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Aug 01

Locals in “The League”, News and Notes

In a thread from ClanRam, a forum for St.Louis Rams fans, MFranke was impressed with former Warrior wide receiver Greg Salas during his first day in training camp.

A possible candidate for star of the first practice would be Greg Salas, who I saw make more catches than anybody else, including some tough catches over the middle.

Salas, Hawaii’s career leader in receiving yards with 4,345, was drafted in the 4th round (#112 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  It was a heartbreaking rookie year for Salas whose season ended when he broke a bone in his leg in a game against the Arizona Cardinals.  Up until that point, he was the team’s leading receiver.

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America

The toughness of Salas is never in question, which is why he should come back strong.  Speaking of toughness, which Warrior fan doesn’t remember this play?

Royce Pollard, who is a long shot to make the New York Jets roster, is still showing he has the potential to play at the next level, according to Donald Lappe with NewYorkJets101.com.

What Royce Pollard does bring is a great work ethic. He walked on at the University of Hawaii, ending up as a captain last season. He went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, but latched on with the Jets and has made it to training camp. While there doesn’t seem to be a spot for him on the roster right now, don’t be surprised if he makes some plays that earn him a spot on a roster elsewhere in the NFL.

Pollard makes a catch during NFL football practice, Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Florham Park, N.J. Photo: AP.

Former Warrior linebackers Solomon Elimimian (2005-2008) and Corey Paredes (2008-2011) are fighting for roster spots with the Minnesota Vikings. Mike Wobschall  talks about Elimimian on the MinnesotaVikings.com blog.

Elimimian will be interesting to watch because he’s undersized but he’s also a player who clearly knows how to play the position. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2010 and helped his club (BC Lions) win the Grey Cup in 2011. In two CFL seasons, Elimimian tallied 175 tackles, 9.0 sacks and 2 INTs and was voted the league’s “hardest hitter” by his peers.

Solomon during mini-camp on June 20. Photo: Jim Mone AP.

Ryan Mouton, former Warrior DB (2007-2008), is finally looking healthy, according to Jim Wyatt with The Tennessean.

On Monday, the fourth-year pro showed just how far he’s come. He was a star on the third day of training camp, intercepting two passes, including a leaping pick of a Rusty Smith throw.

Photo: Yahoo! Sports

Mouton is determined to prove to the Tennessee Titans that he was no mistake being drafted in the 3rd round (#94 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Keep making plays like this, then no problem…

QUICK NEWS AND NOTES (if you haven’t already heard)

  • Norm Chow announced yesterday that the Warrior uniforms will no longer have names on the back.  The most notable schools with no-name jerseys?  Notre Dame (bleh), USC (grrrrrr), and Penn State (yikes!!!).
  • Silas Redd, the former Penn State starting running back has transferred to USC.  His first game as a Trojan will be against Hawaii on September 1.
  • Penn State offensive lineman, Anthony Alosi, who the Warriors were interested in, has announced that he will remain with the Nittany Lions.
  • The Warriors’ first practice of training camp will start at 2:10 pm tomorrow.
  • Toli Ilaoa, the younger brother of Nate Ilaoa, whom I talked about yesterday will compete as a defensive lineman.
  • And Stepen Tsai posted this picture from USC’s first day of camp on his Warrior Beat blog.  Looks like they ain’t taking us lightly (said with “choke” sarcasm).