Archive for March, 2009

Mouton getting noticed

March 31st, 2009
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Ryan Mouton is getting some attention as the April 25-26 NFL Draft approaches. He’s ranked among the top 10 cornerbacks in the draft in an article by sportingnews.com’s Russ Lande. Here’s Lande’s assessment:  ”10. Ryan Mouton, Hawaii (5-9, 187)Mouton is not a well known prospect by the media, but NFL personnel men have started to move him up draft boards this spring. He is an athletic cornerback with the foot quickness and explosiveness to close on passes in a flash, and he has the ball skills to break up passes. He also is a competitive player who flies upfield to deliver violent tackles. He should be a nickel cornerback as a rookie and a starter in time.” Mouton was putting a strong performance together at the NFL combine before he hurt his hamstring running the 40. He was still credited with a 4.48, tied for the third best time among cornerbacks. His agent, Kenny Zuckerman, said he’ll be ready to run at UH’s Pro Day on Thursday in Carson, Calif. David Veikune, who ran a 4.87 at the combine, also plans to run again at Pro Day.

Spring practice-day one

March 30th, 2009
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The first day of spring practice is in the books. A few highlights of an afternoon devoted to position drills and fundamentals:

 

>> After warmups, the entire team spent the first period of practice working on form tackling. Wednesday’s emphasis will be on shedding blocks, with turnover drills on the agenda for Saturday.

>> The quarterbacks appeared on target for the most part with Greg Alexander leading the rotation. Five-foot-eight slotback Dustin Blount made a nice leaping catch over the middle during drills.

“Now I know the offense. I’m looking at the right things, things are slowing down and I know where I want the ball to go,” he said.

>> The offensive and defensive lines got some one-on-one work, though without much contact, focusing primarily on their first step off the line.

>> Seeing some players in new numbers will take some getting used to, Leon Wright-Jackson in 23, for example. Inoke Funaki, listed as No. 2 on the spring roster, wore No. 20, switching with slotback Jon Medeiros. Jake Heun, a redshirt running back last year, is now wearing a green No. 5 and worked with the defensive ends.

>> Head coach Greg McMackin said Wednesday’s practice will be more individual and position drills. He said they’ll put the pads on for Saturday morning’s practice, which will include 7-on-7 and team periods.

 >> The first units today:

Offense—WRs Greg Salas, Malcolm Lane; SBs Kealoha Pilares, Jon Medeiros; QB Greg Alexander; RB Leon Wright-Jackson; OL (from left) Aaron Kia, Ray Hisatake, John Estes, Raphael Ieru, Laupepa Letuli.

Defense—DL John Fonoti, Vaughn Meatoga, Rocky Savaiigaea, Elliott Purcell; LBs R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane, Brashton Satele, Viliami Nauahi; DBs Jeramy Bryant, Chris Black, Spencer Smith, Mana Silva.

No surprises tonight in MPSF 3-28

March 28th, 2009
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BYU def. UCLA, 29-31, 34-32, 30-28, 30-25

Pepperdine def. Long Beach State, 30-22, 25-30, 31-29, 30-28

CSU Northridge def, Pacific, 30-19, 30-20, 30-27

Stanford def. UC Santa Barbara, 30-24, 30-19, 23-30, 30-24

USC def. UC San Diego, 30-25, 30-26, 30-27

UCLA upsets BYU and other MPSF scores 3-27

March 27th, 2009
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In Provo, UCLA def.  BYU 30-27, 30-27, 28-30, 30-25 UCI def. Hawaii, 30-19, 30-24, 32-30 Stanford def. CSU Northridge, 30-27, 34-32, 30-32, 30-22 UC Santa Barbara def. Pacific, 30-26, 30-22, 30-25 

UH junior day

March 27th, 2009
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To clarify, UH’s Junior Day on April 25 doesn’t count toward a recruit’s five official visits they can take as a senior. They are allowed a campus visit as a junior and those participating will pay for their own lunch. It’s a chance for the high schoolers to take an inside look at the program and for the coaches to connect with some of the state’s prospects.