010 ... Despite the missed time, he was named second team All-Sunrise Southeast as a running back by Nevada Prep Report ... As a junior, he had two interceptions and rushed for 703 yards and added 19 receptions for 167 yards and scored nine touchdowns ... Also competed in basketball and track and field as a prepster. PERSONAL: Connor Afoa was born on July 29, 1993, in Castro Valley, CA ... The son of Michelle O'Neil Afoa and Freddy Afoa ... Has an older brother, Dylan, and an older sister, Antoinette.
HAUCK ON AFOA: "Connor Afoa is a physical player who has a real love for the game. He is a talented running back but we're going to play him on the defensive side of the ball."


DL 6-4 235 FR-HS Pago Pago, AS Samoana HS
One of four defensive linemen in this year's Rebel class ... Last name is pronounced "SUN-e-TOW-ah" ... Follows in the footsteps of two graduating UNLV defensive linemen that also hailed from American Samoa (Isaako Aaitui and Daniel Mareko). HIGH SCHOOL: Was a four-year letterman playing for coach Simon Mageo at Samoana HS ... Registered more than 30 tackles along with 7.5 sacks as a senior for the Sharks ... Was a two-time all-league selection ... Also lettered in baseball as a pitcher and first baseman and basketball as a center and power forward. PERSONAL: Sonny Miki Sanitoa was born on Sept. 25, 1993, in Los Angeles, CA ... The son of Larry Sanitoa and Deanna Fuimaono ... Has four brothers, Stefan, Shanahan, Sloane and Sheyenne, and two sisters, Savannah and Simone.
HAUCK ON SANITOA: "Sonny is little bit of an unknown, coming from American Samoa. There is a history of solid football players from that part of the world and we have had some of those at UNLV. His high school film would indicate that he is next in line of the solid performers."

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cougars impress scouts at Pro Day By Joshua Siegel

Matangi Tonga said that he had to wake his legs up.

“I was nervous when I walked up to the line,” Tonga said. “My legs felt rubbery.”

The 290-pound nose tackle was one of eight Cougars to work out for scouts from 19 NFL teams yesterday at the University’s Annual Pro Day, held inside Yeoman Field House.

Tonga’s combination of size and speed made him standout during the drills. He ran a 4.81 second 40-yard dash and had the most reps on bench press among the Cougars. That performance had some scouts interested in him as something other than a defensive lineman.

“I was shocked. They had me doing fullback drills. The last time I played fullback was in high school. They told me to get in a fullback stance, I forgot how to do that. I just learned how to play fullback in about five minutes.”

Tonga gave the scouts a taste of his offensive skills, running a handful of routes and learning blocking drills on the fly.

“He was teaching me how to spread my feet, sit down a little bit,” Tonga said. “All the running routes came back naturally as I was running around and the blocking they told me what to do.”

Tonga said that he has always been quick and that gaining weight has been his biggest problem playing as a defensive lineman in college.

“Growing up I was really skinny, so I was always pretty quick, pretty fast,” Tonga said. “As I got older I started putting on weight, but I still kept my same speed. That was always an advantage lining up at D-line.

“I’m looking to get stronger, especially if I’m going to play D-line, because I’m going to be going up against lineman that are 6’6, 320 and they’re not sluggish — they’re pretty fast. My quickness and speed is there. I can get a lot stronger.”

Overall, Tonga was pleased with his performance, but there was one small part of his workout that would leave the gym with him.

“On my bench, I wanted 30, but I got 29,” Tonga said. “That one more rep is going to kill me. It’s going to kill me for a couple of days, but that last rep is so hard.”

Other Cougars were pleased with their performances as well. Isaiah Thompson saw Monday as a way to improve upon some of his numbers from his NFL Combine performance in Indianapolis.

Kierre Johnson had the best 40-yard dash time at 4.43. Jamal Robinson took the top spot in the broad and vertical jumps.

“We have a lot of talent at this school,” Thompson said. “And maybe sometimes people get overlooked for whatever reason. I’m just happy that the amount of scouts that were out here today showed up so everyone could have an opportunity also.”

Iosefa is no Average Joey The redshirt freshman from American Samoa is making a name for himself in the backfield By Jason Kaneshiro POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 31, 2011

Getting up to speed with his duties in the backfield has accelerated Joey Iosefa’s rise up the depth chart.
As much as any group, spring represents a season of opportunity for Hawaii’s running backs. Iosefa, a redshirt freshman who began learning the position last spring, is positioning himself for playing time in the fall with eye-catching performances in the Warriors’ workouts.
“Joey Iosefa’s been a great surprise,” UH running backs coach Brian Smith said. “He looks a lot quicker, he’s understanding the offense a lot better, getting a lot more comfortable, so he’s had a really good spring so far.”
The Warriors’ top two backs last season — Alex Green and Chizzy Dimude — completed their eligibility in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, creating a gaping vacancy this year’s group is aiming to fill.
“It motivates me and I see this as my shot,” said Iosefa, whose given name is Marvin but has answered to Joey most of his life. “I haven’t played for so long I’m going to give 100 percent effort every day.”
Although still classified as a freshman, Iosefa hasn’t played in a regular-season game since his senior season at Fagaitua High School in American Samoa in 2008. As a grayshirt, he didn’t enroll at UH full-time until last spring and was a redshirt in the fall.
An all-purpose standout at Fagaitua, where he played quarterback, receiver and safety, Iosefa dabbled at linebacker when he first joined the program before moving to running back.
He spent last season learning the basics at the position while Green became UH’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1992.
“He’d never really been a running back before so the reads were new to him, the footwork was new to him, everything was pretty new to him,” Smith said.
Along with shedding some weight in the offseason, Iosefa’s growing confidence in understanding the offensive scheme has allowed him to play faster in his opportunities this spring.
He broke off a big gain in yesterday’s practice after catching a screen pass on the perimeter and made some tough inside runs on short-yardage plays.
“Not only is he physical but he plays real hard, too,” Smith said. “He plays though the whistle.”
The competition at running back includes junior Sterling Jackson, who also redshirted and entered the spring as the leading candidate to step in for Green.
“I think Sterling is showing he can do a lot of the things Alex was doing,” Smith said. “He just needs to translate it to the field and get comfortable in the offense and play with a lot of confidence.”
John Lister showed flashes of his potential last spring and redshirted in the fall. With Jordan Monico moving to linebacker, sophomore Hogan Rosehill is the only member of the group with a Division I carry. He ran the ball five times for 24 yards last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
“It’s wide open, so I hope they all see there is a great opportunity there,” Smith said.
“Competition’s great, it’s going to get them all better and we’ll see who really wants to play the most.”

Noa Aluesi: Committed to Beavs, will go on Mormon mission

Noa Aluesi: Committed to Beavs, will go on Mormon mission
by the staff of, January 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm ET

Mountainous defensive end Noa Aluesi has verballed to Oregon State but will go on his Mormon mission first. His expected arrival at OSU is slated for 2013, according to a report in The Oregonian citing Jefferson High coach Anthony Stoudamire.

Aluesi checks in these days at 6-foot-8, 255 pounds. At that size, and still growing, it would seem offensive tackle, tight end or d-tackle would be in his future but Stoudamire said there are other possibilities.

“He's a big boy, but he carries it well. Oregon State is looking at him as a defensive end, maybe outside linebacker, even tight end. He's an athlete, and they're just going to play it by ear," said Stoudamire.

Aluesi, who also played quarterback this season, and was named Class 5A second team at d-end this past season, had offers from Idaho and Portland State and was seeing interest from Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

Lia Havili named NJCAA honorable mention All-American

Date: December 6, 2010

Lia Havili    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball standout Lia Havili has been named an honorable mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
    The announcement was made last week by NJCAA officials in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    “I’m extremely proud of Lia being named an honorable mention All-American,” said Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann.  “Her hard work, selfless attitude and contributions to the Grizzly Volleyball program over the past two years have been rewarded with this honor.”
    Havili, a 5-foot 9-inch sophomore setter from Haltom City, Texas, played in 246 games for the Grizzlies during her two-year career.  She recorded a total of 94 kills on 239 attempts with 43 errors for an attacking percentage of .213 and amassed 1,730 assists, 21 blocks – including four solo blocks, 66 aces, 509 digs and 181 points earned.
    “Lia was a key player in last year’s second-place finish at the NJCAA national championships and continued this season to prove she was one of the top setters in the country by being named to three all-tournament teams, as well as Region 16 Co-Player of the Year,” Wiedemann said.
    Havili ends her Missouri State-West Plains career eighth on the list of most assists for a single season with 1,155 this past season and eighth on the list of most assists in a career with 1,730.

Ward, Polamalu pummel obesity

Steelers Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, who presumably have a bit more free time on their hands these days because of that whole lockout thing, were in Los Angeles on Saturday to promote an Obama administration healthy eating initiative. Ward serves on the president's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which is dedicated to improving the lives of those groups. Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have the highest obesity rate of any U.S. minority group (20 percent of high schoolers are obsese), a stat that inspired the event, which included a fitness demonstration on UCLA's intramural field.
"Balancing a healthy diet with exercise is critical if you want to perform at your best," Ward told the crowd, according to a White House news release. "And teaching your kids this balance at an early age is the key to developing a healthy lifestyle. In this age of video games, kids today don’t get much physical exercise and we, as parents, need to change that."
Early Returns could not confirm rumors that James Harrison was snubbed by the White House because of concerns that he would attack obesity too aggressively and draw a fine or suspension.

Te'o likely to miss Notre Dame spring game

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- As expected, Manti Te'o jumped into some relatively heavy work during the final stages of Notre Dame's spring practice slate, taking reps in 7-on-7 drills Wednesday.

But further viewings of the team's leading tackler may be limited this spring. Te'o, recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, isn't likely to play in the spring game April 16.

"We want to develop him over the next five days, too, where if we wanted to play him, we certainly could in the spring game," Irish coach Brian Kelly said after Wednesday's practice. "I don't think we will... I'm not ready to make that decision right now, but my thought is that we would not."

Brandon Manumaleuna is on the RAMPAGE

Chicago Bears Star -- My Bentley Pimper Shafted Me!

275-pound Chicago Bears behemoth Brandon Manumaleuna is on the RAMPAGE -- claiming he paid $27K to trick out his Bentley ... but the guy he hired for the job screwed him over ... and stole his money.


Brandon filed the docs in L.A. County Superior Court yesterday -- blasting some guy named Marc Laidler, who owns 310 Motoring ... a car customization company based in Los Angeles.

According to the lawsuit, Brandon paid Marc $27,188 to spruce up his 2009 Bentley -- but Marc and his company did jack squat ... and so far, have refused to give Brandon his money back.

Brandon is suing to get all his money back asap ... plus damages. Attempts to reach Marc Laidler were unsuccessful.

Salary adjustments could be on tap for Tatupu, Trufant

Posted April 06, 2011 @ 7:12 p.m. ET
By Dan Arkush
We hear the Seahawks are still planning on significant contributions next season from MLB Lofa Tatupu and LCB Marcus Trufant — a pair of veteran defenders who finished tied for second and fourth in tackles, respectively, in 2010. That said, team insiders believe it would not be a surprise at all if both of their contracts were restructured, as wear and tear appears to have taken a toll as they enter the downside of their respectable careers.

While both Tatupu and Trufant started every game in 2010 after missing significant time because of injury the previous season and continue to command considerable respect, it was clear to daily team observers that they labored more than a little last season. Tatupu gutted out a hamstring injury in training camp and had successful surgery on both knees in January for the second time. Trufant had issues in varying degrees with his shoulders and back and suffered a pair of head injuries, the last of which was a serious concussion in the Seahawks’ season-ending playoff loss to the Bears.

“There is a lot of money in the back end of those deals that they both signed in 2007,” one team insider said. “Lofa, who never talks about injuries. was hurt a lot worse last year than he let on this season. I think the tremendous workload early in his career might be catching up to him. But [Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll] thinks the world of him, and Tatupu playing at 80 percent is still a lot better than most guys playing at 100 percent.”

While Trufant made his share of tackles, he had only one interception and eight passes defensed, five less than fellow starting CB Kelly Jennings, who is widely considered serviceable at best. “He (Trufant) was a lot better than the year before, but he cannot really be considered in an elite class anymore,” the insider said.

Iosua Siliva Austin Peay Governors Football

 #91 Iosua Siliva Position:     Defensive End
Height:     6'5"
Weight:     253
Year:     Sophomore
City/State:     Vailoa, America Samoa
High School:     Leone HS


Defensive end final two seasons at Leone High School was credited with 54 tackles and eight quarterback sacks...also played offensive tackle...participated in Samoa Bowl VII "Back to the Roots" matchup on New Year's Day....returned interception 50 yards for TD in game and also had quarterback sack.

Arizona football: American Samoan spent freshman year picking up systems

Aiulua Fanene has a system.

Whenever the Arizona Wildcats defensive tackle wants to call home, he first phones his brother, Jonathan, in Ohio.

Jonathan Fanene, a defensive end with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, punches a few buttons and then connects his younger brother to Nu'uuli, American Samoa, so he can connect with their parents.

It's a complex, time-consuming process with one obvious reward.

"I don't waste my money," he said.

Fanene is taking advantage of every opportunity this spring, whether it's playing time on the Wildcats' rebuilt defensive line or - thanks to his brother - an inexpensive way to call home.

Coaches believe the 6-foot-4-inch, 280-pound Fanene can develop into something special. Fanene was named the UA scout team's defensive MVP as a true freshman last fall; uncommonly strong and constantly improving, he could be a surprise contributor in 2011.

"He's getting better," coach Mike Stoops said. "He's young, he's a big body inside, and he's certainly getting more comfortable. We're pleased with his overall development."

No player has come further, both geographically and on the field.

Fanene grew up in American Samoa, a South Pacific island located more than 5,000 miles from Tucson. Fanene starred at Tafuna High School and was profiled on CBS' "60 Minutes" but arrived at the UA last summer with so little football experience that he was immediately redshirted.

Fanene spent the 2010 season mimicking opposing defenses and picking up the nuances of a position that requires more than brute strength.

His improvement is showing this spring: Fanene's technique is better, and his recognition of opposing offenses is sharper. The 18-year-old has learned to leverage his body and "get low" when the ball is snapped, defensive tackles coach Joe Salave'a said.

The last remaining piece - a killer instinct - is still developing.

"Sometimes, he's too nice," Salave'a said. "I've got to make sure I carve his teeth a little bit and that when we're between the white lines, let's not be too friendly."

Salave'a, who grew up in American Samoa before moving to Oceanside, Calif., as a high-schooler, says friendliness is "just a part of these guys' personalities."

"That's good, but you have to play this game with brute strength and toughness," he said. "Along with that, you have to make sure we're honed in on the fundamentals and the technique aspect."

Fanene's tireless work ethic and willingness to improve has already made him a favorite of coaches and teammates.

Fanene misses home but said he's content playing football in Tucson. The UA's Polynesian recruiting pipeline and Salave'a's presence on the coaching staff means Fanene is never far from a familiar face. Offensive lineman Lene Maiava, a high school teammate of Fanene, will enroll at the UA this summer.

By then, Fanene should have his new role mastered.

"Working hard is a step-by-step thing," Fanene said. "Every day I come outside, I need to be focused - I need to be all hyped up, be physical, think positive and humble myself. … I know I'm a freshman, but I have to think I'm mature enough."

Servite's Pauu shines at NIKE Camp

April 4th, 2011, 3:00 pm · Post a Comment · posted by DAN WOIKE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Servite junior Butch Pauu was only given one thing Sunday at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp on the USC campus -- his spot in line.

Pauu got a late start on the day, but that didn't keep him from being one of the first prospects to check in at the camp, thanks to a cousin holding a spot at the front of the line.

While the line-jumping got Pauu something he didn't really deserve, the honors inside the camp were a different story.

Pauu was named the camp's Most Valuable linebacker, sending a message to talent evaluators that he belongs on the field with the West's most talented football recruits.

"I hope I (open some eyes)," he said after winning the award. "I work my tail off in the weight room and in the classroom to be recognized on the field. Colleges, sometimes I feel, are looking for that 6-2, 230 kind of guy. At 5-11, 215, I sort of have to prove that I can play at the next level and that I can play with the big guys."

Pauu holds offers from BYU, Washington and Iowa State. He's also being contacted by a "mess" of other schools including USC, Oregon and, most recently, Minnesota. ranks Pauu as a three-star recruit.

With Spring football set for early May, Pauu was excited to see a number of his Servite teammates out at the camp Sunday, wetting his appetite for practice. Sunday also was a chance to test himself against a number of well-thought-of recruits on USC's practice fields.

"Coming into it, I knew these guys were the best of the best," Pauu said. "I knew this would be a good day to compete with some of the best players in the nation. The receivers and the running backs are so hard to cover. It just makes you have to be much faster in what you think about and in knowing where you need to go on the field."

The camp also reinforced something Pauu already knew.

"Our linebacker coach today told us one of the top things we have to do on the field is play smart," he said. "As a linebacker, the physical aspect is part of your job. But really, it’s more the mental part that you have to take care of in order to be a great linebacker.

"That’s a big thing I do. I go home and study a lot of film on opposing teams. It’s starting to pay off for me."

Friday, April 1, 2011

Professional Athletes to Promote Youth Fitness at AAPI Event in LA

Contributed by YokweOnline on Mar 31, 2011 - 01:13 AM

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is hosting a fitness day at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) intramural field this Saturday to draw attention to the increasing rate of childhood obesity among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth. Joining APPI Presidential Commission members to exercise with 500 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth from the Los Angeles area will be special guests, Trainer Jillian Michaels and professional athletes Troy Polamalu and Marcus McNeill.

White House AAPI Commissioners Sefa Aina and Hines Ward will host the first Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Youth Health and Fitness Day event on April 2.

Tony Babauta, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, is also scheduled to attend.

The following media advisory was released today:


DATE: Saturday, April 2, 2011

TIME: 10 a.m.
Truck preset: 9 a.m.
Camera preset: 9:30 a.m.
Cable run: 300 feet

PLACE: UCLA Intramural Field, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles
Media entrance: North Athletic Field entrance
Truck parking: Wilson Plaza, Sunset Blvd. entrance


Tony Babauta, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas
Sefa Aina, vice chair, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Hines Ward, member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and professional athlete
Tana Lepule, member, California Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Marcus McNeill, professional athlete
Jillian Michaels, trainer and athlete
Troy Polamalu, professional athlete

For more information, contact:

RSVPs for regular, non-media attendees can be sent to

- White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, March 30, 2011